Best Book of 2011?

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I am currently reading my ninety seventh book of the year (97!!) and am mulling over which book to make my 100th. It’s a pretty big number – I don’t know when I will have the opportunity to read that many books in a year again – I want it to be something special. Something wonderful. 

So I need your help.

What was the BEST book you read this year? The most amazing, mind-blowing read. Something that blew your mind, made you FEEL, took you on a journey and left you feeling satisfied/amazed/in awe.

I love sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, horror. I’m not mad-keen on teenage romance, and I’d like to avoid YA for my 100th book – pretty much all of what I’ve read in the last month has been YA.

Help me out, folks 🙂 What would you recommend??


7 thoughts on “Best Book of 2011?”

      1. It’s not his first book (and I usually like to start reading an author with their first book) but I wasn’t disappointed with this at all. Like you, I wanted a GOOD book for my last for my goodreads reading challenge, tried this and wow.

        Only problem is, I’ve now had to dive into the second book. I’m meant to be reviewing books for other people and judging for an awards! Oops.

  1. I’m currently reading 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami. Quite easily one of the best books I have ever read. Also, one of the biggest. The sheer size of thing is value in itself, let alone the masterpiece story within it.
    If you’re after something a little weird (ok, a lot weird) and all together incredible, this is my recommendation.

    1. Thanks, Kate! I just went and had a read about it and it seems very intriguing. It will go on my list of to-reads if it doesn’t end up being my 100th – I wonder if I could possibly get through it by the end of the year?? lol

  2. Leaving out the old favourites, I think the one from this year I’d most recommend is Kelly Jenning’s Broken Slate. It’s emotionally heavy, not a fun read, but readable, but simply breathtaking. Aside from Octavia Butler (and Kindred is only borderline SF) I really haven’t seen slavery written about anything remotely like as well in speculative fiction.

    Other recs: China Mieville’s Embassy Town is brilliant, though the most complex of his to date, and will need a reread. Mark Charan Newton’s Nights of Villjamur is a detailed and highly readable city-based fantasy that I think you’d really enjoy. I’d also recommend Nalo Hopkinson’s Robber Queen, but it’s pretty difficult to get hold of in NZ.

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