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Armchair BEA: Best Books of 2011 ... So Far

Today's topic for the Armchair BEA is "Best of 2011," which means I get to share with you some of my favorite books of the year (so far). So here are the books that have been at the top of my list this year. I originally gave some of these a rating of 4/5 instead of 5/5, but after reflecting on it over time, I think these all place high on my list this year. You can click on the titles to read my reviews.

Best Nonfiction:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (biography)
Moonwalking with Einstein by Josh Foer (memoir)

Best Fiction:
In the Lap of the Gods by Li Miao Lovett (contemporary/China)
Blue by Lou Aronica (contemporary/fantasy)

Best Thrillers:

Zero Day by Mark Russinovich (technothriller)
The Shepherd by Ethan Cross (psychological thriller)

The Pharos Objective by David Sakmyster (action/adventure)

Most interesting from a writing perspective:
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices

What are your favorites of 2011 so far?


  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is on my wishlist.

    In 2009 I decided to step away reviewing for publishers and publicists. I felt like I was losing my focus and drifting from my mission statement of sharing the joys of reading. Call it taking a librarian's approach to blogging. Come see what I mean.

  2. Hmmm...I haven't read any of these - will have to take a look now!


  3. One of my 2011 faves is Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, I definitely enjoyed it! :)

  4. Hey, Blue made my list too! I loved it! I really want to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It sounds like an excellent biography.


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