favourite books 2011
The first eight were unambiguously my favourites (in no particular order), but I had a hard time picking the last two.
My brother keeps trying to come up with new career ideas for me that involve things I'm "passionate" about, like somehow getting paid to review books, but trying to write even a couple of sentences about these books I loved reminded me yet again why that is not a good idea. Sorry for the lame descriptions. I included the GoodReads links so you can read more eloquent people's opinions.
1. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. The hype was deserved for a change. This short ebook about the publication of the book is also interesting.
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I got bored with Echo Bazaar pretty quickly, so if I'd known this was associated with a similar game, I might've been put off. Luckily, I didn't find out until I'd read and loved it.
3. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I was a big fan of YA fantasy this year, apparently. This was wonderful.
4. The Magician King by Lev Grossman. Not quite as good as the first book, but I still loved it. However, if this series ends badly, I'll have to retroactively remove the first two from these lists.
5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. This book would go well with the sad teen girl books from last year's list.
6. How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu. Another depressing and beautifully written book by the author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.
7. The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. This kind of reminded me of The Time Traveler's Wife. I wasn't expecting to like it this much based on the description and the first few chapters, but somehow it worked.
8. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. This was wonderful. I can't wait for her to write another book.
9. The Zero by Jess Walter. Another one with a kind of experimental structure that I wasn't expecting to like.
10. Mr Peanut by Adam Ross. This seemed to have more than one book within it, but they were all good.
Honourable mentions go to The Emperor of Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee for non-fiction, the Enola Holmes and Green Knowe books for children's series and Anja's Ghost by Vera Brosgol for graphic novels.