Friday, 18 November 2011

Top Five Books of 2011

It's that time of year folks! The weather is getting colder, the silly animal hats are coming out, the Christmas shopping has begun, the lights are going up on Oxford Street, the cheesy adverts have started on TV, and people have started to debate what to buy for each of their friends and family and how they are going to fit into those tight trousers after just a few too many mince pies.

But one of the images most synonymous with the holiday season is that of you getting all curled up in that new jumper grandma bought you, by a warm fire (or more often than not - a radiator!) with a hot chocolate and tucking into a great book.

So as we reach the end of 2011, I wanted to share with you my favourite reads from this year. Admittedly, not all of these five were released this year but they were still new to me so I'm allowing it!

What have you enjoyed reading in 2011? Let me know in the comments below... and seasons greetings!


5. Dani's Story by Diane and Bernie Lierow with Kay West 
A gripping, heartwarming and horrifying non-fiction must-read about a severely neglected young girl who finds hope with a new family.



4. My Sweet Saga by Brett Sills 
A hilarious American romp with a brilliantly flawed male lead who will take you across the world on his crazy antics and snorting with laughter throughout.


3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A look at 1960s America amidst the race riots and what it was like for the black maids to work for a white family.


2. Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
The follow up book by incredibly talented author Rosamund Lupton looks at the aftermath of a school fire with emotional and heart-wrenching honesty. Combines crime thriller with family drama brilliantly, and even adds a ghostly twist. 


1. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Schriver
A masterpiece of modern literature which, through a series of letters written to her absent husband, explores life for Eva after her teenage son is put in jail for killing his classmates. 



  1. The last one sounds interesting.


  2. I'd love to know what you thought of Kevin, DRS - as it's set in the US.

  3. I read We Need to Talk about Kevin a couple years ago. I thought the concept was really interesting and was very excited to read it, it was pieced together well but disappointing. It read more like 'The Omen' than anything realistic, the writer made the kid sound too supernatural and evil