(And just because the other 5-star reviewed books--or those on my favorites shelf--idn't make it onto this list doesn't mean they weren't just as good. I'm serious when I say there were some AWESOME books published this year! The ones below just left a wee bit bigger impression on me then others. :-)
If any of y'all want to join, feel free to list your top ten favorites in the comment section. Or if you posted it on your blog, leave me the link so I can check it out!
Okay, lets get started! Starting from the top, as the number one...
Top 10 in 2011
River of Time series - Lisa Bergren
The Bishop - Steven James
Wolfsbane - Ronie Kendig
The Doctor's Lady - Jody Hedlund
Deliver Me from Evil - Kathi Macias
Don't Look Back - Lynette Eason
Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland - Roseanna White
Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, White's character's have amazing depth and each of them go through hard trails, learn some gritty lessons, and come out changed. If you haven't been able to read any of White's books...you are really missing out! And I highly recommend you start with this one. The writing is bold and vivid, and there's even a threat of humor woven in, making me chuckle several times. But, even with all these great things about the book, my all-time favorite aspect of the book was Wiley. I LOVE seeing a strong brother-character in books. Watching how Wiley looked after Lark so protectively and loved her so devotedly....*sigh*...it's what ever girl wishes for in a brother! (And something I got in my two protective brothers!)
A Tailor-Made Bride - Karen Witemeyer
I read this on my kindle, but after finishing it had to get the book. It's just that good! As I read this debut book, I was really blown away by Witemeyer's talent. The writing was splendid! The plot and everything that takes place well thought out and seamlessly woven together. And not only that, but what left the biggest impression on me was the lesson the characters learn. Especially J.T. when he read Proverbs 31. That was one of my favorite parts! I loved the way that Witemeyer showed how a woman can be beautifully adorned without being immodest or vain. Great lessons!
Warring Spirits - April Gardner
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
There you have it! My top ten books that left the biggest impression on me in 2011. This year brought out a lot of awesome books, and (trust me!) picking out just 10 of my favorites was HARD! And something tells me that next year it will only be harder. ;-)
What are yours? List them below, or if you posted them in a blogpost, leave the link!