2011 Roundup

Well it’s been a pretty good year for me and books.  There have been new releases from favourite authors and I’ve been introduced to new authors that have become favourites.  There have also been a couple of books that I consider to be outstanding and I would shout from the rooftops for people to buy and read them, whether print or e-book.

Speaking of e-books, my lovely husband bought me a Kindle earlier on in the year and I honestly didn’t think I would take to it as well as I have.  My love for paperbacks is as strong as ever but storing them does become a problem and that is where the Kindle is perfect.

Anyway, on to the books of 2011!

I could list all the books I’ve loved this year but I think that would make for a very long post so I’m going to highlight the ones I’ve found most special.

Sister by Rosamund Lupton Sister is a fascinating and enjoyable book that will pull you in and refuse to let you go until you know the truth.
Germline by T. C. McCarthy A gripping close up of a futuristic war in all it’s gritty, brutal, dark and horrific glory.
In Her Name: Empire by Michael R. Hicks In Her Name: Empire is a book that has heart, emotion, sacrifice, and courage and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh By the end I was firmly in love with Singh’s world and her characters, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.  I wholeheartedly pass on the recommendation that this is an author to love!
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey An amazingly exciting space opera, and I absolutely can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!
Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Emma Vieceli, Leigh Dragoon Whether a fan of graphic novels or just love the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, this adaptation is a must.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead A wonderful start to the new series and a book to be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike.
Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen A very entertaining zombie rom-com, that I think a lot of fans of different genres will enjoy.
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher The Dresden Files is a series that just gets better and better, and I honestly think this is the best one so far.  So much so, I worry where it goes from here, can it actually get any better?  Does it need to?  I don’t have an answer to that other than, I need the next one now! Jim Butcher is the absolute ruler and master of Urban Fantasy and long may he reign!
Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson As a book, it’s brilliant.  As a debut novel for S. J. Watson, it’s just amazing.
Avenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden A great read and I look forward to the next book in this charming series!
Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a firm favourite and J. R. Ward is simply a genius in the genre.
You Belong to Me by Karen Rose You Belong to Me has now become one of my favourite books from Karen Rose and is quite possibly the best one she has written… so far!
Hellhole by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert If you like great science fiction on an epic scale, you have to read Hellhole.. really!

 

We’ve also said a sad farewell to two amazing fantasy and science fiction authors.

Dianna Wynne Jones and Anne McCaffrey; thank you both for the immense amount of joy you have brought to mine and others lives.

The Dragon Lady

Anne McCaffrey, Apr 1 1926 – Nov 21 2011

I knew this day would come but I still hoped it wouldn’t be for a long time yet, for her, her family and friends, and us her fans.

There are very few writers I can say had a really strong influence on me, right from when I was a troubled teenager some twenty four years ago.  After yet another bad day I took refuge in my school’s library and picked up a book called Dragonflight.  I never looked back and losing myself in the amazing worlds and characters Anne created got me through some pretty bad times, again and again.

I became a huge fan, wanting books the day they were released, re-reading them so often I would wear copies out, and I still love them to this day.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Anne at a book signing she did here in Nottingham in 1998, and she couldn’t have been nicer.  She was obviously in some discomfort because of travelling and arthritis but she took the time to sign everything anyone brought with them, to talk and make everyone feel as though she was interested in them, as if she was the one privileged to meet us. She was charming and gracious and meeting her absolutely made my year.

I will miss her.  The dragons are keening one of their own.

Thank you Anne, for so many years of joy and may you rest in peace.