My Favorite Reads of 2011

   By Sweet_Tea  Jan 12, 2012

I read a lot of books....A LOT and each year I like to look back and see exactly how many books I read and then determine the ones I liked the best.  My list is based only on what I READ and doesn't necessarily mean the books were released or publish during the year.
After reviewing my list I found that I read over 77 books from January through December of 2011 and most of them were enjoyable reads.  You'll see a lot of writers who always seem to end up on my list, year after year.  I love almost anything written by Michael Lee West, Silas House, Jackie Lee Miles, Mark Childress and Susan Gregg Gilmore and they all make an appearance on this year's list.  
Here is my 2011 Best Reads list:
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Goodbye to the Buttermilk Sky by Julia Oliver
Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress
Eli the Good by Silas House
How High the Moon by Sandra Kring
Cold Rock River by Jackie Lee Miles
The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore
All That's True by Jackie Lee Miles
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Gone with  a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Whistling in the Dark by Leslie Kagen
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
Bloodroot by Amy Greene
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Roseflower Creek by Jackie Lee Miles
To see my picks for the previous years visit my blog at
What about you?  Did you read anything in 2011 that I need to hear about?  I LOVE book recommendations !!!!


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pcangel by pcangel | beaver falls, PA
Jan 26, 2012

My favorite book this last year was A Dogs Purpose by Bruce Cameron.We lost our dog of 17years and I recommend this book for anyone who has lost a furry family member.It makes you laugh cry and sums up our relationship with our pets. This book is still on NY best seller list and after you read it you'll know why.

Loveshavanese by Loveshavanese | Happy Valley, OR
Jan 25, 2012

This is an older book, but if you like a really good thriller try Dean Koontz's Intensity.

lawlessmom by lawlessmom | BENBROOK, TX
Jan 24, 2012

This year my favorites were the Mortal Instruments series. I read "City of Bones" in 2011 and had to get the others in the series.

lawlessmom by lawlessmom | BENBROOK, TX
Jan 24, 2012

This year my favorites were the Mortal Instruments series. I read "City of Bones" in 2011 and had to get the others in the series.

hopehappens by hopehappens | NILES, MI
Jan 15, 2012

Books have always been among my best friends. It's great reading everyone's favorites - nice to have new ideas for my own reading list. I have always read a lot - this year more than most because my husband and I are caring for his mother who has Alzheimer's. Reading has been a big part of my sanity. My list for this year would include "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, "Roses" by Leila Meacham and then I got on a trend of reading stories about dogs - these are a few of my very favorite; "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him" by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Bret Witter, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein, "Amazing Gracie, A Dog's Tale" by Dan Dye, "Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon" by Dr. Nick Trout. Happy Reading!!!

Smookie by Smookie | WHITINSVILLE, MA
Jan 15, 2012

Daybreak by Belva Plain.. such an amazing story

meadow230 by meadow230 | CHAMBERSBURG, PA
Jan 15, 2012

My fav this year was Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I am also a fan of John Rector. The last one I read was Already Gone. Warm bodies by Isaac Marion was also really good.

mom14043 by mom14043 | Pittsfield, MA
Jan 15, 2012

I've started reading backwards into my youth and the VC Andrews books she was classic. I didn't like her ghost writer but I certainly loved her first books. I loved the movie Water for Elephants I watched it twice. Also I read Memoirs of A Geisha which was an excellent (though at times tedious) read.

debbi56 by debbi56 | MOUNT ORAB, OH
Jan 14, 2012

Water for Elephants was my favorite, followed by The Lincoln Lawyer. I am looking forward to reading The Hunger Games which I have loaded onto my Kindle.

TheTalkingTurtle by TheTalkingTurtle | EAGLE, ID
Jan 13, 2012

East of the Mountains by David Guterson Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Pham (biking across Vietnam - so vivid!) Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault (very different!) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Henry Ford The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel and this one was decent. i wasn't wowed with it like everyone else but it was still very colorful and descriptive: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

angiesangle by angiesangle | VANCOUVER, WA
Jan 13, 2012

The Hunger Game Series (loved it) Alice I Have Been The Help Mrs. Tom Thumb Endurance Mortal Instrument Series I'm a bookworm :)

jvbs830 by jvbs830 | CORTLAND, NY
Jan 13, 2012

My favorite book I read last year was The Help. Incredible book. Movie is good, as well.

cocoabella by cocoabella | EL PASO, TX
Jan 13, 2012

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

Sweet_Tea by Sweet_Tea | MCMINNVILLE, TN
Jan 13, 2012

You guys have given me some suggestions that I haven't heard of before! I can't wait to check them out. Right now I am reading "The Inheritance of Beauty" by Nichole Seitz. I am really, really enjoying it!

jygriebel by jygriebel | Marble, PA
Jan 12, 2012

I'm currently reading Stephen Kings 11-22-63, it's rather lengthy but like most King books it's good. I'm also reading John Grisham's The Litigators, it's entertaining so far.