Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Armchair BEA: Best of 2011 (so far)

Today's suggested topic for Armchair BEA is Best of 2011: favorite books we've read so far this year. In no particular order- because I love them all- here are my top five:

Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt
It sounds like a simple story-- a kid gets transplanted to a new town, hates it, and eventually finds his place there... but I'm still in awe of the range of emotions this book takes the reader through. Newbery, please!

Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini
If I had time to re-read anything these days, I would choose this book, no question. I got completely immersed in it! I can't stop raving about it, honestly. It's going to be my new go-to recommendation when someone asks me for a good read.

Orchards, by Holly Thompson
A gorgeous novel in verse that explores a couple of my favorite themes-- healing from grief and finding a sense of belonging. And the beautifully-depicted setting of rural Japan makes me love this book all the more.

Entwined, by Heather Dixon
This retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is so delightfully cozy... it's a book I want to curl up and read on a cloudy day, in front of a fireplace, wrapped in a blanket, with a mug of hot cocoa.

Art and Life in Rural Japan: Toho Village Through the Eyes of its Youth, edited by Cyrus Rolbin
The young people of a tiny Japanese village introduce their hometown through their own words and photographs. Addressing the issue of Japan's rural depopulation while highlighting the beauty of one community's heritage and history, this book is a treasure.


  1. I saw you on twitter, and thought I'd stop by!

    You've got some books on here that I've never heard of. Awesome! I'll go check them out.

    I bought Entwined, but still haven't gotten to it yet. I'm excited to read it!

    I can't wait to get my hands on Starcrossed!

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  2. Now here is a list with books I recognise! :) Very good list. Not that I've actually read them so far, sadly. But my to-read list has them safely tucked away. Lol.

    My top 5 "Best Of 2011" books!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  3. I have heard great things about "Entwined", but haven't heard of the others. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I've seen Starcrossed pop up on a few lists - will need to start reading that one! Orchards sounds very intriguing as well.
    Happy reading!

  5. What an interesting list - Okay for Now sounds wonderful, and would love to see the book about Japan. Nice to meet you, hope you enjoy the Armchair BEA week!

  6. love your books you chose! i'm a GFC follower of your blog now!

    mine are mostly dystopians! check out my list and follow me back?! =]


  7. Orchards looks so good! I'll have to add it to my TBR list.

  8. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! I hope some of you end up enjoying the books I recommended. :)


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