Best Books of 2011
I wish I’d kept a better list of books I’ve read this past year; I only blog about some of them, and not always the best ones. I’m having trouble coming up with even a handful of books to put on my “best of” list, and I think that’s only partially due to my poor memory. Here are the ones that come to mind:
The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear
Fantasy series featuring an arrogant, yet surprisingly likable, magician.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation
Young adult historical fiction set during the Revolutionary War era, exploring racial eugenics.
Cutting for Stone
Dramatic and engaging story of twin brothers who grow up and become surgeons, like the father who abandoned them, as revolution threatens their Ethiopian homeland.
When You Reach Me
Part mystery, part science fiction middle grade Newbery Medal winner.
Wizard’s First Rule
First book in the (long) Sword of Truth series. I’m hesitant to recommend this one, though I can’t deny that I got caught up in it and had trouble putting it — and then the second book (Stone of Tears) — and now the third (Blood of the Fold) — down. But I only recommend it/them for fantasy lovers.
Well, that’s all I can think of. A little shabby, I admit. What’s on your best books of 2011 list?