2011 is almost here so I decided to make a post listing the books that I most enjoyed reading this year.
I'll start of with the five books/series that blew me away and are not just on my top list of this year, but also made it on my list of all time favourites. Suprisingly enough all 4 authors of my top 5 pearls list had their debut as published writer this year*. I certainly hope we'll hear lots more about them in years to come. (*please do not wack me if I'm mistaken and missed out on earlier work.)
I'm not going to try to say which one of these five series/books is the best as my feelings about that change depending on wether I'm in the mood for vampires, aliens, ghosts, tarot or disillusionists. Anyway: here they come in random order:The Justine Jones: Disillusionist trilogy
by Carolyn Crane
So far there's two book out in this series: Mind Games
and Double Cross
Mind Games was unbelievably cool and Double Cross was even better. Gritty, witty and full of action and heartache. I'm looking forward to reading the last book of this trilogy in 2011.The Katherine (Kitty) Katt series
by Gini Koch
I stumbled upon this series as the cover artwork by Daniel Dos Santos drew my attention and was hooked from the start as the stories are even better than the covers. So far there's two books: Touched by an Alien
and Alien Tango
, but luckily there's lots more books to come. The next book Alien in the Family
will be released in April 2011.The Delphic Oracle series
by Alayna Williams
There's one book out in this series so far: Dark Oracle
This is a book I wanted to read as soon as I heard about it, but I had to wait a couple of months before it was released. And it was so worth the wait as it was even better than I had hoped. Highly underappreciated in the book blogging community in my opinion, this book drew me in and wouldn't let me go until I finished it (not that I wanted to go I must add). I'm looking forward to Rogue Oracle
, which will be released in March 2011The Anya Kalinczyk series
by Laura Bickle
So far there's two books out in this series: Embers
I loved Embers, especially because of Sparky, Anya's familiar, but it was Sparks that blew me away with it's total awesomeness. It's not clear at the moment if there will be more books, but I'm really hoping there will be.The H&W Investigations series
by Jess Haines
So far there's one book out in this series: Hunted by the Others
, but the next book, Taken by the Others
will be released in January 2011 and there's lots more to come.
Shia dances on that thin line that makes a heroine either likeable or a total bitch. For me the scales tipped to likeable though. Add some other cool characters to that, a kick ass story and intriguing, but nasty politics and you got me hooked! *Yup, one author is on this list twice. Alayna Williams and Laura Bickle are one and the same.
So now you know my five top pearls of 2010, but I'm not stopping there! There's two more lists I want to share with you.
The Best of the Rest:
Favourite YA read of 2010: Downsiders by Neal Shusterman
The Ebook that got me into reading ebooks: Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend
Best Zombie read of 2010: Soulless by Christopher Golden
Best SciFi read: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Once Bitten, Twice Dead by Bianca D'Arc
Deadtown by Nancy Holzner
Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder
the Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
And lastly I want to mention a book that might have made it on one of my lists if only I started reading it sooner:
Afterlife by Merrie Destefano
Reading this book at the moment and so far loving it.