Top Ten Books I’m Most Thankful For: 2011!

It’s time for (my first) Top Ten Books of 2011, or the ones I’m most thankful for this year. These are books I read in 2011, not necessarily 2011 releases, although there are a few of those here. It was hard to pick just ten (out of over 175), but I managed. Barely. Happy Thanksgiving!

Eat. Read. Nap. Repeat.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Spellcast by Barbara Ashford|REVIEW
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Think you wouldn’t be interested in a fantasy novel that features behind-the-scenes of small town musical theatre? Think again. It’s what I thought too,until I cracked open the sparkling pages of Spellcast. Spellcast is a rich, magic infused novel that will leave you with the warm fuzzies at the end, and you’ll love every minute. I promise.

The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell| REVIEW
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This novel, about a young girl making her way across a wasteland filled with the walking dead, and horrors of the humankind, blew me away. Emotional, raw, and vivid, this is one of the books I credit with getting me hooked on the “genre of zombie.”

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant| REVIEW
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Zombies again? You bet! However, zombies are NOT the focus of this superb series by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire.) The focus is bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason as they navigate a post-apocalyptic world and cover the current presidential election. Feed is a terrifying novel of the near future, and yes, zombies. Nom.

Hounded (Iron Druid #1) by Kevin Hearne| REVIEW
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Haven’t discovered Druid Atticus and his faithful canine sidekick Oberon yet? Well, you’re in for a treat! After a slew of urban fantasies containing more of the same, along came Atticus and the gang. Kevin Hearne is the freshest voice in fantasy to come around in a long time, and there’s nothing I don’t love about this series. Plus, have you seen those covers? Atticus is the hotness. Yeah, I’m not above admitting that.

Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs| REVIEW
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Cthulhu, Southern Goth, and classic horror, all in one book? You’d better believe it! Set against the backdrop of hot and steamy 50’s Arkansas, Southern Gods embodies everything that great horror should be, and raises the bar for horror’s future. Don’t miss this one!

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger #1) by Jonathan Maberry| REVIEW
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It’s really no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of this series. Smart-mouthed, kick ass cop assigned to super secret government organization designed to take on “special” cases? A “special” case that involves zombies and bio-warfare? Yes please!

Allison Hewitt is Trapped: A Zombie Novel by Madeleine Roux|REVIEW
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I know, I know, I seem to be on a zombie roll here, but what can I say? Allison Hewitt and her trusty ax was one of the most entertaining heroines of my reading year, and this surprising book was full of substance, chills, and yes, plenty of zombie slaying fun.

Spellbent (Jessie Shimmer #1) by Lucy A. Snyder|REVIEW
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Spellbent is one of the most imaginative urban fantasy series debuts I’ve ever read. Jessie Shimmer is tough as nails, and her magic is not sparkly in the least. A rich, urban fantasy landscape and sexy, fascinating characters make this a series very worth your time!

Aftertime (Aftertime #1) by Sophie Littlefield|REVIEW
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As of yet, Sophie Littlefield can do no wrong. Every time she puts pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), she kills it. Aftertime is the story of a very wounded woman surviving in a world that has failed her in every way. Honest, raw, and emotional, it will take you to some dark places, but it’s the light at the end of Cass’ tunnel that will keep you turning the pages. Aftertime is the start to a wonderful series, and a literary gem.

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes|REVIEW
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It doesn’t get much better than Zoo City for dark urban fantasy. Set against magic and mayhem in a near future, alternate Johannesburg, the author creates the perfect seething atmosphere for her heroine Zinzi and her sloth. She is one of the animaled, outcast and labeled wicked, but soon finds that she may be the only one that can stop an evil unlike anything she’s ever seen. I can’t recommend this one highly enough!

Whew! That’s it gang! Ten of my faves for the year. I’m beat…time for a nap…

6 Comments:

  1. A lot of zombie books there – but I have to agree with you for one’s I’ve read – Feed and Aftertime were excellent! I haven’t tried the Joe Ledger books yet but Jonathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin was EXCELLENT (and yes capital letters are needed!). Think 2011 is the year of the zombie novel! 🙂

  2. What a delight and an honor to be included on your list along with so many fine authors and their books.

  3. Someone likes zombie books. 😉

    Excellent list, Kristin.

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