Best Books of 2011, Final Honor Roll, Romance, YA Fiction, and Graphic Works

The final version of the 2011 ABBC (All-the-Best-Books Compilation) is available for download as an Excel spreadsheet via Blogging for a Good Book at Williamsburg Regional Library. The spreadsheet lists 3328 titles published in 2011 in 11 genres and subject categories, each annotated to show which of 237 newspapers, magazines, awards, blogs, and other web sites named them a best book of 2011.

I’m concluding coverage of the best of 2011 with five long lists showing how many mentions the top books received in each category. This post examines the top finishers in young adult fiction, romance novels, and graphic works.


27  mentions  Patrick Ness  A Monster Calls

26 mentions Laini Taylor  Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Veronica Roth  Divergent

20 mentions Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Maggie Stiefvater The Scorpio Races

18 mentions Libba Bray Beauty Queens

Ruta Sepetys  Between Shades of Gray

14  mentions Franny Billingsley  Chime

10 mentions Moira Young Blood Red Road

9 mentions Lauren Oliver  Delirium

8 mentions Tim Wynne-Jones Blink & Caution

7 mentions Nnedi Okorafor  Akata Witch

Kendare Blake  Anna Dressed in Blood

Anne Aguirre  Enclave

Rae Carson  The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Marie Lu  Legend

Mal Peet  Life: an Exploded Diagram

Maureen Johnson  The Name of the Star

Kenneth Oppel  This Dark Endeavor: the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

John Corey Whaley  Where Things Come Back


7 mentions Joanna Bourne  The Black Hawk

Thea Harrison  Dragon Bound

Loretta Chase  Silk Is for Seduction

Eloisa James When Beauty Tamed the Beast

5 mentions Nalini Singh  Archangel’s Blade

Susan Elizabeth Phillips Call Me Irresistible

Julie Ann Long  What I Did for the Duke

4 mentions Pamela Clare  Breaking Point

Darynda Jones  First Grave on the Right

Nalini Singh  Kiss of Snow

Meredith Duran  A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal

J. R. Ward  Lover Unleashed

J. D. Robb  New York to Dallas


23 mentions  Craig Thompson  Habibi

15 mentions  Kate Beaton  Hark! A Vagrant

14 mentions Anya Brosgol  Anya’s Ghost

13 mentions Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba The Daytrippers

9 mentions  Adam Mansbach  Go the F**k to Sleep

Chester Brown  Paying for It

8 mentions Anders Nilsen  Big Questions

Jim Ottaviani  Feynman

7 mentions  Laura Redniss Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout

6 mentions  Art Spiegelman  MetaMaus

5 mentions Daniel Clowes  The Death-Ray

Carla Speed McNeil  Finder: Voice

Jonathan Case & Jeff Jensen  Green River Killer: a True Detective Story

Kagan McLeod  Infinite Kung Fu

Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham  Level Up

Shigeru Mizuki & Jocelyne Allen  Onward towards Our Noble Deaths



About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

1 Comment on "Best Books of 2011, Final Honor Roll, Romance, YA Fiction, and Graphic Works"

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  1.' Shelley says:

    Interesting lists.

    But books don’t like Excel spreadsheets.

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