Thursday, December 15, 2011

Spotlight List: The Giant List of 2011 Recommendations (7)

I made a really big list

I'm a list maker, as is probably pretty obvious by this feature. So of course I HAD to make an end-of-the-year list recapping all of the books I read in 2011. It's like a snapshot of reviews, but you can click on the titles to go to my full reviews.

I broke this up into seven posts (plus a guest post) that will go up throughout the day. Settle in, this is going to be a long one!

The Specialist Special Shelf

The elite section of the Special Shelf. These are the books that I pull off the shelf when I want to visit old friends and favorite scenes. These are the type of books I am constantly searching for and treasure when I find them. If the house was burning down, these are the books I'd be saving. They may not be perfect books, but they're perfect for me.

StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Spies, thievery, blackmail, shifting alliances, secret organizations, and court intrigue set in a snowed-in castle. YES MORE PLEASE!

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (review to come)
Why did I wait so long to read this?!

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (review to come)
Post-apocalyptic fantasy is my new favorite genre.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (review to come)
Assassins, court intrigue, and hate-turned-love romance. I am SO glad this is going to be a trilogy!

Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

Historical fiction done exactly how I want it. I RAGED, and cried, and wanted to reach in and hug Selene because I was so happy and proud!

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
SO much more than I was expecting. I could talk about this book for hours.

Catspaw by Joan D. Vinge
A re-read of an old favorite. Cat is one of my absolute favorite characters ever.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow
Beautiful. Absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful. Taggle!

The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren
LOVE! Every. Single. Thing.

Which books made your Specialist Special Shelf in 2011? Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

But wait! What did I think about all those other 2011 reads? Follow along to find out and weigh in on your own 2011 reads!
Part 1

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Part 5
Part 6
Guest post!


  1. Good to hear you enjoyed Touch of Power! I'm about half way through and enjoying it thus far!

    Also, very excited for Grave Mercy :)

    Tara @ Hobbitsies

  2. I'm glad that you enjoyed "Touch of Power". I was planning on reading it this weekend. I also got Starcrossed from the library and I can't wait to read Grave Mercy! :)

  3. Oh man. After going through all of these posts, I think my To Read pile hates me.

  4. Wow! Other than Waterfall I haven't read any of your special shelf reads.

    That was quite a list. I have quite a different list in mind. Only the best of the best but I'm posting it between Christmas and New Year's.

    As always, I enjoyed your reasoning and your lists! You're a trip!

  5. Oh, I still need to read Wildwood Dancing! I always keep forgetting to add it to my list!
    Thanks for the reminder!

    And I'll get to Waterfall, I promise!

  6. Hmmm...I have to read Starcrossed. Agreed on Lily of the Nile! I definitely want to read Song of the Nile. The historical world is fantastic! Big high five to Stephenie Dray. I just received Grave Mercy. Love LaFevers stuff. Gosh, I really must read The River of Time series.

  7. Ooh, you have quite a few on here that you have not reviewed yet. That's exciting because I think I love your gushing reviews best.

  8. I'm so thrilled and honored! (I bragged to my mom.)

  9. Tara, I loved it! If Touch of Power is your kind of book, then I think you'll like Grave Mercy!

    Rummanah, I enjoyed it a lot (but not as much as Poison Study). I hope you enjoy Starcrossed! I'll be keeping an eye out for your review.

    So Says the Whale, haha I do tend to make TBRs grow out of control :P

    Heather, You must read them!

    Alex, Read them both! I was really kicking myself for putting of Wildwood Dancing for so long.

    Melissa, Me too!!

    Julie, Oh my gosh, you MUST read Song of the Nile! It was SO good. I might even go so far as to say it was even better than Lily of the Nile. I hope you love Grave Mercy as much as I do! It's very different from her MG books, but it was so, so good. You really must read the River of Time. SO amazing!

    Aylee, hehe it's so hard writing them so they actually say something coherent :P

    Stephanie, I'm so glad you are! I've pushed your books on so many people (including MY mom) and they've all loved them! You really must write more historical fiction, please :)


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