Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Favorite Reads of 2011

I love to post this every year because I end up with a huge TBR list to start off 2012. You voracious readers always let me know which great books I missed over the course of the year, but first, let me share some of my favorites.

You'll notice I don't put any cozies on this list, because this is my "other favorites" list. I could never narrow down all the mysteries I loved, but I will start off with a traditional mystery that was beautifully written and a powerful read to boot.

"Adjusting to civilian life after a tour in Iraq proves difficult for Rev. Clare Fergusson in Spencer-Fleming's resonant and timely seventh mystery featuring Clare and her not-so-secret lover, police chief Russ Van Alstyne."

Another character-driven novel is Michael's Connelly's The Drop. I adore Harry Bosch and though he seems on his way to retiring, I hope he continues to investigate for a few more novels!

"Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two."

I read Kate Morton for the Gothic atmosphere. A few times a year, I need to escape to an English Country Mansion filled with family secrets. This installment does not disappoint!

"It starts with a letter, lost for half a century and unexpectedly delivered to Edie’s mother on a Sunday afternoon. The letter leads Edie to Milderhurst Castle, where the eccentric Blythe spinsters live and where, she discovers, her mother was billeted during World War II."

And lastly, I discovered a new-to-me author this year and have since read 3 of her novels. These are my fun books, but they aren't fluff. Keyes tackles some tough
issues and many I can identify with, but she keeps me laughing too!

"Keyes' latest novel about hipster singles in the city takes place in Dublin, where they live and play and bemoan their romantic and professional fates."

Your turn! What non-cozy page-turners do I need to rush out and buy?


Mare F said...

The Distant Hours is on my buy list. I have The Forgotten Garden on audio waiting to be heard after Christine Falls.
Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, and Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger all hit my top non-cozy list this year.
Now I'm off to find out more about Marian Keyes. Thank you.....I think. LOL

Unknown said...

The only non-cozy I've read this year is the one I'm reading now..The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman.

Dru said...

The three books by Linda Castillo (Sworn to Silence, Pray For Silence, Breaking Silence)

Lone Gone by Alafair Burke

The Cozy Mystery Journal said...

I love Marian Keyes books. She has a series about five sisters that starts with Watermelon, and those books are awesome. If you liked Sushi for Beginners I highly recommend the other series :)

Harbinger said...

My favorite non-cozy books were all by Deborah Harkness - A Discovery of Witches, The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution, and John Dee's Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature.

I read A Discovery of Witches first and then had to go back and read the other two. They're all well researched and Deborah Harkness makes her subjects so easy to read and understand.

Kaye said...

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, my favorite read of the year, followed by Summer in the South by Cathy Holton, The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen. I hear The Last Word is pretty good too. Ha ha.

Lizzie said...

Anything by Kate Morton! LOVED "The Distant Hours"!

Nanc said...

Way too many to remember but the stand outs were, in no particular order...The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (all of her books are magical but this one is especially poignant as she had just found out she had breast cancer soon after its publication. She is now recovering and hopefully busy on her next book!!) The Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. I started this series not quite sure what to I count the days until the new is released!!
Dorothea Frank Benton, Cassandra King and Lynne Hinton also found a special place in my heart...

Vickie said...

I loved ONE WAS A SOLDIER when I read it earlier this year. I'd not heard of the author before and I am glad I received this one to review. I want to start at the beginning of the series.

Not sure if you read urban fantasy, but FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT - Darynda Jones is a fab UF, funny and smart and fast moving.

THE CULTIST - Mark Boss, was a unique thriller that I read in one day.

THE RESTORER: The Graveyard Queen #1 - Amanda Stevens, supernatural Gothic thriller that is being worked into a television show for ABC

THE GREYFRIAR: Vampire Empire Book One - Clay and Susan Griffith, steampunk

Those are just a few of the 130 plus books I read this past year, but they stand out in my cranium as superb.