Friday, 30 December 2011

My Favourite Books of 2011 + GIVEAWAY!

2011 is the first full year of my little blog and already this week I’ve looked back at the things I’ve done this year, but I'm missing something...what is it? ...hmmm...oh, yeah – the books I read and fell in love with this year! J

This year has been a bumper year for reading, with plenty of good books from my beloved series and a few new authors I’ve I’ve narrowed down some of my favourites and can’t resist sharing them with you. And to prove how generous I am, I’m going to give TWO lucky people the chance to choose one of my favourite books for their very own. Just have a look at my choices and fill in the form at the bottom of this post. Open Internationally until 6th January 2011.
Favourite Books in Continuing Series (All these books are from series that I try and buy as soon as the next book is released! If you haven’t started these series yet, you can choose any book from the series in the giveaway!)

Green-Eyed Demon (Sabine Kane 3) – Jaye Wells: Sabina is one my favourite UF series – and this was the best book yet!
Changes (Dresden Files 12) – Jim Butcher: Harry Dresden is one of my favourite characters ever!
Shady Lady (Corine Solomon 3) – Ann Aguirre: This was the best Corine book yet with plenty of action and adventure
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels 5) – Ilona Andrews:  Curran and Kate are a fantasic couple!

New Urban Fantasy Authors (These are author’s I’ve discovered in the last year and have added to my must buy list!)
Embers – Laura Bickle: Such an atmospheric and fantastic story – plus I adore Sparky! J
Rogue Oracle – Alyana Williams: The bad guy here is so creepy – I just can’t get the idea of such a mutant out of my head...*shudders*
Deadtown – Nancy Holzner: An Urban Fantasy series that starts with a bang!

YA Books
Inside Out – Maria V Synder: A long time fan of her fantasy series, now Maria tries her hand at Dystopia and write an exciting tale!
Rot and Ruin – Jonathan Maberry: FANTASTIC – everyone should read it!
Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead: Do I need to say anything?
Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy) – Jennifer Estep: Such a fun read – I loved it!
0.4 – Mike Lancaster: Such a different and unique story

Every Other Day - Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Buffy-esque adventure with plenty of violence and snark

Fantasy Books
The Spirit Thief/ The Spirit Rebellion/The Spirit Eater – Rachel Aaron: A fantastically fun fantasy series with some great characters – and I just adore Eli Monpress!

Touch of Power - Maria V Synder: The start to a new series that looks like it will be worth waiting for!

Hard to classify but great reads
American Gods – Neil Gaimen: A fantastic journey across America
Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde: A Unique vision of the future where colours are rationed

Dystopian Books
Aftertime – Sophie Littlefield: A brilliant search for her daughter after a zombie plague – brilliant read!

It was really hard to narrow down my favourites to these few – there are plenty of others I wanted to include as well but I had to pick the best of the best – and the ones I can still remember  the emotional journey of each one! So you have your choice to win one of these books (or any other book by any of these authors!) Just fill in this form...
And what do you think of my choices? Did I miss your favourite book of the year out?



  1. Great contest :D I went for the fantasy one :D

    SO hard to say my fav books, there were many, I must think about my list again.

  2. A lovely list - plenty of these I've read (would like to read) and I liked!

  3. great books on your list! I have Rot and Ruin but not read it yet and the others are all pretty new to me! Ive heard really good things about Every Other Day though!! :D

  4. Fantastic books, Mel!!! Thank you for such a lovely giveaway! I've reposted the link :)

  5. thank you so much for this great giveaway! I love most of your books and I really need to read the others

  6. You're really generous :)
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  7. thanks you for this great giveaway
    I haven't read several of these serie(books)but some are on my wish list ( ilona andrews, kate daniels serie is also on my must buy immediately list^^;;)

  8. Great list!
    And awesome giveaway. Thanks :-)

  9. Good choices there- I recognise a few of them and need to read a few of the others.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  10. I love Kate Daniels and the Dresden Files! Great choices, and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  11. great choices. There are so many on that list that I haven't read yet. Someday...

  12. Thank you very much great picks!
    Happy New year to you!

  13. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!! And I agree with you, the series by Laura Bickle and Alayna Williams are some of my favourite UF series of 2011 as well :-)


    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Thanks for the recommendations ;) I don't think I've read any of these books, but Maria V Snyder's books are always on my radar.

    Happy New Year!

  15. Great giveaway! :) It's so hard to pick from this list. It's one amazing stack of books here. :) Happy New Year to you! Thank you!!!

  16. Thank you for the great giveaway and Happy New Year!!!

  17. Great choice of books! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New year! :)

  18. An amazing selection.

    Thank you so much.