Thursday, November 17, 2011

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It's getting close to the time of year when I start to think about gifting books so I was perusing my 2011 books read list and trying to decide which were the clear winners.  I came up with 6 total.

For YA readers (particularly girls because the main characters are so terrific) and adults who like YA:
Plain Kate by Erin Bow
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Blood Red Road by Moira Young

For adult readers (who won't/don't read YA):
Percival's Planet by Michael Beyers
A State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Doc by Mary Doria Russell

Some of these are no surprise. A State of Wonder is already showing up on lots of people's/publications' best of lists and Chime was nominated for the National Book Award.

Any clear winners on your lists? I'm always on the look-out for the next wonderful book.


Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Plain Kate is one of my favorites, too! Although all the blood made me squeamish. Also loved Chime.

So glad to hear the new Mary Doria Russell is good--I loved The Sparrow and haven't wanted to be disappointed by a new Russell book.

Amy Phillips said...

I always take heed of your recommendations. Thanks! A side note: I've been following your blog off and on for a couple years now, and last weekend, when my family and I took a trip to Ann Arbor, I thought it was so fun to see one of the farms you frequent (CSA?)at the farmer's market there. Can't remember one, but I know I had only heard the name from your blog. Real world meets the internet!