With the Goodreads Choice Awards going on, I couldn’t help but look back over 2011 (can you believe it’s the end of the year already?!) and think about new books and new authors I’ve discovered thanks to Goodreads. Honestly, there have been so many books I never would have found on my own and authors I never would have read if it weren’t for GR book recommendations and that nifty stream that displays what all of your friends are reading. I’m about to make the transition to monthly vlogging to give myself a break from typing all the time, and I plan on dedicating a vlog per month to sharing my recent reads and asking for book reccomendations, but for now, I figured I’d list some of my new favorite books of 2011 and show some love for my new favorite authors. What about you? What were your favorite reads so far this year and who did you become a fan of?
1. The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James–I gush about this series all the time. It’s explicit and not for the kiddos, so if you’re a youngin’ or do not read erotic romance, then move along folks, nothing to see here! Why did I fall in love with E.L.’s writing? Well, for one: Christian Grey. The leading man is the ultimate tortured hero and is hands down the sexiest man in the fiction world–there will be no convincing me otherwise, so just don’t even bother . What makes E.L.’s writing and the series so phenomenal,though, is not just the scorching hot sex scenes (and I do mean ON FIRE), but the emotional intensity she manages to pack into the couple’s relationship. She brings these people to life. Every emotion that Ana and Christian experience is amplified and the way E.L. spins this kind of intensity sets her storytelling apart from a lot of other contemporary romance on the shelves. She delves deep into themes of redemption and unconditional love and makes it fun and laugh-out-loud hilarious at the same time.
2. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy–I won’t get started on a McCarthy rant. I’m a big fan of his, so I’ll just get to the book. Even though I’d seen this movie too many times to count, I’d never read the book. There just aren’t words for this work of art. What little I could come up with can be found here.
3.Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard–I had no idea what to expect when going into this novel, even with the countless reviews I read beforehand. I’d seen it described as an “intellectual romance,” and I don’t think anything could have described it better than that. This was equally as intense as The Fifty Shades books, but it was far more serious and I loved every second of it. The writing was beautiful. The story was intense. I couldn’t put it down and devoured it in a night. It deals with redemption and forgiveness in a way I’ve never seen executed in a contemporary romance before. Sylvain is right up there with E.L. James in my book and I can’t wait for the sequel.
All for now,