2011 A Year in Reading (actual novels edition)

As I mentioned in my Graphic Novels edition of the 2011 Year in Reading posts, I read 143 books this year, 60 or so of which had a lot of pictures in them.

Others were mostly made up of words, hoorah! I don’t want this to be the neglected younger sister of the graphic novels post, but I’m really not going to write reviews of these at length. Consider it a list of the best, absolute bestiest prose novels I consumed this year. Chances are, if you want to hear more about why I liked them, you can find me raving on a Galactic Suburbia podcast. Or you could just ask in the comments! I have been rather lazy about written reviews this year, but you can’t do everything.

Here we go…

YA and Children’s
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
The Vulture of Somerset, Stephen M Giles
Careful What You Wish For, Maureen McCarthy
Across the Universe, by Beth Revis
Burn Bright, Marianne De Pierres
The Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Claire
The Shattering, Karen Healey
Thyla, Kate Gordon
I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
The Demon’s Surrender, Sarah Rees Brennan
Huntress, Malinda Lo
Only Ever Always, Penni Russon
Red Glove, Holly Black
Bumped, Megan McCafferty
Matched, Ally Condie
Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor
The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman
Beauty Queens, Libba Bray

Gatherings of Short Stories
The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club, Kim Newman
The Wilful Eye – Tales from the Tower Vol 1, edited by Isobelle Carmody & Nan McNab
Nightsiders, Sue Isle
Love Songs of the Shy and Cynical, Rob Shearman
Thief of Lives, Lucy Sussex
Eclipse 4, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Debris, Jo Anderton
The Last Stormlord, Glenda Larke
Stormlord Rising, Glenda Larke
Stormlord’s Exile, Glenda Larke
The Female Man, Joanna Russ
Deathless, Catherynne Valente
Among Others, Jo Walton
Alcestis, Katherine Beutner
The Business of Death, Trent Jamieson
The Courier’s New Bicycle, Kim Westwood
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
All Men of Genius, Lev A.C. Rosen
God’s War, Kameron Hurley
Snuff, Terry Pratchett

Non-Fiction AKA the Doctor Who tie in category
Running Through Corridors Vol. 1, Rob Shearman & Toby Hadoke
The Big Finish Companion Vol. 1, Richard Dinnick

Audio Books
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, read by Lenny Henry
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, read by Celia Imrie
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
Thud by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs

Favourite Books I read with my 6 year old
Five Go On A Hike Together, Enid Blyton
The Naughtiest Girl in School, Enid Blyton
Alice Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll