Closing Out 2011…

My friend Jessica Love blogged yesterday about her plans to use December to read through all of the books in her TO-READ pile that were published in 2011. I’ve been toying with the same idea for the last few weeks, and now I’m making it official. Not sure if I’ll get through every single 2011 book on my nightstand, but my goal is to knock as many of these babies onto the READ list as possible.

(By the way, I have a very good reason for my Pubbed in 2011 push… Check in Monday to find out what that reason is!)

Here’s what I’ve got:

Crossed by Ally Condie (reading now!)
Imaginary Girls
by Nova Ren Suma
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

So, which of these MUST I move to the top of the pile? And what books will you read during December?

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22 responses to “Closing Out 2011…

  1. I’ve only read one of the books on your list, and I didn’t love it, so I can’t recommend which to read next– although I do love the premise of Jay Asher’s book, and Imaginary Girls sounds good and has gotten positive reviews. So, there’s that.

    I’ve got some sweet books to read this month. Just finished Across the Universe (pleasantly surprised the romance didn’t take over the many awesome mysteries), and I still have Divergent, Wither and The Iron King. And some fantasies. And some nonfiction. And then there’s the books I’ll be getting for Christmas.

    Man, avid readers are so easy to please!

    • Ooh, I really enjoyed both ATU and DIVERGENT… a few of my favorites this year! And yes, I’m thinking I’ll probably start on THE FUTURE OF US after CROSSED. I’ve heard great things about it!

  2. I’ve only read one of those, but many of them are on my TBR pile too. I vote you bump up HOW TO SAVE A LIFE. I’ve heard the most consistently good reviews for it.

  3. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but most are on my TBR list – I’ve heard great things about How to Save a Life and The Future of Us.

  4. Well I have not read any of the books on your list yet so will not be a big help. Imaginary girls sounds intriguing… In December, I am planning to dive into “the DUFF” and “Die for Me” (in YA), The Best of me (Nicholas Spark) and The Three Musketeers (a classic I have not read yet :-))…
    Looking forward to your reviews!

  5. I vote Delirium because I’m interested to know what you think about it. But then I’m not sure if you’ll feel like another dystopian story after Crossed. All of these sound like pretty good choices, so you’ll probably be good with any of them 🙂

    • I’m looking forward to DELIRIUM too, mostly because I loved BEFORE I FALL so much. But, I’ll probably need a non-dystopian or two between it and CROSSED. I’ll let ya know what I think!

  6. I’m reading Crossed right now too! I actually went back and re-read Matched and then launched straight into Crossed. I’m looking forward to finishing on Monday when I hop back on the train. I agree with Jaime that Delirium should get a bump, but that depends on if you’re like me and you like to go on genre mini-benders or if you prefer to alternate genres. (The Future of Us is the one I’m most looking forward to but I’m hoping to get that as a Christmas present so it may have to wait till 2012!)

    • I actually forgot how much I enjoyed MATCHED until I started reading CROSSED. I really like Ally Condie’s writing style. And yes, I’ll need a non-dystopian or two between CROSSED and DELIRIUM, but I’m a Lauren Oliver fan so I’m looking forward to it. I’m very intrigued by THE FUTURE OF US… I hope you get it for Christmas–we can compare notes!

  7. Tris and Izzie… *winces*. Won’t say anything. But And Then Things Fall Apart has a killer title, and somehow I haven’t heard of it yet! Sorry I’m not much help with the TBR pile, but thanks for the new title! 😛

  8. What a fun list– lots of reading in your future. I have not read ANY of these… but Sarah Dessen is such a dependable and solid writer. She doesn’t even write my favorite genre and I always enjoy her books. :0)

    • I’m a big Sarah Dessen fan too… I’ve yet to read a book by her that I HAVEN’T loved, so I’m confident that WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE will be fantastic. Hoping to get to it soon!

  9. You have a lot of good stuff on your list. It should be a fun December!

  10. So much good reading! You’re going to have a good reading month, methinks. Also: put The Liar Society higher, please! And I was a little disappointed by What Happened to Goodbye, because it seems like I keep reading the same elements in Sarah Dessen’s writing, and it makes me kind of sad. ANYWHO, happy reading, and again, The Liar Society must go higher!

    • I’ll definitely get to THE LIAR SOCIETY before the end of this year. It’s come highly recommended by lots of friends and my agent (she even loaned me her copy!), so I know it’ll be something special!

  11. I loved AND THEN THINGS . . . ! DELIRIUM was a good read too, and I’m trying to read NAME OF THE STAR and FUTURE OF US myself soon.

  12. Imaginary Girls is a wonderful book. I guarantee that you won’t be able to put it down. I haven’t read the rest, but you have some good ones. Happy reading!