A Year’s Worth of Books: What I Read in 2011

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Reflecting back on the past year, I see that 2011 was full of books in my house, as you can probably see. Weekly trips to the library, lots of hours traveling, late nights in bed glued to a book.

In case you’d like some book recommendations, I thought I’d share with you what I read in 2011. It’s quite a lot after all. I particularly enjoyed Young Adult novels last year. I found them gripping and wildly entertaining. I like the kind of book that impossible to put down and Young Adult novels usually provided that for me.

I read lots of series. I tend to get obsessed with books and I like when the story isn’t over after just one book, so I deliberately searched for stories that offered more than one book.

Several of these series already had a head start on me with many books to offer, while others left me with much to look forward to in 2012 as the authors release their sequels.

If you would like to see my ratings of the books, check out my Goodreads profile. I have a whole shelf devoted to my 2011 books. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I enjoyed them all for different reasons.

Note: I read a few more than listed here but they either didn’t earn a mention or they weren’t part of a series.

Heroes of Olympus

Book 1: The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan
Book 2: The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan

The Iron Fey

Book 1: The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa
Book 1.5: Winter’s Passage, by Julie Kagawa
Book 2: The Iron Daughter, by Julie Kagawa
Book 3: The Iron Queen, by Julie Kagawa
Book 3.5: Summer’s Crossing, by Julie Kagawa

The Mortal Instruments

Book 1: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
Book 2: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare
Book 3: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare
Book 4: City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices

Book 1: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare
Book 2: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare

The Chronicles of Nick

Book 1: Infinity: The Chronicles of Nick, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Book 2: Invincible: The Chronicles of Nick, by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Book 1: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan
Book 2: The Dead-Tossed Waves, by Carrie Ryan
Book 3: The Dark and Hollow Places, by Carrie Ryan

The Seven Kingdoms

Book 1: Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
Book 2: Fire, by Kristin Cashore

The Wolves of Mercy Falls

Book 1: Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater
Book 2: Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater
Book 3: Forever, by Maggie Stiefvater

The Trylle Trilogy

Book 1: Switched, by Amanda Hocking
Book 2: Torn, by Amanda Hocking
Book 3: Ascend, by Amanda Hocking


Book 1: Matched, by Ally Condie
Book 2: Crossed, by Ally Condie

Maze Runner

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Book 1: The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Book 2: The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner


Book 1: Enclave, by Ann Aguirre


Book 1: Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

The Chemical Garden Trilogy

Book 1: Wither, by Lauren DeStefano


Book 1: Divergent, by Veronica Roth

What books did you enjoy in 2011?

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Stephanie - January 02, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    I just finished “Delirium.” Creative premise, but I was disappointed by the quality of the writing and the character development.
    “Divergent” is on my library list.
    Also, I’m in the middle of an excellent book – “Quo vadis.” Fascinating.


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    Alli - January 02, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Thank you so much for the recs! I remember reading your last dystopian YA post and downloading (and loving) all of them. Have you read the Birthmarked trilogy by Caragh O’Brien? It’s kind of in the same vein and is awesome as well (but I’m going crazy waiting for Book 3 to come out, so maybe wait until it does to get started lol).


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 2nd, 2012 @ 4:01 PM

      I have not read Birthmarked yet, but that series is on my list. I have suggested it to the library because they don’t have it yet, but I might get impatient enough and just buy the book. It sounds really good! On the other hand, I do love to read a series after all the books are out because there is no waiting and it is always fun to devour several in a row.

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    Karly - January 02, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    We seem to have the same taste in books. I’m a huge fan of dystopian YA series! Off to check out a few of these…


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    Christy - January 02, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    I just started Hunger Games, and I’m enjoying it. I had no interest in it until I saw that just about everyone online loved it. I’ve read the first two books of The Song of Ice and Fire, I paused in the middle of book three for Hunger Games. I have also read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series and loved it even with it’s over the top goofieness.

    I really appreciate these recs. As soon as I’m done with Hunger Games I either have to go back to ASoI&F or start one of these. I can’t wait to see where I go.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 2nd, 2012 @ 4:03 PM

      I haven’t heard of The Song of Ice and Fire or Sookie Stackhouse. I’ll have to take a look at both. For a long time I didn’t want to read Hunger Games because people would always say the premise was about kids killing kids…which after you’ve read the book that makes sense, but it’s about so much more. That series is one of my favorites of all time now!

    • Susan replied: — January 13th, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

      Im reading the series “The Song of Ice and Fire” right now! It is amazing! Im in the middle of book four right now and cant wait to get to book 5! After looking at the list of books you read in 2011, I think you will really enjoy this series! Hunger Games is next on my list to read after that.

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    Ashley H - January 02, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    We have the exact same taste in books from what see -=D I absolutely LOVED The MOrtal Insyruments series!! Hands down my favorite I*ve ever read!!!


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    Nancy @ Rivertree Kitchen - January 02, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    I’m just about to start Divergent. The Hunger Games series is fantastic–as good as Harry Potter, though very different in plot and style. I just finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first in what promises to be a series. I’ll definitely read the second book. (I belong to a YA book club.)


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    Kayla - January 02, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    You should check out Maria V. Snyder’s Magic Series and Glass series. Both very good!


    • Amanda replied: — January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:48 PM

      I was going to suggest the same thing! My local small bookstore knows what kind of books I like and they HIGHLY recommended the Study series to me. I devoured them. My roommate devoured them next. Then I proceeded to buy everything she’s written! (The Glass series and her new release, Touch of Power).
      Katie, with your interest in fantasy and YA, you definitely need to check her out. I’m going to send you a recommendation through Goodreads ;-)

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    Rebecca - January 02, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    This is a great list, thank you. I remember your dystopian list, and have been tracking down books from that one. Just added a TON to my wishlists…


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    Double Dipped Life - January 03, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    Great list! I loved the Matched series, and can’t wait for the 3rd! I also “friended” you on goodreads! (Krista)


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    Kelly @ Kelly Be Well - January 03, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    My favorites of 2011 were the Fallen series (young adult), the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (paranormal romance..make no mistake..these are definitively raunchy!), The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick (her Sea Witches series is supposed to be awesome as well), the Hunger Games series, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mill River Recluse, and The Winter Sea.

    Several of those I actually picked up as cheapies for my Kindle. :)


    • Amanda replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

      The Winter Sea was a great surprise find. I hadn’t heard of it but picked it up anyway. Super good!

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    TheGourmetCoffeeGuy - January 03, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    A very interesting list of books, reading series is fun, particularly when the first book is engaging and you don’t want it to end! Thank you for sharing your insights.


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    Tickled Red - January 04, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    What a great list! Some of these Patch has been looking at so I’ll let him know that you liked them. Happy New Year dear :D


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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets - January 04, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    I really liked Shiver, but I haven’t gotten around to the sequels yet… there’s always this year right?!


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    Renee - January 07, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    I haven’t a clue as to what books I’ve read over the year, maybe this year I’ll keep track of that? Anyways, I’m in love with your list and now have added yet even more to my already unending list. Thank you.


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    Terrie Andrews - February 18, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Hi Katie,
    I somehow came across your site while searching Pinterest. I love books! I am a retired first grade teacher and really miss some of the picture books. I also have a daughter that has just written a book you might enjoy. It is called “Shadow Reader.” It is a urban fantasy about the fae. She is now writing the next book. She is having a harder time with it because she just became the mother to my wonderful twin grandsons.
    Just thought I would give you another book to put on your list. Check it out in Good Read.


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    Kayleen - May 27, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    I am in the middle of The Declaration series!!! It seems you would like it because it is somewhat similar to some of the series you have posted!!!!! There are three books in the series: The Declaration, The Resistance and The Legacy!! They were written by Gemma Malley!!!


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    Cheri - January 02, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    My daughter is 14 and a big reader. I allowed her to read Divergent and Insurgent, which were clean, but more intimate than I preferred. Which of these books are okay for a 14 year old to read?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:41 PM

      Maze Runner, Matched, and Heroes of Olympus are the cleanest and should be suitable for a 14 year old. The Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, The Seven Kingdoms, and Wolves of Mercy have a lot of romantic interest and can be mature at times.

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