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armchair BEA: best of 2011 (so far)

today, Armchair BEA asks what our favorite book of 2011 is so far. i've read a lot of fabulous books this year, but not all of them were published in 2011. in a couple weeks, i'll be posting my mid-year update with more in depth thoughts on what i've read so far this year, how the reading challenges are going, etc.

for now, here are my fave books that were published in 2011!

best digital galley read: The Atomic Weight of Secrets or the Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black by Eden Bowditch. i was pleasantly surprised at the mystery and the spooky+quirkiness of this read. i fell in love with the characters and totally have to know what happens next in the series! i downloaded a copy of this from NetGalley and i'm so glad i did.

best reprint read: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. this book was a total blend of The Princess Diaries and The Mortal  Instruments Series and i loved it. the main character, Gwen, is funny, sweet, and authentic. i believe her voice every single page, and i need to know how the rest of her story unfolds! too bad i can't read German and knock out the series right now...

best middle-grade read: Horton Halfpott or The Fiendish Mystery at Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset by Tom Angleberger.  the illustrations were great, the characters were hilarious, and the voice of the narrator/author was totally charming. i laughed out loud like a total loon more than once, and for a story that's so silly, it truly does pack a good mystery and a lot of heart.

best young adult read: Divergent by Veronica Roth.  no surprises here, i realize, but it's totally for good reason. this book is like Ender's Game for girls. in this dystopian set in the not too distant future of Chicago, teenagers are sorted into factions in which they live out the rest of their lives. the best part of this one for me was the authenticity of the teenagers and the fact that every single character is flawed. you know, like REAL people are. and this book is utterly unputdownable etc so the writing is top notch.

so that's it for me! i'd love to see your top book from 2011 so far, so leave a link or a comment down below.

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Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I was looking at the Atomic Weight of Secrets - I think I will have to download it now and read it too.

  2. Horton Halfpott is near the top of my to read list. Tom Angleberger is a good writer and a busy one. The sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda comes out in just a few months. I’m really looking forward to that one, too. My good friend Penny C. Monster has Ruby Red and Divergent on her list. She’ll be glad to hear they're both good. Thanks for the list.

  3. Divergent is one of my top picks as well! :)

  4. Heard amazing things about Divergent. Glad you enjoyed it enough for the top list as well!

    My top 5 "Best Of 2011" books!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  5. I have to agree with you about Divergent! Ruby Red sounds very intriguing as well.

  6. Coreena - i look forward to reading what you think!
    Bigfoot - Yay! I need to read Oragami Yoda, but if it's half as funny and sweet as Horton, I'm a huge fan already.
    Scoot - of course it is! :)
    Bex - give it a try, i think you'll like it! from what i can tell, you dig the emotional drama in books and Divergent brings it something fierce.
    Lucy - RR is faaaabulous! Give it a try. :)

  7. I'm currently reading Divergent and totally loving it! I'm glad I picked it up. New follower :)

  8. Divergent!!! Completely agree! I haven't read the others yet...fail!

  9. I've seen Divergent on way too many favorite lists and now I must read it!

  10. I love reading everyone's "best" lists. I may have to check out that Horton Halfpott. It sounds like something my daughter and I might enjoy.


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