Friday, December 30, 2011

Year summary: Top 5 books and series I read this year.

I’ve seen blogs all over the internet, and a lot of them are my favorite ones, do a blog post about their favorite reads in 2011 including series and standalone books.

So, this blog post is going to be about my top 5 books and series I finished and loved. These books and/or series are not necessary published in 2011 though.

Below are the books and series I read with no particular order Smile.

Standalone books:

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  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

This book is one of my all time favorites. It’s well written with beautiful people in the beautiful Paris.Unlike a lot of readers. I prefer this to Lola and the Boy Next Door.

This one is a must read.

 

 

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V for Vendetta by Steve Moore (Novelization), Andy Wachowski (Screenplay), Larry Wachowski (Screenplay), Alan Moore (Graphic Novel).

This book is mainly the screenplay of the same names movie. Although it’s almost 6 years since it has been published, this book is on the top of my favorite books. I read both the comic book and this one and I loved them both.

V for Vendetta is special in so many ways. I read it over 5 times and I wouldn’t hesitate to read it again :).

 

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   Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.

I read this one just this past week and no words can explain how good it is. It received a lot of bad critics but for me, it was an awesome book.

The writing was the most terrifying thing about it in a good way. It’s almost like you could feel the character’s pain, sadness and numbness.

If you’re willing to take the risk, you should read this one, but if you don’t like violence and rape especially when it’s a little girl, then I don’t recommend it to you. Just as a note, I think this book in only suitable to 18+ readers.

 

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  The D.U.F.F (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger.

This is one of the books that just once you start reading it, you just can’t put it down. You feel like you’re related to the mains characters and you try so hard to know what’s in their minds.

The D.U.F.F is the 3rd best contemporary book I read this year after Living Dead Girl and Anna and the French Kiss.

  It’s a very good book :).

 

 

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   Dracula by Bram Stoker.

I started reading this one in 2010 but then stopped and re-read it until the end in July 2011.

This is a must read for any vampire fan, you have to read this so when you read about Dracula in other novels, you see how much nonsense there is in them.

I love this one!!

 

 

Series:

Unfortunately, I finished only three series this year. Hopefully more next year.

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  The Hollow Trilogy by Jessica Verday.

This is definitely one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read. As a huge fan of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and ghosts, I found this trilogy captivating with a lot of twists and anticipation.

 

  You have no idea how hard it was to wait for the final book in the series, The Hidden, to come out. When it did and I got it the same day as an e-Gift from a friend, I finished it in 2 hours!!!

I definitely recommend these series to anyone who’s never read YA books and who loves ghosts and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

I will definitely re-read it next year. This series has a unique place in my heart since it was the first YA series I read ever! This is what got me to reading Red heart.

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  Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

I’m about to finish this one, only 10 chapters left until I’m completely done with this series. I’m in love with these books. The story is completely amazing and so far, they are my favorite series on Vampires. Richelle Mead did a great job with this one, I’m a huge, completely crazy fan!!!

 

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   The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.

I know I’m kind of late on this one, but hey, I just started reading!!!

So, to be completely honest, I adore the books and hate the movies. The movies didn’t do the novels any justice (and no I didn’t see breaking dawn yet but I will eventually.).

If you want the advice, read the books before you watch the movies, and this goes to Breaking Dawn too. The last novel is the best one in all the Saga so you should probably read it before watching the movie.

That’s it!!

I’m also happy to announce that I finished my Goodreads goal by reading 51 out of 50 books this year!!! I didn’t even know if I could accomplish this. For next year, I’ll be setting my goal to 100 books Open-mouthed smile.

I’ll do another blog post on books I’m anticipating in 2012 and series I plan to read and/or continue next year hopefully.

Randa