Shannon Dittemore



 This post was inspired by my editor, Becky Monds. She’s been looking around for some good top ten lists on the internet, and I thought, “Hey! I need me one of those!”

So here it is….

My Top Ten Favorite Novels of 2011

Disclaimer: I’m not through reading for the year and I have a few books on my ‘To Read’ list that could definitely vie for spots here. Also, depending on the day, any one of these books could be my favorite of the year. The order is really irrelevant. All ten of these books are awesome sauce.

10. The Death Cure, James Dashner

9. Words, Ginny Yttrup

8. Ruby Red, Kerstin Gier

7. Wither, Lauren DeStefano

6. The Near Witch, Victoria Schwab

5. Dust and Decay, Jonathan Maberry

4. Hourglass, Myra McEntire

3. There You’ll Find Me, Jenny B. Jones

2. Enclave, Ann Aguirre

1. A Crimson Warning, Tasha Alexander

1. Across The Universe, Beth Revis

1. The Girl of Fire & Thorns, Rae Carson

Okay, okay, okay. This is the THIRD version of this list and I know it now has 12 titles, but I’m an author. I can’t count. Forgot a MAJOR fave and the list was just incomplete without it. Then I read The Girl of Fire & Thorns and since it’s still 2011, I had to add it. HAD TO!


Not surprisingly, young adult books feature fairly prominently on this list. Slightly more surprising is my recent obsession with zombies. Time travel and dystopian works also wormed their way into my heart. A couple contemporaries and a historical suspense round out  my favorites for the year.

What have I missed, folks? I still have a good ten days before this year is out. Any must reads before the ball drops?



  • Comment by Karis (YA Litwit) — December 21, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    Shine by Lauren Myracle was my #1. Also, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, and Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. I did a Top 25 post with a giveaway. You should check it out!

    Karis @YA Litwit

  • Comment by Shan — December 23, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    What a beautiful website you have, Karis! Gorgeous. I’m going to trawl it for some good book recommendations now. Thanks for visiting.

  • Comment by Lacey — December 27, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    You always have the best book suggestions! I will have to check these out! Thanks for the list Shannon! 🙂

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