My Best Reads of 2011

One year ago, I decided to start this blog to chronicle the books I read and share some book club news.  I never thought I’d of read as much as I did this year, nor have the pleasure of meeting authors and reading their books.  It has been a great journey and I am so thankful to have had you join me along the way.

There are quite a few books I enjoyed reading and some that have become my all time favorites.  Below is a list of some of the books I read this year that I absolutely love and wanted to share with you, too!

Best Reads of 2011

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell

The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

People of the Book by Kathi Macias

All That is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd

The Help by Kathleen Stockett

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Hidden Wives by Claire Avery

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Duggard

Miss You Most of All by Elizabeth Bass

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Faith of Ashish by Kay Marshall Strom

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

The Daughter She Used to Be by Rosalind Noonan

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


So, that’s my list for 2011!!  There are some little gems I found along the way and others were huge booksellers, but like any reader, it doesn’t matter how much publicity a book garners, it’s all in the quality of the writing :D

The Burb’s List Replacing Thrifty Thursdays

I will no longer be posting for Thrifty Thursdays.  There are so many sites available that list freebies on a weekly basis, and I just felt that my work was becoming a bit redundant.  Granted, I do this all on a volunteer basis and simply out of my love for reading, but why do the same thing??

So, on Thursdays, I will be posting The Burb’s List.  This was created out of my own desire to have a site that I can visit each week or after reading a book to get an idea as to some titles I may want to read next.  I love reading book reviews, but sometimes, I just want a title that I can quickly glance at to buy, borrow, or check out from the library.  These books will consist of different genres, will include a freebie book that I recommend or am interested in myself, books I have received or purchased that I cannot wait to read, and other book titles I have come across that have been placed on my TBR list.

So, if you are wanting to read a good book but don’t know where to start or just want some ideas, then The Burb’s List will be perfect for  you.

There are some freebie sites that I do recommend.  If you have an e-reader, then you will still want to download some free books, I am sure. Below are some sites that do list freebies.  If you know of any others, please let me know and I will gladly add them to this list.

Freebie Sites:

Pixel of Ink:  Books are primarily Kindles, however it will list free Nook books,too.

Barnes and Noble Community Forum:  These are for Nook users only.  However, I have found that if a Nook book  is free, then chances are it is also free at Amazon.  The books are added as they become available, so just go to the last number page and work backwards to make sure you haven’t missed any freebies.

Barnes and Noble:  For Nook users, you can simply type in the number: Zero(point)Zero—->0.0 and it will pull up any free books that are available for that moment.  I write that because there have been books available for one day and then next were full price.

E-Book Finds:  These are usually for Kindle books, but sometimes audible freebies are also listed.

The Frugal Girls:  Freebies for Kindles and Nooks are usually listed.  Sometimes, just great deals are listed.

Life Optimizer:  These are free classics. Of course, you can always visit Google Books to download them, but I do like this list too.

The Vessel Project: This is a Christian site that has a link for Free Resources.  The books listed are usually for Kindles and Nooks and are typically free.  You can sign up for their newsletter and receive updates as soon as they are listed.

And in the spirit of Freebies…I’d like to provide 2 book giveaways!

The Violets of March and Flat-Out Love

(1 giveaway per person=2 winners)

Contest Ends November 18, 2011

One Entry Per Person.

Simply fill out the comment form below.

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It’s Raining Books….

As you know, I am hosting a May Book Giveaway.  Click here for details.

If you are like me, I love books….and winning them is even better!

Below I have listed other blogs that are also hosting Book Giveaways this month.  Feel free to check them out!  If you know of one, or are hosting one, please feel free to post it in the comment section.

And….don’t forget to place your name/email on the comment section for my book giveaway, too :D

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