Lyndsey's yearly round up!

2011 has been a great year in books and blogging for me. A whole year now Vicky and I have been doing this blog together and I couldn't be happier for having collaborated with her. As it's the end of the year, I thought it would be good to share with you my top books of 2011, some blogging highlights and things I'm looking forward to in 2012.

Favourite books of 2011

Up until the first week of December, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly was by far my favourite book of the year. Set in Paris, it mixes music, history and love together in the most fantastic way.

Everything about this book appealed to me and I couldn't put it down once I had started reading. The story stayed with me for such a long time and I know I won't be forgetting it any time soon.

You can read all about why I loved this book so much here!

Late November came and the highly anticipated Clockwork Prince turned up at my door. I loved Clockwork Angel and so this was a book I couldn't pick up quick enough. Cassandra Clare completely outdid herself with this sequel, showing the dark and cobbled streets of Victorian London but also writing one hell of a romance at the same time. As love triangles go in YA books, Will, Jem and Tessa have got to be my favourite. I haven't read one so plausible and realistic in a long time and I'm having such a hard time deciding who I prefer. Maybe I'll never actually decide.

As I said, up until the beginning of December, Revolution was my favourite book. Then The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern came along. Bloggers all over had been raving about this one and my sister even managed to read it before me, telling me I HAD to read it NOW. The Night Circus is a book that for me, sums up everything that reading is all about. Having to picture such amazing scenes and characters in my head is the thing that I love so much about reading and this book made me do it for every single word on every single page. I'm having a hard time expressing my thoughts on this one in a review so it won't be up until January but in short... magical, perfect, stunning!

Blogging highlights

In October, I got the chance to meet Jennifer Donnelly in Leeds with the wonderful Emma Bradshaw from Bloomsbury. It turned out that only me and one other person could make the event so it turned into a lovely, intimate brunch with the four of us talking books, blogging and everything in-between as well. I was extremely nervous meeting Jennifer, having loved Revolution so much but she was lovely and I had a wonderful time. Having a signed copy of one of my favourite books of the year is definitely a highlight.

Technically, this is not a blogging highlight but.... As Radio One's Big Weekend was in Carlisle this year, Vicky managed to somehow get tickets and asked me to go with her! How could I have ever passed that down?! It was so nice getting to spend some time with Vicky drooling over her books for a day (and stealing quite a few) and then getting up super early to stand in a line in the rain. Every drop of that rain was worth it though. Getting to see Lady Gaga, The Script and more and going a bit mad with my blogging partner was one of the best weekends I ever could have asked for.

2012's most anticipated!

After having such a good year for books this year, I'm hoping 2012 will be even better. There haven't been many books at all that I have hated or not finished this year. Author's have really been stepping up their game and bringing out some fantastic stories. It gets me thinking about if anything in 2012 will beat the books that I loved the most in 2011.

Here are just a few of the books I am really looking forward to next year:

Sometimes there's no easy way out.

Victor hates his life. He has no friends, gets beaten up at school, and his parents are always criticizing him. Tired of feeling miserable, Victor takes a bottle of his mother's sleeping pills—only to wake up in the hospital.

Bull is angry, and takes all of his rage out on Victor. That makes him feel better, at least a little. But it doesn't stop Bull's grandfather from getting drunk and hitting him. So Bull tries to defend himself with a loaded gun.

When Victor and Bull end up as roommates in the same psych ward, there's no way to escape each other or their problems. Which means things are going to get worse—much worse—before they get better….

I have to thank the lovely Carly for bringing this one to my attention (as well as MANY others). This one sounds completely fresh, original and quite exciting... it is set in a psych ward after all!

Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her: evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

Again, another one that Carly brought to my attention. Like her, I have never seen a retelling of Robin Hood before and the fact that I live in Robin Hood land (Nottingham) myself made me desperately want this one!

In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it's too late. As Jem's health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves — even if it means never seeing the other one again?

This one isn't out until nearly the end of 2012 and right now, it seems sooooo far away! As you can see above, Clockwork Prince was one of my favourite books in 2011 so obviously I am dying for the next installment. I need me some more Will, Jem and Tessa!

So, there we have my yearly round up! It's been a great year and I can't wait for what 2012 has to bring - a lot of great books no doubt! Happy New Year to you all!

1 comment:

  1. I think I really need to read the night circus! Im missing out it would seem! I'm also gutted that I couldn't make that event in Leeds! I will meet you soon damnit! :)


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