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

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?

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Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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?


Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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.


Sunday 27th of May 2012

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!!!

Terrie Andrews

Saturday 18th of February 2012

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.


Saturday 7th of January 2012

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.

Jen at The Three Little Piglets

Wednesday 4th of January 2012

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