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2011 Stand-outs

Announcing the 2011 Sonderbooks Stand-outs! After a year of reading, these are the books I read in 2011 that stand out most in my mind. I've ranked them in the order of how much I enjoyed them. It's a very subjective measure, but rest assured that these are all great books.



Traveling with Pomegranates
  1. Traveling With Pomegranates
    by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
  2. Little Princes
    by Conor Grennan
  3. Radioactive
    by Lauren Redniss
  4. Sex, Mom and God
    by Frank Schaeffer
  5. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
    by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  6. Heaven Is For Real
    by Todd Burpo

Faith and Will
  1. Faith and Will
    by Julia Cameron
  2. The Gifts of Imperfection
    by Brene Brown
  3. Naked Spirituality
    by Brian McLaren
  4. Love Wins
    by Rob Bell
  5. Mathematics 1001
    by Dr. Richard Elwes

You Can Count on Monsters
  1. You Can Count on Monsters
    by Richard Evan Schwartz
  2. Me. . . Jane
    by Patrick McDonnell
  3. Queen of the Falls
    by Chris Van Allsburg
  4. Drawing From Memory
    by Allen Say
  5. Amelia Lost
    by Candace Fleming
  6. All the Way To America
    by Dan Yaccarino
  7. Sugar Changed the World
    by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Daughter of the Forest
  1. Daughter of the Forest
    by Juliet Marillier
  2. The Name of the Wind
    by Patrick Rothfuss
  3. Son of the Shadows
    by Juliet Marillier
  4. The Snow Queen
    by Mercedes Lackey
  5. Child of the Prophecy
    by Juliet Marillier
  6. The Wise Man's Fear
    by Patrick Rothfuss


State of Wonder
  1. State of Wonder
    by Ann Patchett
  2. Minding Frankie
    by Maeve Binchy
  3. The Pericles Commission
    by Gary Corby
  4. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
    by Alan Bradley
  5. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
    by Alexander McCall Smith

Tuesdays at the Castle
  1. Tuesdays at the Castle
    by Jessica Day George
  2. Okay for Now
    by Gary D. Schmidt
  3. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
    by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  4. Kat, Incorrigible
    by Stephanie Burgis
  5. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
    illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
  6. Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run
    by Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger
  7. Clementine and the Family Meeting
    by Sara Pennypacker

Stars
  1. Stars
    by Mary Lyn Ray
    illustrated by Marla Frazee
  2. Stuck
    by Oliver Jeffers
  3. Mitchell's License
    by Hallie Durand
    illustrated by Tony Facile
  4. I Want My Hat Back
    by Jon Klassen
  5. Chalk
    by Bill Thomson
  6. The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred
    by Samantha R. Vamos
    illustrated by Rafael Lopez
  7. A Ball for Daisy
    by Chris Raschka
  8. The Sniffles for Bear
    by Bonny Becker
    illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

The Scorpio Races
  1. The Scorpio Races
    by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
    by Laini Taylor
  3. Chime
    by Franny Billingsley
  4. Red Glove
    by Holly Black
  5. The Trouble With Kings
    by Sherwood Smith
  6. The Ring of Solomon
    by Jonathan Stroud
  7. The Order of Odd-Fish
    by James Kennedy


Revolution
  1. Revolution
    by Jennifer Donnelly
  2. Ship Breaker
    by Paolo Bacigalupi
  3. Page by Paige
    by Laura Lee Gulledge
  4. Beauty Queens
    by Libba Bray
  5. Lost and Found
    by Shaun Tan


  1. Enchantress from the Stars
    by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
  2. A Conspiracy of Kings
    by Megan Whalen Turner
    narrated by Jeff Woodman
  3. Okay for Now
    by Gary D. Schmidt
    read by Lincoln Hoppe
  4. White Cat
    by Holly Black
    read by Jesse Eisenberg