Monday, December 26, 2011

top ten Best of 2011

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists.
Having read over 60 books in 2011 (since I started keeping track, that is) I have read some very good books, and some not-so-good books, as well as a few that were not good at all!  

     1.      Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  The portrayal of Charlotte Lucas Collins was wonderful and I loved the twists in this Regency story that was a perfectly written sequel for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
     2.      Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  The story of Emily learning to move on after her husband died, and how a dog named Einstein was brought in to her life to help her.
     3.      Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  The people of Guernsey Island were so well-drawn that I was completely taken in to their lives and really cared as to what happened to them.
     4.      The Rosetti Letter by Christi Phillips
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  I loved Claire and how human she was and how detailed 17th century Venice was drawn, it made me want all the more to go to Venice to soak in the history of this fascinating city!
     5.      A Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  I loved the humor, the characters and the premise of this story.
     6.      The ‘What If’ Guy by Brooke Moss
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  This was such a wonderful character story that was perfectly paced and did not have a rushed ending!
     7.      Cinder by Marissa Meyers
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  This was a fun book that I fell for the characters and wanted to see where the story took me, as well as enjoyed the intrigue.
     8.      And One Last Thing by Molly Harper
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  This was a story of a woman finding herself with some very amusing side effects.
     9.      The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  I thought that this portrayed a teenage girl well and also loved the humorous bits that were thrown in.
     10.   Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen         
Why I loved it, in a sentence:  This was a re-read for me, but I absolutely loved it more because of the characters and how true they seemed to be.


  1. The What If Guy really was a great read - absolutely hilarious! I was laughing constantly while reading it.

  2. Oh, I need to read Sense And Sensability for the first time. I mean as a literate adult I feel not so very well read because the only Austen I've read is Pride And Prejudice.

    ALSO, Guernsey! I remember all the buzz it had when it first came out. I can't wait to read it.

  3. I can't wait to read Cinder, I'm going to see her next week when she does a signing. So looking forward to being able to read it.

  4. I am a Janite as well. You have found a bunch of Austenish books I haven't even heard of yet. Thanks for the recommendations.

    Please take a look at my new challenge to read the ALA YA Book Award winners for 2012.


  5. I just bought Cinder with some of my Xmas money...
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  6. Venice!!!! I will have to add The Rosetti Letter to my list now... (btw, a trip to Venice is totally worth it--it is one of those places (for me at least) that you think won't live up to your expectations, and then it does!)

  7. I have really wanted to read Charlotte Collins. After seeing in made it on your top ten I am bumping it up on my TBR list!

  8. @April (BooksandWine) I hope you do get a chance to read both of these! I have to admit, though, that Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen!

  9. @Kristina Lucky you...getting to see Marissa. Love that book!

  10. @Anne Bennett Your challenge sounds wonderful! Glad I could share the love on some Autenish books you have not yet read, and will get a chance to!

  11. @diaryofadomesticgoddessI am looking forward to your thoughts on Cinder! Enjoy!

  12. @Susan FrancinoWhen we next go to Europe (like my positive attitude?!) Venice is definitely on the agenda! I will have to get some kind of chin strap to keep my mouth from constantly hanging open!

  13. @AnneI absolutely loved Charlotte Collins. It was one of those books that I hugged to myself (well, the my Kindle at least) and I truly loved the nuance... It took my breath away!

  14. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society never seemed like a book that I would like, but I keep getting recommendations for it, so I finally picked it up. Hopefully I'll get to it soon.

  15. I'm reading Cinder right now and really enjoying it! Great list!

    Jess @ Gone with the Words
    My TTT post!

  16. Good for you on Sense & Sensibility!! Different writing speed! I loved, loved, loved Cinder, too. Great list!


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