Best Books of 2011


2011 was full of great books. Among my favorites were The Near Witch, Shine, and Wither.




This is definitely not a complete list of the books I loved this year. I was lucky to have had a great year of reading -- discovering many great authors (some brand new, some just new to me), and exploring a variety of genres.

My "To Be Read" pile keeps growing, and I have high hopes for 2012. To end this epic year of reading, I'm giving a $20 Amazon.com gift card to one lucky person who will hopefully discover one of their new favorite books.  All you have to do to enter is follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below. Anyone aged 17+ in the US, Canada, or the UK can enter. Good luck and happy reading :)




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This is a giveaway hop hosted by Kathy at I am a Reader Not a Writer. Check out these other awesome blogs on the hop:



237 comments:

  1. My favorite read of 2011 was "Please Ignore Vera Dietz" by A.S. King...Such a good book :)

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  2. My favorite book this year THE HELP!! Loved it!

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  3. One of favorite books was "The Faerie Ring"!

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  4. My favorite book of the year is Divergent:)

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  5. My favourite read was Divergent, but Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are all tied for second place!

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  6. My favorite read was The Scorpio Races.

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  7. i love love loved clockwork prince

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  8. So tough to choose! Some of my faves were Anna and the French Kiss, Mistwood, and The Host.

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  9. My top three were: Hammered by Kevin Hearne, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The rest of my list is very long and it was so hard to narrow it down that much!

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  10. My favorite book of 2011 is Shatter Me
    by Tahereh Mafi!

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  11. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

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  12. I loved Shatter Me and Divergent! :)

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  13. You know how hard it is to pick JUST one! LOL...but I still can't get over Geek Girl by Cindy Bennett...amazing!

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  14. My favorite read this year was probably Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

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  15. My favourite read this year is Shatter Me. :)

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  16. My favorite was The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Favorite this year is Bloodlines! Thanks!

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  18. My favourite read this year was Divergent by Veronica Roth. That woman knows what she's writing !

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  19. Thanks so much. I discovered many new authors and some amazing books but my favorite was Divergent.

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  20. I would have to say Hollowland by Amanda Hocking, but I know there are a lot of amazing books I haven't had the chance to read!

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  21. Thanks! This sounds awesome.

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  22. My favourite read this year.....Divergent by Veronica Roth! It's reaaaaaallyyyy good.

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  23. My favorite read is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

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  24. I've read a lot of great books this year but one of the best was The Scorpio Races

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  25. Tough question! Has to be Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Best books I've ever read!

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  26. I think my favorite was Warm Bodies! <3

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  27. Favorite read would be... Die for Me by Amy Plum!

    fallendream03 AT gmail DOT com

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  28. My favourite was The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes :)

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  29. My favorite book this year is "Lorelei" by "Ionel Teodoreanu". It's a touching love story about the short life of a young and talented woman.

    email: alexandra_alboiu@yahoo.com

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  30. My favorite read would definitely be Divergent by Veronica Roth! Really, really enjoyed it.

    Thanks ! Kara D

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  31. My favourite read of 2011 was The Magnetic North by Sarah Wheeler. thanks!

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  32. My favorite reads were Delirium, Divergent, Vampire Academy series, Soul Screamers series, Where She Went and Stolen. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. Probably Divergent and Anna Dressed in Blood :) I really enjoyed both of them!

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  34. I loved The Help and Anna Dressed in Blood

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  35. I loved Scorpio Races, Starcrossed and Wolfsbane

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  36. Fave read this year was While I'm Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane

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  37. Thanks everyone!!

    I also loved Divergent. There are some great titles here for me to add to my TBR pile too :)

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  38. One of my favourite reads was definitely Divergent!

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  39. My favorite was Hushed by kelley York. :)

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  40. never knowing
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  41. My favorite read of the year was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi!

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  42. My favorite read was Catching Fire...thanks for the chance to win!

    GFC--Caitlin
    Email-- cheekychik22 AT yahoo DOT com

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  43. My favorite book was Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning. I have no idea what my fave YA book would be. I've read way too many good ones to choose just one.
    GFC Library Lady
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

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  44. Wither and Shine were two of my favorites this year too.

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  45. My favourite reads were the Summer series by Jenny Han, especially the last one :)

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  46. There were so many amazing books this year, but if I have to pick one book off of that list I will go with the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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  47. Divergent was my favorite book of 2011!

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  48. My favorite was The Revisionist by Thomas Mullen. I haven't gotten to read as much this year as I wanted but received this book to review and was very pleasantly surprised!

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  49. so far Warrior's Redemption

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  50. Two of my favorite books that I've read this year was Static by Tawny Stokes and A Long Long Sleep by Anna Shehan

    Anme Burgess

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  52. I just recently read Ink by Holly Hood, and it quickly rose to the top of my 2011 faves :)

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  53. I hope this doesn't sound odd, but my favorite 2011 read is Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. :)

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  54. My name is Biliana and my favorites were Before I die and If i die(the two are very different genres, though the die part is the same)

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  55. i have a lot of them but i really loved shatter me.

    Terri M
    oklahomamommy0306@gmail.com

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  56. my favorite was WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE

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  57. My favorite was Divergent! Thank you!
    Cynthia Garcia
    shygrumpychica1@hotmail.com

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  58. My favorite was Divergent! Thank you!
    Cynthia Garcia
    shygrumpychica1@hotmail.com

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  59. One of my favorite reads of this year was The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    gosia727(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. My favorite this year is Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE!

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  61. My favorites were Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Legend by Marie Lu.

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  62. I loved The First Husband by Laura Dave.

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  63. Divergent by Veronica Roth.
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  64. I liked Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
    pebblesgood@yahoo.com

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  65. There were a lot of books I really enjoyed this year. Here are a few of them:
    Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
    Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
    Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

    hg195 at yahoo dot com

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  66. The Help is one of my favorites.

    kayswederski@yahoo.com

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  67. I have to say that I enjoyed so many books in 2011, it has hard to pick just one. If I have to pick just one it was a novella.... Dragon On Top by G. A. Aiken in the anthology "Supernatural"

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a great prize! <^_^>
    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

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  68. I think my favorite read of 2011 was The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.

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  69. My favorite was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

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  70. My fave read was Shatter Me

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  71. I had 2 top favorites of 2011, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and Angelfall by Susan Ee. Both were phenomenal and I highly recommend them both if you haven't read them!

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  72. My favourite read was The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett

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  73. Thank you for the giveaway. I am new to your blog but it seems we have similar tastes in books. My favorite for 2011 is probably Divergent.

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  74. Thanks for the giveaway! :) My favourite was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

    Sonia

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  75. My favorite read was Skipping A Beat by Sarah Pekkanen :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  76. My favorite read... I read Jellicoe Road this year (and then re-read it). I also read (and re-read) Divergent. : )

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  77. My favorite read this year has been one I just finished, called Unloveable, by Sherry Gammon. It was WOW!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  78. I loved Ashfall, it was great!
    SarahS. @ WondrousReadings (YA)

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  79. My favorite was Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

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  80. I really liked Anna Dressed in Blood and Shatter Me!!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  81. I just read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I thought it was fantastic! Unearthly by Cynthia Hand is amazing too!

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

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  82. My facebook has me entered under Rachelle.

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  83. Delirium was my favorite read this year.

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  84. I would have to say 'LEGEND' by Marie Lu ;o)
    Big Thanks in participating and hosting this giveaway!! It's so hard to believe that 2011 flew by so fast! I'm still in awe about it and that it's about to be 2012 *_* lol
    I hope you have a safe and rewarding New Year!!

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  85. My favorite book of 2011 is Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks.

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  86. My favorite book this year was Hounded by Kevin Hearne.

    Thank you for the chance to win!
    methom@earthlink.net

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  87. My unexpected favourite this year was The Dovekeepers.

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  88. I have so many favorite books! I loved Clockwork Prince, I found Cassandra Clare this year and read her whole series. I also love Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I could go on. lol.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    kelleynutrition at gmail dot com

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  89. Haven't read any of these, yay.

    No favourites, impossible! I did really, really like the LEVIATHAN series by Scott Westerfeld, though.

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  90. Favorite 2011 book is Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult! :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark
    Michelle Reed

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  91. I loved reading Stealing Kevin's Heart. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  92. my favorite of 2011 is divergent by veronica roth

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  93. Mine was definitely Ashes by Ilsa J Bick

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  94. My favorite book this year was significance by shelly cramer.
    thanks for the giveaway and your favorite books for the year!!

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  95. One of my Favorites is Bloodlines I loved it such a great book! Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  96. I still have to go with Across the Universe by Beth Revis as my fave of 2011. I just fell in love with the whole book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  97. My fav read of 2011 was Shamra Divided part2 of the Sharma Chronicles by Barry Hoffman!

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  98. My favourite read of 2011 has to be.. Divergent and Clockwork Prince and City of Fallen Angels! :) Sooo many!

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  99. My favourite read of 2011, and all time favourite book, was My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. AMAZING!

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  100. So many. Fire by Kristen Cashore, The Night Circus, Divergent, Storm of Swords, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

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  101. I have a long list but I have to say Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

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  102. There are so many but I'll go with Shadowfever by KMM. Thank you.
    Tanyaw1224

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  103. My favorite read was Divergent by Veronica Roth. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. My favorite read of 2011 was The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline.

    Thanks for the giveaway & have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict.com

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  105. Thank you for the giveaway! My favorite read of 2011 is Entwined by Heather Dixon.

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  106. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Thanks!

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  107. My favorite read was All These Things I've Done By: Gabrielle Zevin

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  108. I liked From New York to Dallas by JD Robb.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  109. Thanks for the giveaway! Shine was also one of my favorites this year. :)

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  110. I have a couple so I am just going to pick one and say Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

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  111. I loved the Son of Neptune. :D

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  112. One of may favorite reads of this year was Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  113. HmMmmm My favorite at the moment is Hidden Heart :) Half because i fell in love with the book and the other half because ive read so many amazing books this year i dont want to go back and sort through them LOL :)

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  114. My favorite this year is Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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  115. Thank you for the giveaway! Happy reading! :)

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  116. Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen

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  117. I have so many. So random fav would be Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

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  118. I absolutely loved EVERNEATH - a '12 release, but read in '11!

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  119. My favorite read this year is The Hunger Games.

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  120. My favorite book of 2011 was Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer. Thanks!

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  121. mine was forbidden by tabitha suzuma

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  122. so hard to choose but i think clockwork prince takes the prize as best book.
    gfc dookiepookiebear

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  123. My favorite was the The Disillusionist Trilogy by Carolyn Crane :P

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  124. My favorite read was Delirium!

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  125. Thanks for the giveaway!
    My favourite read of 2011 has been Forever by Maggie Steifvater. :)

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  126. My fave read this year was THE HELP. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  127. My favorite was The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

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  128. Divergent by Veronica Roth I also really like Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton.

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  129. Ghost Moon by John Wilson

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  130. My favorite read is the book I'm reading right now, SHELTER by Harlan Coben.

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  131. My favorite read of 2011 was Divergent. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  132. I read so many good books this year but my current favorite is Rot & Ruin. Loved it!!

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  133. I was on a Carole Matthews kick this year, and read a bunch of her books, so anything from her - I don't know if any of them were actually from 2011 though!

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  134. I liked Bloodlines by Richelle Mead!

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  135. I loved Shadowcry by Burtenshaw!

    marielay@gmail.com

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  136. One of my favorite reads was Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.

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  137. Cinder (2012), The Mephisto Covenant and Other Words for Love!
    All amazing reads!!

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  138. I forgot to put that my facebook name is Shanise Jones! (URG!!)

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  139. I have read a lot of good books this year. I really liked The Help and Sarah's Key.

    mia at jacobsracing dot com

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  140. My favourite was probably Corvus by Esther Woolfson.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  141. Such a great variety of favorites! Many titles I've never heard of, so excited to discover new titles. Thanks everyone--I wish you all could win!!

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  142. My fav is Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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  143. My favorite read this year is Marianne de Pierres' Burn Bright!

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  144. My fave of 2011 was Chime by Franny Billingsly. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  145. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    I had so many books I've read over 2011 but my favorite was the 'Tiger Curse series' by Colleen Houck and 'Beautiful Dark' by Jocelyn Davies

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  146. Okay if I had to pick only one I'd say Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning. It's the fourth in the Fever series (which I read all of this year), but was the most emotional and dramatic and pretty much had be going "oh my god this is awesome!!!!!" the whole time.

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  147. My favorite read was the Vampire Academy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  148. Mine was The Hunger Games.

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

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  149. I read a lot of wonderful books this year but if I had to pick one favorite it would be Divergent by Veronica Roth.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

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  150. My Favorite read by far is A discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness! And also Divergent by Veronica Roth!

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  151. Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews.

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  152. My fav read of 2011 was "the help" :)

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  153. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

    sarahDOTsetarATgmailDOTcom

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  154. One favorite this year was The Scorpio Races. LOVE MAGGIE!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  155. This year, I loved Die for Me by Amy Plum and The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :D

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  156. Fav book i read this year would be Sisterhood Everlasting!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!
    Adri_love@sbcglobal.net

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  157. Wow, was that a long time to scroll down XD I suppose people really want these books.

    I'd love to get my hands on Shine.. And I have to admit, mostly because of the drama that took place in autumn. *sigh* Or am I confusing the books?

    Anyway, I love that so many people participate in bloghops and I hope I'll host a giveaway next time, too!

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  158. (Oh and my favorite read.. I don't have one. I've tried to pin it down to 10 this week and failed, so..)

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  159. My favorite book this year is Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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  160. My favorite would be Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews. Thanks for the giveaway and here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year full of more great books!
    LadyVampire2u At gmail DOT com

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  161. One of my favorites was How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr :)

    aprilxu2222@gmail.com

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  162. book i do not now i read to many this year
    i read over 400 this year and this week overe 4
    so i can not say
    desi the blonde msn .com

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  163. My favourite book was Divergent by Veronica Roth. Thaks so much for the giveaway

    The Cait Files

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  164. My favorite book was Matched by Ally Condie. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  165. Die for Me by Amy Plum


    Judy

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  166. i loved the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent!

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  167. One of my favorites was Discovery of Witches.
    Thanks.

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  168. My favorite read of 2011 was We the Animals by Justin Torres.

    I'm dying to read Shine! I've had it on my RAK Wish List since pre-release. Lol. Thanks for the chance!

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  169. Some of my favorites were Where She Went, The Iron Knight, and Forever.

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  170. My favourite book of 2011 was Divergent :)

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  172. My favorite read of 2011 was Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews.

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  173. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

    My most favorite read of 2011 was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. ♥

    EMAIL: sarahbookish(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  174. something witchy this way comes by veronica blade

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  175. My favorite read this year was Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com
    GFC: Lexie@BookBug

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  176. Something Inside of Me by Chitoka Webb.

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  177. She Makes It Look Easy by Marybeth Whalen

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  178. divergent
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  179. HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire was my favorite book of 2011.

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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  180. My fave book of 2011 was Stay by Deb Caletti! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    email: emsie93@insightbb.com

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  181. I dont have one favorite. But one of them was Matched.

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  182. My favorite book was No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe. (entering under Krysta Banco)

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  183. My number one fave book read in 2011? A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  184. My favourite book is The Faerie Ring.

    Have a good day

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