26 December 2011

Top Ten Reads of 2011

Oh I love lists - Confessions of a Bookaholic, A Life Bound by Books, Fiktshun & Two Chicks on Books have put together a year end Top 10 of 2011 event. And what a way to start this even - Top Ten Books Read in 2011.

With 141 books read this year, and 25 of them being 5 star reads, this is a tough one. But here's my top 10 for 2011:

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Published 1987

Pages: 960 (paperback)

Swan Song is undoubteldy one of the best loved post-apocalyptic novels ever written.  I devoured Swan Song in two days (and at nearly 900 pages that speaks volumes).  The story, characterisation, writing are amazing and this will remain as one of my top ten reads ever!

Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo

Published: February 2010

Pages: 322 (paperback)

Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout is a won't-let-go-can't-put-down read, combining black humour, zombies, survival and a touch of the supernatural all in one great book.  And with three books following on, the great reading doesn't stop here.

The Dark Trilogy by Patrick D'Orazio

Published: 4 May 2011

Books: Comes the Dark, Into the Dark, Beyond the Dark and Dark Stories

Patrick D'Orazio's The Dark Trilogy was reviewed by me in November (review here) and remains as one of my favourite Zombie trilogies of the year - action-packed, Zombie-crammed, survival-jammed - with bonus material from Patrick's blog it's got even more punch than books read individually.

Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson

Published: 1 October 2011

Pages: 300 (paperback)

Phillip W. Simpson's Rapture (review here) captivated me from the first page with a fall-in-love-with main character, demons and angels, heaven and hell and everything in between.  Wonderfully written and presented, Rapture is my hidden gem for 2011.

His Other Lover by Lucy Dawson

Published: 20 March 2008
Pages: 320 (paperback)

His Other Lover by Lucy Dawson (reviewed here) turned chick-lit on it's head, proving that what sounds like a light, fluffy read on the outside can be far from the truth - chilling yet tragic, funny yet frightening, His Other Lover has a fantastic twist and is incredibly well-written.

Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

Published: 25 October 2011

Pages: 358 (paperback)

Jonathan Maberry once again sucked me straight in, with Dead of Night - chillingly atmospheric, my favourite female character of 2011, zombies, serial killers - it was one of my most awaited and most satisfying reads.

High Moor by Graeme Reynolds

Published: 16 November 2011

Pages: 354

High Moor (review here) is one of the scariest books I've read in a long time - complete with werewolves and some fantastic (and accurate!) descriptions of northern-England towns and the people that inhabit them.  Incredible writing and a wonderfully scary first book.

White Flag of the Dead by Joseph Talluto

Published: 2009

White Flag of the Dead by Joseph Talluto, and the subsequent books in the series, is another fantastic zombie trilogy by an up-and-coming author that I discovered in 2011.  But as well as being a zombie book, it also concentrates on the area that some books in the zombie gang miss - survival and building a family and community during the zombapocalypse.

All eight of these books got 5 stars from me, but there are also two four-star reads that I really feel deserve a mention.  They weren't perfect, but they were pretty damn close:

Horns by Joe Hill

Published: 1 January 2010

Pages: 368 (hardcover)

Joe Hill's Horns was one of the most unique, dark, chilling, emotional books I've read.  Driven by grief and guilt, the main character Ig suddenly finds himself in possession of some devilish powers - and subsequntly the chance to put wrongs to right.

Meat by Joseph D'Lacey

Published: 1 February 2008

Pages: 320 (paperback)

Meat by Joseph D'Lacey was one of the most disturbing, thought-provoking and enthralling dystopia's I've ever read.  I recently learnt from the author that my audiobook of Meat is an older version of the book, so in 2012 I will be reading (and reviewing) the updated written version - stay tuned!

There we have it - my top ten reads of 2011.  Heavily zombified, but some amazing books that deserve to be checked out.  Particularly if you haven't heard of them before, follow the links, read the synopsis on Goodreads and support these fantastic authors!


  1. Interesting picks! I have seen Rapture around and it looks really good. His Other Lover sounds really intriguing.
    My Top 10 of 2011

  2. Great list Kat! Thanks (I think) for making my TBR list even longer. :-P

  3. Wow so much horror, i like it. I'mma check out High Moor



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