End of the Year Book Survey

Courtesy of Rabid Reads.

Last year was one of my best in terms of reading, but not so good in terms of blogging. Ever since school began in the fall I've been reading just as much, but my blogging has gotten so far behind that I need to get back in the swing!

1. Best Book You Read In 2011? 
Wow, this is hard, because I read so many books that were "best" in their own right. For YA fiction, definitly Death Watch by Ari Berk. I read and reviewed this one for Figment, and I'm so glad that I did. There was no talk about it on other book blogs, and I wish that more word had gotten out about it. I loved the imagry, the main character, Silas, the entire plot, the concepts woven in, everything.

The other best book that I read (or rather, listened to) was probably Winters Bone by Daniel Woodrell. It was so raw and powerful, and the ending was a grisly wrap-up for a novel that was just as so. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but I would love to pick up another one of Woodrell's "country noir" books in 2012.
(More under the cut.)