Saturday, December 24, 2011

My Favorite Reads 2011

I love to read, but unlike with music, I don’t even try to keep up with new releases in the literary world.  That having been said, I always have a book going (sometimes more than one, but that is usually an unsuccessful endeavor).  Here are my favorite books that I read this year. 

Title:  Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits are Taking over the World (OfficialAmazonIndie Bound)
Author:  Leslie Simon (OfficialTwitterHarper Collins)

Leslie Simon’s third book is as witty and intelligent as her previous work.  This time around, she delves into the complex world of female geekdom in many of its incarnations.  The book is a ton of fun to read and chuck full of great information.  This is a must for geeks everywhere!

Title:  Vampire A Go-Go (OfficialAmazon)
Author:  Victor Gischler (BlogpocalypseFacebookTwitter, Google +MySpaceLinkedInGoodReadsWikipedia)

I picked this up at the going-out-of-business sale at the Borders in Norman.  I knew nothing about the book or the author but within a few pages I was hooked.  This satirical horror novel is a blast to read, but what makes it so good is that while poking fun at the genre it also masters it.  This is one of the best vampire novels that I’ve ever read. 

Title:  Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 (Amazon, FacebookWikipedia)
Author:  Michael Azerrad (Official BlogMySpace, FacebookWikipedia)

This book is simply a must for any fan of underground music.  Covering the extremely important years of 1981-1991, Azerrad chronicles the adventure of 13 of the most important bands in the American underground through in-depth research, personal experience, and countless hours of interviews. 

Title:  Mortal Coils (OfficialAmazon)
Author:  Eric Nylund (OfficialFacebookWikipedia)

Mortal Coils is a myth-based, urban fantasy that centers on 15-year-old twins Fiona and Eliot Post.  Unknown to the twins, they are the offspring of a goddess and the devil and their entire life to this point has been a lie.  But that all changes as they come into their own, discover the truth about their heritage, and the extent of their own powers.  This is a great book that is a must for fans of series like Percy Jackson and The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

Title:  Serpent’s Storm (AmazonGoogle Books)
Author: Amber Benson (Official BlogFacebookTwitterIMDB, Wikipedia)

Another myth-based, urban fantasy, Serpent’s Storm is the third book in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series and chronicles the adventures of the daughter of Death.  This is a series that each year I look forward to getting the next book in the series. 

Title:  The Hunger Games (, FacebookScholasticAmazonWikipedia)
Author:  Suzanne Collins (OfficialGoodReadsScholasticAmazon, Wikipedia)  

Every once in a while the hype is right.  It was right with Harry Potter and it is certainly right with The Hunger Games.  This science fiction novel is a fast paced, non-stop thrill ride that left me dying to know more.  Luckily the rest of the series is readily available.  Unfortunately though not in paperback (I like to keep my books all in the same format).  And in 2012 there is a feature film adaptation of the book that, based on the trailer, looks fantastic. 

Title:  The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Official, Amazon, Wikipedia)
Author:  Michael Scott (Official, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, Wikipedia)

Yet another myth-based, urban fantasy (can you tell that I like these?).  This is the fifth book in the excellent Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.  What’s great about this series is the amount of myth, folklore, and historical knowledge that Scott brings to the series (he is an expert in folklore). 

Title:  Legends of Shannara: The Measure of the Magic (Amazon, Wikipedia)
Author:  Terry Brooks (Official, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, Wikipedia)

The latest in the ever-expanding Shannara series is another bridge from the Word & Void trilogy.  While this isn’t the best thing that Brooks’ has ever written, it is still fun and definitely a must for any fan that wants to keep up with the Shannara universe.  

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