Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lip Smackingly Good Books (Best of 2011 -- An Armchair BEA post)

There are a ton of amazing releases either currently out or scheduled for release in 2011 and well, you're about to see a list of my favorites! All the links that you see will direct you to their Goodreads pages. :)

Current Releases (in no particular order):

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
It takes a lot to make me pale when it comes to books, but Beth's description of the glass boxes that everyone was frozen in (as well as what went into putting everyone into the stasis) sure managed to do it! Besides for that, there were twists that I didn't see coming and I love it when books manage to pull that off--because after reading so many books for so long, sometimes it's hard to surprise me anymore. I haven't stuck my review up on the blog just yet, but to me, this was definitely a five star book.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Wither was one of those books that I knew I was going to love. Sure enough, Lauren's writing style drew me in and Rhine's world was both beautiful and frightening at the same time. Needless to say, I'm really, really looking forward to Fever. Again, another book that I haven't posted my review of just yet--but it's coming soon, just you wait and see! ;)

Divergent by Veronica Roth
There was a ton of hype about Divergent and I went into it with mixed feelings. However it wasn't long until I was flipping pages and racing towards the end, so completely absorbed in the story that I really, really wished that the story hadn't ended. 

Die for Me by Amy Plum
I love it when books are set outside of the United States--or are placed in unique settings. But in Die for Me's case, it wasn't just the setting that proved itself unique, it was also the storyline. I absolutely adored the dynamic between Vincent and Kate; so much so that I caught myself tearing up at one point during the book.

Stay by Deb Caletti
I'll be honest, it's rare for me to love a contemporary book. But Stay really swept me off my feet.

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
I really need to get my review of this up! Admittedly this is more so a four star book than a five star book to me, but I loved the setting (Lovecraft) and all the steampunk elements. It's definitely not a romance (in my opinion), but it's a grand adventure none the less.

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
It's rare for me to like Middle Grade books, but The Emerald Atlas really struck me as the sort of book that has the potential to appeal to fans of YA fiction and maybe even some of us older kids. It was a great read and had classic fantasy elements that I loved.


Upcoming Releases (in order of release):

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (5/24/2011)
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (5/31/2011)

Blood Red Road by Moira Young (6/7/2011)
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski (6/7/2011)
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (6/14/2011)
Passion by Lauren Kate (6/14/2011)
The Revenant by Sonia Gensler (6/14/2011)
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison (6/28/2011)

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore (7/12/2011)
Ripple by Mandy Hubbard (7/21/2011)
Wildefire by Karsten Knight (7/26/2011)
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (7/26/2011)

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (8/2/2011)
All You Desire by Kirsten Miller (8/9/2011) 
Ingenue by Jillian Larkin (8/9/2011)
Possess by Gretchen McNeil (8/23/2011)
Soul Thief by Jana Oliver (8/30/2011)

Dark Passage by M.J. Putney (9/13/2011)
Fateful by Claudia Grey (9/13/2011)
Frost by Marianna Baer (9/13/2011)
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (9/13/2011)
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey (9/20/2011)
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies (9/27/2011)
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (9/27/2011)
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (9/27/2011)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (9/27/2011)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (9/29/2011)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (9/29/2011)

The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon (10/4/2011)
Eve by Anna Carey (10/4/2011)
Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter (10/11/2011)
Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala (10/18/2011)

Crossed by Ally Condie (11/1/2011)
Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (11/8/2011)
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting (11/15/2011)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (11/15/2011)

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (12/6/2011)
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey (12/8/2011)
Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (12/13/2011)
Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne (12/20/2011)


Maybe I should be happy that I didn't end up going to BEA this year. xD I mean, look at that list! My shoulders ache just looking at it! But like most of my fellow bloggers, I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and a great storyline--which means that I'd have risked a sore shoulder without a second thought. ;) 2011 appears to be yet another great year for books and I can't wait to see what 2012 will have in store for us!

So, what books have you enjoyed so far in 2011? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to? Feel free to leave a link and I'll drop on by to check out your posts! :D


  1. Stay & Die For Me made my "Best of 2011" list too. Wither is one I'm dying to read and I have Across the Universe on my bookshelf, good to know it's a winner!

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  2. Wither, Divergent, Stay, and Die For Me made my list as well! So many great books are going to be released!
    Armchair BEA: Best Books of 2011(so far)

  3. I loved Die for Me. I'm super excited for Crossed and Stephanie Perkin's book.

  4. Oh wow, that sure was a big list! But some of them I definitely want to read as well. :) Lik Wither, Divergent, Die For Me and Across the Universe!

    I made a list of my top 5 reads for '11!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  5. Hold on. Allow me a moment to wipe the drool off my chin!! Wither and Divergent both scored a spot on my top 5 list aswell! I absolutely LOVED them both! Oh man, I'm so looking forward to so m any of those upcoming releases. I think I'm going to be broke by the end of the year. But at least I'll be happy, surrounded by lustworthy books! :D

  6. That's a big list! Lots of books to look forward to there.

  7. None of these were on my list, so I have more books to check out!

    Thanks for sharing.


  8. That's a huge list! I'm excited for Die For Me. I recently added that to my TBR stack.

  9. I've been reading so many good things about Divergent and Die for Me. I already have them on my to read list. Thanks for sharing. Happy BEA Week and I hope to stay connected.

  10. Hahah tell me about it! I'm also a sucker for a pretty cover...although it has gotten me into trouble (ie. bad books OR a TBR pile stacked a mile high)

    So glad you listed Divergent. I'm about to read it now and am so excited about it living up to the buzz :)

    Lah @ Lazy Girl Reads

  11. Wither and Divergent look great! Thanks, they're going on my list!

  12. I loved Wither, Divergent, & Stay!

    There are tons of books on your To Read list that I can't wait for either. Especially 'Lola and the Boy Next Door'!

  13. A lot of the current releases are on my wishlist but I'll probably get to them next year. In 2009 I decided to step away reviewing for publishers and publicists. I felt like I was losing my focus and drifting from my mission statement of sharing the joys of reading. Call it taking a librarian's approach to blogging. Come see what I mean.

  14. I've heard such good things about Divergent. It's been on a lot of lists today... I need to pick it up. :)
    And I'm way excited for Crossed and Lola and the Boy Next Door, too.

  15. Woah that is a huge list! I am looking forward to lots of those as well. I don't read much MG but I have heard some positive things about The Emerald Atlas so I'm thinking I should check that one out...

  16. So many fab books. My TBR pile is officially taking over. ;)
    Paranormal Author E.J. Stevens
    From the Shadows

  17. Wither is definitely in my top and Divergent probably isn't far behind when I read it next.

    I canNOT wait for Clockwork Prince to release in December, I am so excited!

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  18. Great list! I am definitely excited to read Wither. I have heard nothing but good things about it. And I LOVED Die For Me and Stay; they were fantastic reads!


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