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John’s Best of 2011 List

This list encompasses the best books that I read this year.  All books were published in 2011.  This list is by no means complete (as there are many books published in this year that I have not read) or calculated – these are simply just books that, on reflection, are the most memorable and well done in my reading experience this year.

  • You Are My Only by Beth Kephart (review)
  • Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (review)
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano (review)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (review)
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (review)
  • Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan | A | BN | K | S
  • A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young | A | BN | K | S
  • Chime by Franny Billingsley | A | BN | K | S
  • A Night of Scandal by Sarah Morgan (review)

And a small shout-out to my favorite series-continuations:

  • The Iron Queen  by Julie Kagawa | A | BN | K | S | HQN
  • The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier | A | BN | K | S

Ever since a good friend brought him a copy of Johanna Lindsey's Gentle Rogue, he has been hooked on the romance genre. Though he primarily reads in young-adult, he loves to spend time with paranormal, historical, and contemporary adult titles in-between books. Now, he finds himself juggling book reviews, school band, writing, and finding time to add to his TBR pile.


  1. Helen
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 14:01:12

    Yup, all my faves on this list. Chime really snuck up on me, I thought I’d hate it after the first few pages but it ended up being the book I have recommended to tons of people. Really unique.

  2. Tracy
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 14:06:52

    Loved Divergent, liked Chime and A Night of Scandala lot, thought Wither was just okay. Plan to read The Girl of Fire and Thorns ASAP. Will have to add the rest of your list to my TBR.

  3. Merrian
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 18:22:38

    I really enjoyed ‘The Girl of Fire and Thorns’ by Rae Carson and ‘Dragon Bound’ by Thea Harrison but was more on the fence with Sarah Morgan’s book. Always interesting to see what you have been reading.

  4. Serena
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 08:09:32

    What a great list, though I have to say that You Are My Only is the one I’m happiest to see here.

  5. Beth Kephart
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 10:16:45

    I am hugely honored, John. Thank you! A note to you on my blog today.

  6. Cecilia Grant
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 13:29:09

    John, did you get around to reading Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution? I remember you were a big fan – as am I – of her A Northern Light.

    Revolution didn’t work as well for me, though there was a lot in it I admired. I’d be curious to hear your take, if you did read it.

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