Books 2011 & Giveaway [CLOSED]

2011 was a good year for books and reading for me. I attempted the 50 Book Challenge (and will be doing so again this year), and although I didn’t reach the target of 50 books, I still managed to read 40 and that is a pretty impressive number in my opinion. The books I read in 2011 were:

There were some definite stand-out books this year, and I thought it might be a nice idea to have a little giveaway with some of my favourite books of 2011. I will be giving away one copy each of We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Cloudstreet by Tim Winton and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. To enter simply leave a comment letting me know which of these four books you’d like to win (and be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner). The giveaway is open internationally and winners will be drawn on February 1, 2012. Good luck!

33 Thoughts on “Books 2011 & Giveaway [CLOSED]

  1. Jesselyn on January 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm said:

    we need to talk about Kevin

  2. You did much better than I did, with my mere 12 out of 50! πŸ˜›

    I’ll enter, possibly getting either We need to talk about Kevin, Before I go to sleep or Alas, Babylon. Just choose the one you found to be a good read.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Well done Jess! I had aimed for 50 also but I only got to 35 so good on you! I’d love to win Cloudstreet (I have read/already own most of the other books!). Great idea for a giveaway!
    My email is

  4. Erin O'Brien on January 2, 2012 at 12:29 am said:

    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton appeals to me… absolutely! And I’m so impressed by your 40 books! I must read more this year… yes, I’ve decided that’s one of my New Year’s resolutions. πŸ™‚

    My e-mail, though I’ve included it below, is

  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak πŸ™‚ Having said that, I saw Cloudstreet and got flashbacks of year 12 english! Ha ha… You’ve read so many books this year, good on you! I’m such a slow reader. I’m still trying to finish a book I bought in 2010, LOL. Other books get in the way πŸ™‚

  6. Monique on January 2, 2012 at 7:55 am said:

    I would love to read Cloudstreet by Tim Winton . happy New Year and thanks

  7. I would like to know what you thought of ‘The Red Queen’? It looks interesting. Also Benjamin Button? I heard CCofBB can drag on. LOL at the Sweet Valley High book, I remember watching that TV series and the Babysitters Club on Disney…memories. Kids today don’t know what they’re missing.

    I would love ‘The Book Thief’ if I win.

  8. Happy new year! Would love to try We Need to Talk About Kevin. It sounds really intense but an interesting read

  9. Happy new year!
    We Need to Talk About Kevin.

  10. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to read “The Kite Runner”.

  11. Hey, 40 is pretty good! Much better than my paltry 23…

    I’ll go The Book Thief. You already know my thoughts on We Need To Talk About Kevin and anything by Tim Winton, and I already have The Kite Runner around somewhere, though I’ve not read it yet.

  12. Georgie on January 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm said:

    Would love to read The Kite Runner!

  13. I only learnt of the reading challenges late in the year, and read 9 books from November to December. I was pretty happy considering I’ve been so used to just uni texts:) This year I’m doing a 30 challenge, I think. I don’t think I could read as many as you did;) I’d love to add We Need To Talk About Kevin to my ‘read’ pile though! Looking forward to your book posts, they make me swoon and spur me to read more.


  14. In between all the textbooks and journal articles I read about 19 books in 2011 which I think was a decent effort πŸ™‚ Definitely want to read more books this year though – there’s a few on your list I think I might borrow from the library. I’d really like to read We Need to Talk About Kevin before watching the movie πŸ™‚

  15. Wow, 40 books! I’ll usually manage to get through about 5, and of that only 1 novel – the rest are educational. You’ve inspired me to take a book challenge this year! If I won, I’d love to read Kite Runner!

  16. Hi there, loving your blog! I would love to read We Need to Talk About Kevin. I heard the movie was great, but with two little ones, my nights at the movies are very few and far between!

    Have a great 2012. Look forward to continuing to read your blog.

    (living in Sydney, Aust) xxxxx

  17. I would like to win The Kite Runner! I have been reading a lot in 2011 (not sure how many books though), and aiming at reading even more in 2012!

  18. 40 books! What an achievement! Would love to read the book thief!

  19. I’ve read (and loved) 3 out of the 4 options, so I guess I’m going to have to go with The Kite Runner! (:

  20. Being a bookworm, I really liked this post. I’d be interested in “We need to talk about Kevin”.

  21. Hi i would like to enter & win we need to talk about kevin, thanks!

  22. I can’t believe you got to 49 books that’s hell impressive! I’d love to get anywhere near there…
    So I looked through your recommendations and I am smitten with the book thief. If there is a book about concentration camps, I gotta have it. Morbid obsession or past life, I dont know but they just fascinate me. So if I don’t win I’ll be putting this top of my list! Please pretty please?!?
    As you know I just bought we need to talk about Kevin…

  23. Oops that was supposed to say 40… Haha

  24. Hey! I would love to win We Need To Talk About Kevin because my book club is reading it this month. πŸ™‚

    (I loved The Book Thief too. I cried. And I never cry. πŸ™‚ )

  25. I’d love to win the book thief by markus zusak
    Laurensianatasha (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. Jessie on January 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm said:

    I’m trying the 50 Book Challenge myself this year. I’d love We Need to Talk About Kevin, because it’s the only one I haven’t read!

  27. I would love to enter for We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. I do think I have to read it before I see the movie πŸ™‚

  28. Man, there are so many books here that I’ve been meaning to read! I was in such a reading funk last year, and it seems to be carrying over into this year πŸ™

  29. The Kite Runner please. I’ve read Cloud Street (which I loved) and The Book Thief (which I loved more – this book was just amazing – if you get a chance I would recommend you read Markus Zusak’s other book – I Am The Messenger – completely different but amazing – Markus Zusak is such a brilliant story-teller). Thank you!!!

  30. I haven’t read anything by Tim Winton since I finished high school! Now that I’m making an effort to go through my extensive bookshelf and review them I’d love to have another Tim Winton novel I can read without being faced with teenage memories! I would love Cloud Street please.

  31. Wow wow wow, so many amazing books! I think I’d love to read ‘The Kite Runner’ the most, just because it’s been recommended by all most friends!

  32. Silvya on January 30, 2012 at 7:15 am said:

    Wow! all the book you’ve read are really great, I love a lot of the books and there is some on there I am interested in reading. I think the Book Thief would be my choice. I’ve read some of the others and I really enjoyed them. I’m very interested in the Book Thief, I hear its amazing.

  33. I would love to win Th Book Thief – I have heard really good things about it from my sister who is an English teacher and you have to trust that. I don’t think I could go through reading The Kite Runner again – I must have dehydrated myself crying over the few days I read it.
    I see Cell by Stephen King was on your list too – if you were anything like me when reading it I was a bit wary of answering my phone – I stuck to texts for a while haha
    Gems x

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