Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2011

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature organized by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s feature is about the top ten books you’ve been putting off, but resolve to read in 2011.

I think this Top Ten Tuesday should come with some sort of conditional punishment. If these books are not on your final 2011 reading list, there will be floggings or tar and feathering….or worse, a book buying ban until you finish them.

Here are my top 10 books that I must finally get to in 2011:

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: I meant to read this one all last year, but the sheer size of the books in this series keeps intimidating me. I love Libba Bray, though, so I know the time must come soon.
  2. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly: I bought this after falling in love with Revolution. I know that I’m going to enjoy it, but because it is an older book, it keeps slipping down in my reading pile. Not this year! Older books are going to start getting some love, too.
  3. ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen: Seriously. Anything. I haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books yet and I know she’s supposed to be some kind of YA goddess. I even own most of her books because they keep showing up on B&N bargain sales. I just need to get my act together and read them. Maybe I’ll have a Sarah Dessen theme month and just knock them all out at once.
  4. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison: I’ve been slowly collecting this series at library book sales and used book stores, but I couldn’t find the first book in the series until my trip to Vermont last week. I can finally start reading these. I think I’m still missing a few in the middle, but I can deal with that later.
  5. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins: This series has been sitting on my shelf for a few months now. Like so many others, I loved the Hunger Games series, so I wanted to read Suzanne Collins’ older work. These are MG, so I’m hoping they’ll be pretty quick.
  6. A Quiet Belief in Angels by R.J. Ellory: I bought this book with birthday money probably two years ago. And I haven’t read it yet. I didn’t read many of my adult books this past year, so hopefully I can find a balance between adult and YA this year and finally knock this one off the TBR pile.
  7. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot: I haven’t read any books by Meg Cabot. I know, I should be ashamed. I plan to rectify that situation this year, too. I’ll start with this one and go from there. Other Meg Cabot recommendations are welcome.
  8. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa: I’ve had books from this series sitting around for months and months. I hear so many amazing things about them, but I’m nervous because I don’t usually like faeries. I think I will soon need to face my fears and just give it a shot.
  9. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith: This is another classic that has been recommended to me over and over. Like many other older titles, I haven’t gotten to it yet. I bought it once and returned it because the cover art was not what I expected (it was hideous), but then found the same ugly cover art at a library book sale. I still hate the way at looks, but at least it was cheap that time.
  10. Children’s Literature by Seth Lerer: I have this and many other nonfiction books on my TBR pile. I really want to read more nonfiction this year. I enjoy having an excuse to pull out the highlighters and post-its. A lot of the nonfiction books I want to read have to do with reading in general, as well as the history of children’s lit.

What do you resolve to read in 2011? Are you planning to get some of these books out of the way early or will it be a mad scramble to finish them up by the end of the year?

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20 Responses to "Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2011"

  • I have read a few Sarah Dessen books, but unfortunately they all seem to run together for me. The one that really stood out however, was Dreamland. That book really shook me up. Sarah Dessen writes like you know these characters, as though the MC could be your best friend or sister. So when some pretty messed up stuff happened in this book, it really tugged at my heart strings.

    I have The Iron King on my list as well! (which will be going up later today)

    1 Ginger @ GReads! said this (January 4, 2011 at 8:28 AM)


  • Ooohhh I forgot about the Princess Diaries series – I need to read that too! And I just bought A Northern Light so I’m really excited to read it. Great choicee!

    And I like this book buying ban idea…although I never have very good luck with those 🙁

    2 Tara said this (January 4, 2011 at 9:09 AM)


    • I don’t do well with them either. It’s a nice idea, though.

      3 Melanie said this (January 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM)


  • Hello, new follower here!

    A Northing Light is also on my list, I can’t wait to read it.

    The Iron series has also been on my list… I need to read them x) And Sarah Dessen is one of my all time favorite authors. It’s be fun to see a Sarah themed month. I reccomend reading them in order, or close to it, because in later books, there are brief moments where some old characters will reappear for a few pages. I love it!

    Happy reading!
    – Chelsea @ Books Turn Brains

    4 Chelsea said this (January 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM)


    • Thanks for the tip on Sarah Dessen books! I hadn’t heard that before. Now I’ll have to figure out the order and make sure I actually have the first ones…I think I’m only missing two.

      5 Melanie said this (January 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM)


  • I suggest only reading a Sarah Dessen every once in awhile, string them out! They are all very similar contemporary books – I mean, written in similar ways, so you will enjoy them more if separated by other books 🙂

    I need to read A Great and Terrible Beauty, too!

    6 Shanyn said this (January 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM)


    • Thanks Shanyn! That’s good to know. That’s how I tend to feel with Susane Colasanti books. I enjoy them, but less so if I read them back to back. It’s too much of the same thing.

      7 Melanie said this (January 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM)


  • I’ve read five of the ten on your list and I say “Yes! Yes! Yes!” I have so many books on my TBR, I think I’d have to make a list of 30 or so …..

    8 Annette said this (January 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM)


    • Oh believe me, this is a very edited down version. I have hundreds =/

      9 Melanie said this (January 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM)


  • I finally read The Iron King after much procrastination- it’s really good!
    The other books on your lists look great too- I don’t think I’ve read any books by Sarah Dessen either. And A Northern Light has been on my list after reading Revolution too.
    Good luck on your reading goals!

    10 Lucy said this (January 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM)


  • This is a great list! And I have to admit, some of your choices are on my list too – I have yet to read any Sarah Dessen despite the fact that i have several of her books. I also am lacking on the Meg Cabot. I read The Princess Diaries when I was like 13 but she has written so much more since then and I would like to try out some of her more recent work. You have inspired me to get cracking!

    11 Jennifer said this (January 4, 2011 at 12:32 PM)


  • I’m not the biggest fan of the Great and Terrible Beauty books (I don’t think I read the last one?), but they are good, and they’re really easy to get through, despite the length of them.

    Yes, definitely read Sarah Dessen. She is my absolute favourite <3

    The Georgia books are quite hilarious… I got a little sick of her immaturity by the last couple of books, but they are still DEFINITELY worth a read.

    Oh gosh yah, I totally forgot that I wanted to read the Gregor books. I guess they have a similar theme as the HG books? But they've got to be good, I would think.

    Oh wow, no Meg Cabot books!! I actually never finished the PD series, but I just ordered the last four, so I'm going to do a series re-read at some point soon. My faves by her? The Mediator series, Avalon High, the Airhead books, and the Size 12 series, which are adult.

    I really like the Iron Fey books, and I don't think I've ever read a faery book in my life. As long as you like fantasy to some extent I think you should enjoy them, because I didn't find the faery mythology/details too daunting at all. Everything about their world seemed to be explained quite well, since the main character is learning about it at the same time.

    Well… I hope you enjoy my amazingly super long comment, haha. 😉

    12 Ashley said this (January 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM)


    • I love your amazingly super long comment 😀

      It’s good to hear positive things about the books on this list. Hopefully that’ll help me get to them sooner.

      13 Melanie said this (January 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM)


  • I loved The Iron King (and the books after it). I put off reading them because I’ve never read much about the fae but I really, really enjoyed them.

    I have I Capture the Castle on my TBR shelf… hoping to get to it in 2011 too.

    14 Bree said this (January 4, 2011 at 6:54 PM)


  • I am reading The Iron King now…. really enjoying it…. Great list!

    15 Kat said this (January 4, 2011 at 8:03 PM)


  • Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging was laugh out loud funny. Great list.

    16 Librarygal said this (January 4, 2011 at 11:39 PM)


  • I have A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray on my list too.

    I read A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly last year.

    Hope you’ll have fun with your picks! :”)

    17 Frl. Irene Palfy said this (January 5, 2011 at 11:52 AM)


  • No Sarah Dessen? No Meg Cabot? Oh…my heart hurts…it cannot be possible!

    18 Anna said this (January 5, 2011 at 8:34 PM)


    • I know, I know. I should be shunned.

      19 Melanie said this (January 5, 2011 at 9:04 PM)


  • You and me both on number one. I was really skeptical about the book size and the other ones’ as well.
    I will get to reading the series though. Hopefully soon because I kept on avoiding it when I saw it.

    20 Gabrielle said this (January 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM)


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