Readers’ Choice: What’s the best book you’ve read this year?


VBC Best Books of 2011The VBC Best Books of 2011 post is in the works, and I’ll try to have it up early enough to be helpful for gift giving. (You can see last year’s best of list here.) I want to try something different this year. I’m adding a Readers’ Choice portion. There are two giveaways tied to this one, to please keep reading.

If you leave a comment on this post with your favorite books — up to three — of 2011, you will be entered to win a book of your choice from our Recommendations pages. You’ll need to leave the comment on or before Nov. 20. Following that, I will tally up all the votes and the Readers’ Choice Best Book will be announced alongside the VBC favorites — and there will be a second giveaway featuring the reader pick for best book. So, choose wisely.

A few rules about what books qualify:

  • The book should have been first published in 2011. If the paperback came out this year, but the hardcover in 2010, it doesn’t count.
  • Novel-length books only. No novellas or short stories.
  • If you read an advanced copy of a book that isn’t released until 2012. Nope. Doesn’t count either.
  • Please limit your scope to books with a paranormal or dystopian focus. Both YA and adult titles are accepted.

That’s it. Tell me what’s the best book you’ve read this year?

1. To enter, you must leave a comment on this post.
2. You do not need to follow Vampire Book Club to be entered, but we sure do like it.
3. This contest is open internationally.
4. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, Nov. 20.
5. The winner will be selected using Random.org. Then she will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to claim her prize. If we do not hear from the winner(s) within that time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Entrants must be at least 18 years old or have their parent’s permission to enter. Please review our privacy policy, if you have any questions as to how Vampire Book Club uses your information. (Short version: we’ll only use it to contact you for this contest.)
7. Though unlikely, Vampire Book Club has the right to change or cancel any giveaway at any time without prior notice.
8. Vampire Book Club is not responsible for prizes lost or damage in transit, especially as they’ll be coming via Book Depository.

114 Responses to “Readers’ Choice: What’s the best book you’ve read this year?”

  1. smiling_ina says:

    My most favorite book this year was Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”.

    I also loved Rachel Vincent’s “If I Die” and Richelle Mead’s “Succubus Revealed”. 🙂

  2. synde korman says:

    without a doubt Kevin Hearne’s Hounded, Hexed and Hammered

  3. Ellie F says:

    Amanda Steven’s The Restorer and Ilona Andrews Magic Slays are by far my favorite of 2011. Both are from great authors and great series.

  4. barbara says:

    Hard to choose just 3 but here goes…

    1) Archangel’s Blade – Nalini Singh
    2) This Side of the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
    3) Lover Unleashed – J.R. Ward

  5. Liz Semkiu says:

    Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews, Ghost Story by Jim Butcher, Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh. Too many to only pick three!

  6. Vivian M says:

    1. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
    2. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
    3. Forever by Maggie Steifvater

    I loved many other books but these are my top three 😉

  7. Chelsea B. says:

    Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks was my favorite read this year in Paranormal 🙂

  8. Rain Maiden Jen says:

    Divergent by Veronica Roth was by far my favorite this year.

  9. Jean S. says:

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was hands down my favorite this year. Just amazing! It’s technically YA, but really everyone can enjoy it. Just good storytelling at its best.

    Honorable mentions to Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill and One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire.

  10. Annette says:

    I can give my top two after that I cannot narrow down anymore I love way too many of them.
    Etched in Bone Adrian Phoenix
    Duncan D.B. Reynolds

  11. DonnaB says:

    Two books I would highly recommend from this year are DB Reynolds’ Sophia from her Vampires in America series and Blood Awakening by Tessa Dawn. Each book has me eagerly awaiting the next in the series.

  12. chiara says:

    I recently read The Night Circus de Erin Morgenstern and I also enjoyed Delivered with love by Sherry Kyle and The Demon’s Trapper Daughter by Jana Oliver.

  13. Alexa F. says:

    The best book is split between:
    1. Archangel’s Consort – Nalini Singh
    2. Archangel’s Blade – Nalini Singh

  14. NicoleE says:

    Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

  15. Aliyah says:

    Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning and Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

  16. Telisha says:

    Blood Awakening by Tessa Dawn and of course Duncan by D.B Reynolds…

  17. Mel Thomas says:

    My top three for the year are Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent, Blood Rights by Kristen Painter and Burn the Night by Jocelynn Drake.

  18. Dovile says:

    City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

  19. Sofia says:

    For me this year the best books were:
    1) Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews
    2) Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett
    3) Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

  20. DeeAnn says:

    My top three favorite books this year were:
    Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
    One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
    River Marked by Patricia Briggs

  21. Lisa Sperry says:

    The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver, Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead, and Divergent by Veronica Roth were my favorites of the year, I think 🙂

  22. Jennifer Larson says:

    One of the best books that I read this year was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harknesss.

  23. Tina says:

    I have read alot of books this year so far but my top 3 are: 1- Lover Unleashed JR Ward 2- Archangels Blade Nalini Singh 3- Dark Taste of Rapture Gena Showalter. Who knows I could read something better before the year runs out!!

  24. Viki S. says:

    There have been so many but here are my top three:

    IMMORTAL RIDER by Larissa Ione
    DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison
    and the YA IRON KNIGHT by Julie Kagawa

  25. Lisa Mendes says:

    this side of the grave – Jeaniene Frost

  26. Nicole says:

    1) Duncan – D.B. Reynolds
    2) Sophia – D.B. Reynolds
    3) Archangel’s Blade – Nalini Singh

    Again, many books read and so many are very good but I’d have to say pretty much anything by these two authors are excellent.

  27. Cate says:

    My favorite books that I read would be: Dreams Of A Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole, One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost and Magic Slay by Ilona Andrews!

  28. Na S. says:

    I have so many! I’m going with A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

  29. Gigi says:

    One thing I love about these posts is that I get to add so many books to my list. 🙂

  30. sophie says:

    My favorite were :
    Kevin Hearne’s “Hounded”
    DB Reynold’s “Sophia”
    K. Armstrong’s “SpellBound”

  31. Patricia Garrett says:

    Best book I’ve read this year has to be “Duncan.” Author: D.B. Reynolds. It’s book five of the Vampires of America series.

  32. Karen says:

    1. Shadowfever – Karen Moning
    2. Kiss of Snow – Nalini Singh
    3. Darkness Unbound – Keri Arthur

  33. Reanna says:

    1. Vampire Instinct by Joey W. Hill
    2. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
    3. Mythic by Jae Lynne Davies

  34. Annie Quinty says:

    There were many but
    Spirit Dances by C.E. Murphy
    Divergent by Veronica Roth
    were very very good!

  35. Heather says:

    Duncan by D.B.Reynolds

  36. Heather says:

    Duncan by D.B.Reynolds.

  37. Dina says:

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone: The back cover doesn’t even come close to explaining how incredible this book is. So amazingly dark and beautiful at the same time.

  38. Jantine says:

    ‘Bloodlines’ and ‘Iron Crowned’ by Richelle Mead, ‘Shadowfever’ by Karen Marie Moning and ‘Green Eyed Demon’ bye Jaye Wells 🙂

  39. Deea says:

    Shadowfever is definitely the best book I’ve read this year! Karen Marie Moning rocks! And after that… Pff, I don’t know, too many great books to chose from. But I’ll go with Pale Demon, since Kim Harrison is one of my all time favorite authors and I loved her latest installment in her Hollows series. And The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was my favorite YA book of the year. Umm… Are you sure I can only give up to three titles?:))

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  40. Zrinka says:

    For me this year the best books were:
    1. NEVERMORE by Kelly Creagh
    2. SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick
    3. LOVER UNLEASHED by J. R. Ward

  41. Chloe says:

    The best would probably be The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa, but close behind are Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling and Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep….and Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews….oh and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Guardian was really good too, actually i could go on, theres been so many good books released this year but i’m sticking with Iron Knight as my favourite 🙂

  42. Kayla B. says:

    There were a lot of great books this year! I had to sit and think about this for a minute.

    Hammered by Kevin Hearne (Yes, I like the last one best so far.)
    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Black
    A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

    I’ll probably think of something else after I submit this and be mad at myself for forgetting about it. 🙂

  43. Melliane says:

    thanks for the giveaway it’s a nice idea. here are my choices:
    – Grave dance by Kalayna Price
    – Deceived By The Others by Jess Haines
    – Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

  44. Heather says:

    Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning was by far my favorite.

  45. Karen Ullrich says:

    Let see, my first fav of 2011 would be Shadow Fever and my second Fav is Eternal Rider.

  46. Dot Salvagin says:

    Loved! DUNCAN by D.B. Reynolds
    Also HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne
    and one that is terribly overlooked, BEFORE EVERAFTER by Samantha Sotto

  47. kristi says:

    Tigers voyage by Colleen Houck

  48. Dee Feagin says:

    1. First Grave On The Right by Darynda Jones
    2. Dragon Heart by Thea Harrison
    3. Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

  49. Three? I can whittle it down to three. I think.
    1. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa – so fantastic!
    2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – creepy good!
    3. The Renfield Syndrome by J.A. Saare – OMG!

  50. Madalena says:

    Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

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