Favourite Books of 2011

29 Jan

I read (and reviewed) so many good books last year, infact out of all the one’s I read there was only one I really didn’t enjoy and that was Auschwitz Violin. So I though I’d show you my top 5 books of 2011.

1. The Quincunx – this book had to get the number one spot because quite simply it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s not an easy read but it’s really worth it. It’s like no other book that I have read. This is a book that I’ll read over and over again and still find new bits in it.

You can read my full review of The Quincunx here.


2. The Book Thief – I seem to be drawn in novels about the war and Holocaust and other areas around the same subject but this is the best one I’ve read so far. Had I not been given this book I would probably never have read it as the synopsis and layout of the book didn’t appeal to me but I’m so glad I gave this book a chance. Everyone should read this book.

You can read my full review of The Book Thief here.


3. The Winter Ghosts – Another book that I can’t find a single fault with due to the excellent style of writing. It’s a really refreshing take on the impact that war has on people’s lives and how it affects people that aren’t involved in the fighting. Although the themes aren’t new it’s a whole new take on two people finding each other and changing each others lives.

You can read my full review of The Winter Ghosts here.


4. The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart – I have to admit I am partial to a Disney film and a happy ending but the dark feeling of this fairytale really captures the essence of The Brothers Grimm. It’s dark, brooding and at times a little depressing but 100% enjoyable.

You can read my full review of The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart here.


5. A Christmas Carol – I tried reading this book years ago and completely gave up on it after about 10 pages now as a more mature reader now I could fully appreciate the book. Although I’m all too aware of the story thanks to the abundance of films this didn’t spoil the boand it was really enjoyable.

Unfortunately I never got around to writing a review for this book as I read it over Christmas.

As I’ve said I read a lot of great books in 2011 but these are the 5 that really stood out and that I’ll read again.


3 Responses to “Favourite Books of 2011”

  1. hsk100 April 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I loved The Book Thief! I don’t normally read many intense looking books but I love the author so I gave this a gander and it really was amazing 🙂


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