Friday, December 30, 2011

TGIF (13): Firsts & Lasts

TGIF at GReads is a feature by the fabulous Ginger, who asks us a fun question to answer every week. It's always a joy to be a part of this, and I think everyone certainly should try it out!

What was the first book you read in 2011 and the last you finished in 2011? How do you feel about these books? Would you recommend them to other readers?

The first book I read in 2011 was Juno & Juliet by Julian McGough.(Click to see my review.)

Thoughts: It was the first novel I read from Julian McGough, and unfortunately, it just wasn't my style. I did like the fact that it was about twins and family ties and set in Ireland though.

The last book I read in 2011, which got reviewed on the blog, was Lola & the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. (Click to see my review.)

Thoughts: This novel is the second I've read from Stephanie Perkins and I love it just about as much as her debut novel, Anna & The French Kiss. It had me laughing, crying, swearing, giggling and sighing - and it was really hard not to gush in my review (though I tried).

The last book I read in 2011, which will be reviewed in January, was Matched by Ally Condie.

Thoughts: The novel had an interesting premise, characters that I grew to like (Cassia, Xander, Bram, Grandfather) and one I was highly intrigued by and loved (Ky). It has me excited to get the next book, Crossed, in my hands.

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Reviews:

Selkie Girl by Laurie Brooks
Five: whimsical, fitting in , land & sea, selkie mythology, family

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Five: action-packed, friendship, surprising, supernatural creatures, self-discovery

Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Five: romance, quirky, fun, inspired many emotions, cute

Features:

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!
A quick post wishing everyone happy holidays!

Words from Books: Selkie Girl by Laurie Brooks
I highlighted some of my favorite passages from Selkie Girl.

Revelation Post: My Bookworm Santa & The Broke & Bookish Secret Santa
I tell you what I gave and what I got in the bookish Secret Santa events I joined this year.

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Favorite Books I Read in 2011
I narrow down all the books I've read to the top ten for 2011.

Ushering in 2012: Book Blogger Style
I post bookish resolutions for 2012.

5 comments:

  1. Lola and the boy next door has been on my list for a while now. :)

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  2. So many people love Lola and the Boy Next Door, I'm gonna have to pick it up one of these days! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Even if the first book you read wasn't your favorite, it still seems like you had a pretty phenomenal book year! Now I'm off to check out those reviews :D

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  4. Haven't had the chance to read any of those books. They sound good though. thanks for hopping through my blog.

    Jennifer@Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

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  5. I really want to read 'Lola and the Boy Next Door.' hope i can get a copy in the New Year.
    Matched was great too, and Crossed I loved even more - hope you enjoy. :D

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