FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2011

Here are our favorite books published in 2011. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. You can read some of our thoughts about these books in this post. In the comments, let us know if you agree, and what books we missed that are on your Best of 2011 list.

ADULT SFF

Lev Grossman The Magician KingChina Mieville EmbassytownDaniel Abraham The Dragon's PathJoe Abercrombie The HeroesNeal Stephenson ReamdeMark Lawrence Prince of ThornsPatrick Rothfuss The Wise Man's FearBrandon Sanderson The Alloy of LawHaruki Murakami IQ84Douglas Hulick Among ThievesKaren Marie Moning ShadowfeverJo Walton Among OthersSteven Erikson The Crippled GodStina Leicht Of Blood and HoneySeanan McGuire One Salt SeaJon Courtnay Grimwood The Fallen BladeClay and Susan Griffith The RiftwalkerM.L.N. Hanover Killing RitesJohn Hornor Jacobs Southern Godsfantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

CHILDREN / YOUNG ADULT

Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and BoneAnne Ursu BreadcrumbsCatherynne Valente The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own MakingMatthew J. Kirby IcefallScott Westerfeld LeviathanPhilip Reeve Scrivener's MoonIan McDonald PlanesrunnerElizabeth C. Bunce Liar's Moon

ANTHOLOGIES/ STORY COLLECTIONS

John Joseph Adams Brave New WorldRobert Silverberg Collected Works MultiplesThe Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume Two: Adjustment Team (1952-1953)

AUDIOBOOKS  (older books released in audio format in 2011)

Kage Baker The House of the StagSean Russell Gatherer of CloudsNnedi Okorafor-Mbachu Who Fears Death Walter J. Miller Jr A Canticle for LeibowitzWilliam Gibson Neuromancer


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12 comments

  1. Darn you guys for adding to my TBR! And thanks Kat for all your hard work setting this up!

  2. Why is “Best of” or our case “Favorites of” list so much fun? :)
    Great job Kat!!!

  3. Because there are so many of us with such varied taste! It’s like an awesome book buffet! :D

  4. I completely agree with Bill’s comments about Icefall. This book conveyed a perfect, and menacing, sense of mood, its pacing was perfect and in many places the writing was lyrical. It was a different take on this type of story, more commonly seen in mysteries. It is aimed at young adults but old adults should read it too.

  5. I can’t remember the last time I read a YA novel, but I have to admit that Icefall does look interesting.

  6. ok.. my freakin’ Amazon Wishlist is getting even more books added to it.. thanks guys..thanks a lot. :(

  7. I say next year we do this Dec 1 rather than Jan 1 so I can put these on my wish list and get them all for Christmas. So let’s see, I’ve read ten, I already have five on my shelf–yeah, my family can get the rest; that’s reasonable.

    Greg, I really can’t say enough good about Icefall. Marion’s comparison to a mystery is a good one. But even if it doesn’t turn out to be your cup of tea (or arsenic), I think at the least you won’t feel you’ve read a YA so much as a well-crafted book by a very good writer, just one that didn’t click for you.

    And Breadcrumbs is just fun for anyone well-versed in fantasy/faerie as Kelly said

  8. Great list – I see about a half dozen reads that are on my TBR list, along with a few that I’ll be adding.

  9. So glad to see Daniel Abraham’s book on the list. It was great! I also thought that Carol Berg’s The Soul Mirror was excellent. Her best yet!

  10. Nice list!I am really interested in ” A Canticle for Leibowitz” I had’nt known about this one before. I had been putting off Reamde, I’ve got to get to it. Also Brave new Worlds piques my sensibilities, I’ll be putting it on my to read list. Most of the rest of the stuff I already have on my TBR pile I’ll just move em up so I get to em sooner.

  11. Icefall and Breadcrumbs are now both in my cart on Amazon, so it looks like you folks have given a couple of authors a small New Year’s Eve present. A few others from this list are on there, too, including Prince of Thorns and Among Thieves. I don’t know if I’m sayinig a good thing or a bad thing about myself when I note that many, if not most, of the others are already on my library shelves. (Well, yes, I do know: it’s a good thing about me that I love books, read books and buy books. And I’ll live forever, because you can’t die until you’ve read all your books — that IS how it works, isn’t it?)

  12. Terry- “you can’t die until you’ve read all your books” I think you’re right. That’s probably why I’m still alive today, well that and I drink coffee everyday. :)

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