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The Best and Worst of 2011

5 Feb

So my plan on January 1, 2012 was to start this new piece where I pick the best and worst book I read in the past year. However, I was struck down with a bad case of mono which meant entire days in bed, no celebratory drinking on New Years, and the worst sore throat of my life. It was very sad. But, I’m fully healed and still want to crown the best and worst book for 2011! Better late then never!

Since this blog was started during the second half of 2011, it only includes half the books I read this year so I will only be picking from the books I reviewed. So without further adieu, here are my picks for the best and worst book I read and reviewed on Without a Book in 2011!

BEST

With the premiere of the Game of Thrones HBO show, most of my 2011 was spent reading through the Song of Ice and Fire series. I was blown away by Martin’s epic saga so naturally one of his books would have to take the crown for best read of 2011 above anything else I had read. And although A Dance with Dragons was released in 2011, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it did not make book of the year. Hands down, A Storm of Swords was not only the best book I read this year, but the best book in the series for me. Up until the very last line in this book, the reader is on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, ranging from fear, happiness, and extreme sorrow.

Read the original review here.

Worst

Unfortunately, the Song of Ice and Fire series also gave me the worst read of 2011. One book after the other was an impressive piece of storytelling….until this one that is. The fact that the story mainly focuses on secondary characters made the book feel like a waste of time. The disappointment I felt after finishing this book not having seen any of the main characters made this a memorable standout for worst book of the year.

Read the original review here.

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