11 Favorites of 2011

Can you name your 11 favorite books from 2011?  This is a tough (but fun!) challenge.  I LOVED a lot of books this year, but I think these are my personal favorites of the year:  

1.  Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Outstanding coming-of-age story that beautifully illustrates it's not what life deals you that matters, it's how you play the hand.  Loved it in print AND audio. 

2.  Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Unforgettable account of one family's fight for life during Stalin's reign of terror, a horrific period of history I knew little about.    

3.  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I LOVE teen romance and fell head-over-heels for Etienne and Anna and the French Kiss.

4.  Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
After discovering Anna and the French Kiss, I had to read this companion novel.  Maybe loved it even more!?    

5.  Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
I adore the one-and-only Jack Gantos and laughed out loud all the way through this hilarious novel based on his childhood growing up in the little town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania.   

6.  Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor
This gentle story filled with quirky characters was a delightful surprise.     

7.  Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Sean Griswold's Head is a hilarious, touching story of love, family and coping that I enjoyed from beginning to end.

8.  A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
An incredibly moving novel based on the original idea of the late Siobhan Dowd.   

9.  Divergent by Veronica Roth
The premise of this dystopian novel is unique and compelling. 

10.  Favorite picture book:  Say Hello to Zorro!  by Carter Goodrich  
Endearing book that celebrates the charm of dogs and friendship.  The pictures and personality of the pug is perfect.  :) 

11.  Favorite adult (& audio) book:  Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey is a riot!

For more 2011 librarian favorites see Twitter #libfavs2011. 


  1. I agree on several of your picks. How about I Want My Hat Back for my favorite picture book?

  2. Hey, KK! Thanks for the comment. I picked SAY HELLO TO ZORRO! because I have a pug that I am crazy about, so Zorro stole my heart. But, I WANT MY HAT BACK is definitely my OTHER favorite! Love, love, LOVE that book. I think it's picture book perfection!



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