My picks for 2011’s best reads – as always, because at least two thirds of my reading is backlist, the books are selected from everything I read this year, not just released in 2011. You can find reviews for all these books in the ‘Books I’ve Reviewed’ list to the left of screen.
Best wishes for all in 2012. I hope the importance of books continues to be celebrated, and I hope you all read a book that just worms its way into your heart. I also hope to shortly have good news of my own. Here’s to 2012 – Australia’s National Year of Reading.
BEST KIDS BOOK READ IN 2011:
The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende & The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz
with the emotional punch.
BEST KIDS SERIES READ IN 2011:
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy & Tales from the Tower, edited by Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab
Tantony, by Ananda Braxton-Smith
Her books may not be for everyone, and they may not be easy, but the beauty she can create with words is outstanding – the weird, unusual and other becomes just gorgeous in Braxton-Smith’s hands. The Mourning Emporium too, just for the sheer joy Michelle Lovric takes in story and words and dialect.
Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
Not YA, but this little story set on Tasmania’s coast really got to me in the best kind of way.
MOST PLEASANT SURPRISE:
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
I was wary of the hype but this book was a delight to read, and told with such affection and power.
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley & Tantony by Ananda Braxton-Smith
Martha in Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor. She is a walking wisecrack and I love it.
The Mourning Emporium, by Michelle Lovric & Tales from the Tower (both books)
MOST ANTICIPATED READING FOR 2012:
Night Beach, by Kirsty Eagar & Talina in the Tower by Michelle Lovric