Heather’s 2011 Top Five Reads

Posted 31 December, 2011 by Heather in Blog, Heather, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I can’t believe 2011 is almost over, so I checked out Goodreads to see what I’ve read over course of the last year.

I finished  50 books for a total of 11, 639 pages. I had set a goal of 40 books for 2011, so I was glad to meet that and then some. To sum up the year, I’ve picked the five reads that I’ve loved the best. These aren’t in any special order, just in descending order from what I’ve read more recently and working my way back to the beginning of the year.

Pushy and my friend Rachel finally pursuaded me to read The Hunger Games. Seeing the trailer as we waited for the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn to start just cemented that I needed to read these books before I saw the movie next year. I devoured each one of the three books in the series, loving each one. I reviewed The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay in three separate posts of the Heather Finally Reads… feature.

JL Bryan finished off his Paranormals trilogy with Alexander Death, answering many questions about what type of beings Jenny, Seth, Ashleigh, and Alexander are and what they’ve been doing to each other over the millenia. This was a great final book that answered all of the important questions while maintaining character growth. Whenever someone asks about what they should read next, I always recommend this trilogy and not one person has been disappointed with this series yet. Check out my review.

Beautiful Chaos— it’s hard to express how much I love this book and The Caster Chronicles as a whole. Just check out my review. This series has great character development and evolution from book to book, and these are certainly not boring books. There is one more book in the series and I cannot wait for next fall.

Anna Dressed In Blood has the favorite male main character that I read all year. I kind of wish Cas was real–but then that would mean that I had a ghost problem, and I don’t think that would be much fun. All five of us Bookworms reviewed this one, so it was a rare thing where we all got together to discuss a book at once. I’m really looking forward to the sequel to this one, Girl of Nightmares.

And finally, Warm Bodies was a pleasant surprise. Who knew that a zombie could be so eloquent, so complex, so gentlemanly? I’m not so sure about the movie they’re making out of this book–the movie poster looks like it’s gotten the Twilight treatment from Summit. It’s such a great book, so I guess I’ll have to reserve judgement.

So those are the five series/books that I loved this year. What books did you absolutely love this year? I’m on Goodreads and I love seeing what everyone else is reading, and I’m open to recommendations from everyone. Feel free to friend request me if you’d like, and have a Happy New Year!


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I'm a PhD chemist who loves sarcasm, music, and books-paranormal, mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and romance. Most of my free time is spent at the martial arts studio these days--whether practicing Combat Hapkido or reading books while watching my son's Taekwondo classes, or even working up a sweat with Kickboxing for fun. Goodreads

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