Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Armchair BEA Day #2: Best of and Giveaway #2 (international)

Welcome to Day #2 of Armchair BEA and I am already having a blast.  I loved all the comments yesterday and getting to know all of you a little bit.  I also enjoyed the blogs I visited and plan on visiting more today - so many great blogs that I did not know about. 

Day #2 is about Giveaways and Best of 2011.  First let's talk about some of my favorite books in 2011, this was very hard to narrow down, I have read 72 books so far this year, but I made myself do the best 9 books I have read this year (not necessarily published this year):
  • Night Road by Kristin Hannah - general fiction
  • Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd (one of my husband's favorites as well) - literary suspense
  • Fatal Judgment by Irene Hannon - romantic suspense
  • Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan - nonfiction
  • These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf - suspense, general fiction
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys  - young adult, historical
  • Love You More by Lisa Gardner - suspense
  • Exposure by Therese Fowler - general fiction
  • Secret Daughter by Shilipi Somaya Gowda - general fiction, foreign locale
So my giveaway is simple and open internationally (if you live where the Book Depository ships).  To enter comment and tell me your favorite book you have read this year.  The winner will receive the book of their choice $15 or less value from the Book Depository!  Giveaway ends 5/30/11.

Check out this link for other giveaways.
Check out this link for other Best of posts.


mbreakfield said...

So far, the best book has been KISS OF SNOW by Singh.

Donna said...

I absolutely loved Ted Dekker's The Priest Graveyard.


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Erin said...

My favorite so far is The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer. Thanks for the giveaway!
erinreadsblog {at} gmail {dot} com

leeswammes said...

I have really enjoyed The White Devil by Justin Evans, a ghost story, that came out in April.

Thanks for the giveaway! (Do check out mine, too, it #19 on the BEA list).

jh303015 gmail.com

leeswammes said...

I have really enjoyed The White Devil by Justin Evans, a ghost story, that came out in April.

Thanks for the giveaway! (Do check out mine, too, it #19 on the BEA list).

jh303015 gmail.com

Nina B. said...

For my favorite book released this year (2011) that would be These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf. It's just so riveting and emotional, and each character had their own stories that came full circle in the end. It was an exciting read.

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


fredamans said...

My favorite book so far this year is Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens


Coreena McBurnie said...

So hard to choose a favorite book, probably Graceling by Kristin Cashmore.
coreenamcburnie at gmail dot com

MiaandSofia said...

My favourite book atm has to be Anna and the French Kiss! I just totally love it <3 ...thanks for the giveaway!


Trisha said...

Choosing just one is sooo difficult, but one of my favorite reads of the year is Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruis Zafon. So well written and atmospheric!

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Bethie said...

My fav book so far this year is an old one that I just got around to reading. Its Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

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debbie said...

My favorite book so far is the undertakers. I really enjoyed it.

artnmakeuplover said...

My favorite book right now is Poor Little B**** Girl by Jackie Collins.


LRAtRandom said...

Well it's technically two books but I really enjoyed Molly Harper's Naked Werewolf series.


Marjorie said...

My favourite read this year has been Lisa See's Shanghai Girls.

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Phanee said...

My favourite book this year would have to be The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Oh my, the twists! Thanks for the giveaway!


Karla said...

Until this moment, the best book I have read this year is 'Mystique', by Amanda Quick (but it's not exactly new).

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

Shelsie17 said...

My favorite book this year so far is the Duke and I by Julia Quinn.

Shelsie17 said...

Shelsie 17 adding her email address...mlov582@aol.com..sorry for the mixup!

PoCoKat said...

The best book I've read so far this year is Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

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Esme said...

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

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melissa @ 1lbr said...

That's a tough decision, but I think for best I've read, I'll say Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Fantastic! Thanks.


West Virginia Red said...

The Magicians by Grossman. Not sure anything will top it this year. wvredreads at gmail dot com.

Amanda W said...

The Handmaid's Tale.
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Lori L said...

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (nonficiton) and The Friends of Meager Fortune by David Adams Richards (fiction) are both going to make my top 10 list for 2011.

Alyce said...

I liked Little Princes too. Choosing a best read is so hard though. I really liked Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

akreese (at) hotmail (Dot) com

Teresa said...

You've got a couple on your list that I need to check out. I've been on a bit of a women's fiction kick this year so three of my favorites are from that genre.

Penelope Lolohea said...

I actually have two:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

I loved them both!

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Sarah Reads Too Much said...

The year isn't even half over, and I still have trouble picking my favorite book so far! I guess I would have to say Stay by Deb Caletti... that one really got to me.

Sarah Reads Too Much
sarahesullivan at gmail dot com

Vivien said...

My favorite so far is Forbidden by Tabatha Suzuma. So raw....just ridiculously emotional on so many levels.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

SpadesHigh said...

My favorite book so far has been Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman and The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver... Theyre both action packed, fast paced, and kick-butt girl heroine! Totally awesome reads!!

Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for participating in ArmchairBEA!! Nice to meet you!!

SpadesHigh @ http://SpadesHighReads.blogspot.com
TValeros18 @ gmail [dot] com

Pisinat said...

My favorite book so far is Unearthly. It was a soooo cute read, I'm in love with Tucker, and I can't wait to read the sequel, even though I'm a little afraid of what I'll find in it ^^


Carrie Rundhaug said...

So far the best book I have read this year is The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan!!

Thanks for the great giveaway!!


nouna14 said...

The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. Loved it!

LindsayWrites said...

my fav was delirium!!

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Word Lily said...

I really loved THE MAPPING OF LOVE AND DEATH by Jacqueline Winspear.

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

My favourites so far this year have been 'Jellicoe Road' by Melina Marchetta and 'Divergent' by Veronica Roth.

Thanks for the giveaway! =)


AubreyLaine said...

Fave book so far this year: The Memory Palace.
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Valia Lind said...

I've read so many good books lately I dont know what to pick. I think I'll go with Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz!


Kreag the Book Loving Writer said...

So far this year, my favorite read was Possess by Gretchen McNeil. It was amazing.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Erinberry said...

Favorite book I've read this year is Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. Thanks for the giveaway!

erinberry12 at charter dot net

The Lovely Getaway said...

Best book so far for me is Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. AMAZING! you must read it if you havent already.... Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway :) i'm an old follower, please enter me!


Icedream said...

So far this year my favorite read was Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning. Not positive it was the end of the series but if it was she wrapped it up perfectly, the last book was as good as the first. That is usually not the case.
Thanks for the chance.
waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

My favorite book this year was Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini! So good. Thanks for the giveaway :)


Chelsea B. said...

Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise. It was fabulously romantic!

Giada M said...

My favorite book I've read this year is Jane by April Lindner.
Thank you so much for making this giveaway international! :D

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Library Lady said...

My favorite book so far has been Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning.
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cheryl c said...

Oh, it is so hard to choose my favorite book. The first ones that came to mind were the 3 books in Maya Banks' KGI series.

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throuthehaze said...

One of my favorites so far has been Wildefire by Karsten Knight
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Carol M said...

I really enjoyed What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Nise' said...

It is so hard to pick just one. The most recent favorite would have to be Russian Winter.

Tiffany Drew said...

I have read so many different genres this year it is so hard to choose one book from them all since they are all so different. But, I think I will go with Delirium, I really loved it!


elaing8 said...

So far the best book I read this year would be Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I think Pale Demon was my favorite so far!

lsiasworldofbooks@ charter.net

Alexa said...

I would have to say one of my favorites this year has been Nightshade.
Thanks for the awesome giveaway

Katie said...

My favorite book so far has been "47 Echo" by Shawn Kupfer.

bigferret at email dot com

Ricki said...

I just finished Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar and absolutely loved it!

Chachic said...

My favorites so far are What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta and Song of the Sparrow Lisa Ann Sandell. :) Thanks for having an international giveaway from the Book Depository!

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

It's not a 2011 release, but my favorite book so far this year is The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner. An excellent historical novel.

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Marce said...

Night Road is on my list also. Come over and see my list and giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.


My post is here with giveaway.


jeanette8042 said...

The best book I've so far read this year is Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston.


J.L. Campbell said...

My favourite so far is Red Chrysanthemum. Ms. Rowland is a great writer.
jmwordsmith at gmail dot com

ham1299 said...

So far this year, I'd pick Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini


Birdie said...

Favorite book that I've read for the first time this year (I end up re-reading a lot for teaching purposes) is Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop...I laughed and I cried.

Thanks for hosting a giveaway!


Maidenveil said...

Wow. If I could pick one, I'd say Divergent. Just wow.

-Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

Gwendolyn B. said...

I just finished THE SOLDIER'S WIFE by Margaret Leroy and I completely loved it. And so many good suggestions in the previous comments to check out! And thanks for the giveaway.

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Amy (ArtsyBookishGal) said...

So far, the best books I've read is Wither by Lauren DeStefano.

Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

Miss Lauren said...

My fave so far has been Between Shades of Gray.


Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Oh it is so hard to narrow it down to one. I'm going to say Exposure by Therese Fowler. Not only did I enjoy the book but it surprised me and made me think.


Kaity said...

The best book I've read so far has been Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder.


Llehn said...

Wither - Lauren DeStefano.


marian said...

so far the best book has been where she went by gayle forman


xxsquigglesxx said...

My favorite book I've read so far this year is Hourglass by Myra McEntire.


florentine said...

My favorite so far is DIVERGENT!!!
thanks for Giveaway and making it internationally

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Gabbie said...

My favourite book I've read this year is Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

ThatGirl-xox said...

Paranormalcy by Kriesten Stewart :)

Lilly said...

Anna and the French Kiss. It's such a nice and fun read.
Thanks a lot for the chance.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Mel said...

My favourite has been Rot & Ruin - Jonathan Maberry...have defnitely picked up a habit for zombie books in the last year or so...braiiinnnssss....


Jessy said...

My favorite book this year would have to be Unearthly.

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lgm52 said...

I loved The Winter Garden by
Kristin Hannah...

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

My favorite book this year has been Divergent by Veronica Roth. I loved it!!

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Page (One Book At A Time) said...

I really liked Night Road (would probably be in my top 10 right now). My favorites so far were Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey(come out in December) and River Marked by Patricia Briggs.


buddyt said...

My favorite book so far this year was ShadowFever by Karen Marie Morning

Thanks for thge giveaway.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Jenn said...

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Jenn (at) girlsjustreading (dot) com

Maria said...

I loved The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

bookworm1494 said...

My favorite is Across The Universe by Beth Revis


krysykat said...

My favorite book so far is No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe.


unfinishedperson.com said...

The best book I've read this year was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

E-mail: unfinishedperson (at) gmail (dot) com.

linda2060 said...

I loved Exposure by Therese Fowler. It's like an underdog, but it was a great read!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

So far "The Girl in the Steel Corset"

I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


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mendy said...

I'll have to choose Hex Hall. Its laugh out loud funny!


Joanna said...

I have to say that the best book I read this year was actually written many years ago. It was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I absolutely loved it, all 800+ pages. All her books are that long, and that makes me intimidated to continue the series. But I so want to, and I plan to one day. I highly recommend it to anyone.


Cheryl F. said...

There are so many, but one of my favorite reads this year is She's Gone Country by Jane Porter :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

Debbie Rodgers said...

My favourite book so far this year has been A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

Chloe Booklover said...

So many! But I adored Between Shades of Gray, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Graceling, and Anna And The French Kiss - long list! Sorry :O


Tara said...

My favorite book so far this year was Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder!

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Kailia Sage said...

The Near Witch was sooo good! It's coming out later this year!

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ikkinlala said...

I have trouble remembering what I read when, but one of the ones I enjoyed most was Complications by Atul Gawande.

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Gemma said...

Too many! One of them is definitely Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I usually don't enjoy Historical Fiction but after reading CA, I must rethink this!

Thanks for this giveaway!

Dinda_SI said...

My favorite book so far this year is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.


Danah said...

Divergent is definitely my most favorite this year! My 2nd and 3rd would be Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and Wither by Lauren DeStefano.

If i won, I'd prolly pick Between Shades of Gray. Thanks for the giveaway!


Aline Tobing said...

Thanks for this giveaway and especially for making it international :)

My favorite book which I read in 2011 is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.


Aik said...

My favourite so far is Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang.

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vanillaprinzess said...

My favourite book I read so far is EYES LIKE STARS by Lisa Mantchev.

Scoot said...

My favorite book this year has been Divergent!


tearyeyedstars said...

My most favourite book that I read this year is Crank by Ellen Hopkins (:
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Anonymous said...

Favorite book this year: Anna and the french kiss. Amazing book.

Ana Lucía

aloveforbooks said...

So far the best book I've read is Sean Griswold's Head.

Thanks for the international giveaway!

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Adriana said...

So far my favorite book of this year is Where she went by Gayle Forman.


theonewhoreads said...

The best book that I've read is The City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


Rad Hall said...

That'd be Terry Pratchett's I Shall Wear Midnight.
Thanks for the giveaway :)
GFC - Rad Hall

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Michelle said...

So far, my fav. has been "The Help". Thanks for the chance to win!
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Badass Bookie said...

My favourite book this is year so far would be Die for Me by Amy Plum


Miss Page-Turner said...

My favourite book? That's easy, Divergent by Veronica Roth was the best novel I've read so far this year!!!


Breanne said...

Pandora Gets Jealous and the rest of the series

Spav said...

My favourite read of this year has been The Bosy Finder by Kimberly Derting.


Megan @Reading Away The Days said...

My favourite read has been A discovery of witches by Debroah Harkness


Stella (Ex Libris) said...

One of my favourite reads this year was Carnal Secrets by Nadia Lee, foudn a new favourite author! :-D

Thank you for the great giveaway! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

latishajean said...

What a great giveaway thank you so much! My favorites are City of Fallen Angels and Last Sacrifice.
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mariska said...

My favorite so far She's Gone Country by Jane Porter :)

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janhvi said...

thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
i have read soo many fabulous books this year that its hard to decide one!but if i have to choose it would be the darkest secret by gena showalter.

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Meredith said...

I also enjoyed Little Princes!

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IdentitySeeker said...

The best book I have read this year would have to be Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler..



Shirley said...

My favourite book this year is Secret Daughter!


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