favorite books of 2011

I am a writer of chick-lit novels, but I am also an avid reader. In years past, I probably read about a book a month. In 2011, however, I think I averaged closer to a book a week thanks to receiving a Kindle for my birthday in December, 2010. Reading on a Kindle is just so easy!  While I am not a professional book reviewer, I do post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for all the books I read. As a writer, I know how important these reviews are and I like to give back to my fellow authors by posting positive, yet honest reviews. Anyway, I post a weekly blog on my website and thought I’d dedicate my last blog post of the year to those books I enjoyed the most in 2011.

As a disclaimer, I thoroughly enjoyed way more books than those included on this list. While reading the following books, however, I found myself turning on my Kindle at every available opportunity to find out what happened next: for example, in line for the ATM, riding the elevator to my office and even waiting for the light to change to cross the street! Although I devoured these books like a pint of Ben & Jerrys, I half dreaded reaching the final page. These books had me hooked from the first paragraph and never lost my attention throughout 300 or so pages. And finally, while reading these books, I forgot they were fiction and immersed myself completely in the lives of the characters.

Without further ado, I have listed below my favorite books of 2011:

Skipping a Beat – Sarah Pekkanen. This book tore at my heart strings like no other.

Rita Hayworth’s Shoes – Francine La Sala. This book was like a chick-lit fairytale. I loved it.

Stay: A Novel – Allie Larkin. I couldn’t believe this was Allie’s debut novel. It had the polish of a much more seasoned author.

Pinch Me – Adena Halpern. Halpern consistently makes the preposterous read completely true and she does it with heart and humor.

Save as Draft – Cavanaugh Lee. I think this was my absolute favorite. Who knew a story written entirely in emails and texts could be so poignant?

Already Home – Susan Mallery. Mallery is such a gifted storyteller, I briefly questioned my continued pursuit of a writing career. Quite humbling indeed.

Twenty-eight and a Half wishes – Densise Grover Swank. This fast-paced, gripping mystery/chicklit novel made my 6.5 hour flight from NYC to Seattle significantly less painful than it could have been.

It’s a Waverly Life – Maria Murnane. Classic chick-lit. Even better than the prequel, Perfect on Paper.

Unscripted – Natalie Aaron and Marla Schwartz. This book had everything I love in a chick-lit book; a relatable protagonist, a charming yet egnimatic love interest and side stories focusing on career and friendship.

And there you have them – my favorite books of 2011. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings to my Kindle!

Do you agree with my choices? Do you have any to add to my list?