Top Books of 2011

I love a good novel, and this year I’ve been blessed to have the time to read quite a few books. Most of them I have been able to write a review for (the rest I’ll get to in the new year).

All the book reviews can be accessed through the book review category at the top of the page.

But my top five for 2011 which I enjoyed the most are as follows (the links take you to the respective reviews) :

Wish You Well by David Baldacci
A beautiful story about a young brother and sister who have to cope with a family tragedy. In the midst of their pain their wisdom and innocence becomes an inspiration to others around them.

The Associate by John Grisham
A straight-A student finds himself being blackmailed by an enemy he can’t hope to fight. He needs all his knowledge and natural instinct to try survive the David vs Goliath battle.

Persuader by Lee Child
A thrilling crime novel starring Jack Reacher. The FBI try to recruit him to use as a ‘governmental weapon’ to dismantle a major smuggling organization. The syndicate features someone who Reacher can’t wait to take down.

The Winner by David Baldacci
A brilliant, riveting novel about Luanne Tyler, who is an instantly likable character. She is a young, unwed mother stuck in a life of poverty and disappointment. A mysterious man offers her a guarantee to win the national lottery. She makes a choice, but not everyone is happy with her decision.

The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh
This was a captivating book I thoroughly enjoyed from a little-known author. The story is set in the 1940’s and centres around a young boy who has just lost his mother. His father is fighting in the war, so he is sent to live with his grandfather whom he has never met. It’s a powerful novel about fighting for love and changing hearts.

I’d encourage you to check out some of these books (and the others which didn’t make my top five) and appreciate some great authors giving their art to the world for us to enjoy.

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