Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Top 11 Non-YA Books of 2011

So the title of this post sounds a little weird. NON-YA Books sounds better to me than ADULT BOOKS though. That makes it sound like an adult bookstore or something. I actually read a pretty wide variety of adult fiction and non-fiction. These are my top "adult" errr...grown-up titles of 2011.

1. Mule - Tony D'Souza
I absolutely LOVED this book and was totally blown away by how awesome it was. I didn't expect it to be as fast-paced as it was. I basically read the whole thing in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I could so see this being made into a movie someday. So yeah, definitely my fave this year.

2. The Mistress's Revenge - Tamar Cohen
Another awesome book that I couldn't put down. Yeah, the main character seemed kinda psychotic but this "relationship thriller" blew my mind. The twist at the end WHHHHAAAA???? So crazy and so awesome. As soon as I finished this one I texted my best friend and made her read it right away! She loved it too!

3. In Office Hours - Lucy Kellaway 
I was expecting a really chick lit-ish type of book when I read this. It was sooooooo much more. This is another one I read in one sitting and texted my bestie right away to read it asap. The realistic relationship were just heart-wrenching. Totally awesome read. 

4. Dirty Secret - Jessie Sholl
I read this one on vacation. I had it sitting on my shelf for awhile and was super excited to get the chance to read it. I'm kinda obssessed with the show Hoarders and any Hoarding novels/ memoirs I come across go right on my TBR list. This book did not disappoint. It made me feel itchy and I felt completely immersed in the author's world. This must have been a really difficult book to write since it's basically a memoir about her relationship with her mother and her mother's hoarding issues.

5. The Things That Keep Us Here - Carla Buckley
Another one I got to read one vacation. I've only seen this book mentioned on one other blog, but I'm sooooo happy I picked it up. It's dystopian with a twist of women's fiction in there. I absolutely ADORED this book. It's really really sad though and incredibly realistic. 

6. Men, Women & Children - Chad Kultgen
Although this wasn't my favorite of his books (Hello, THE LIE) I still really enjoyed this book. It's pretty crass and disgusting and makes no apologies for the blatant sexuality throughout. But, his voice is so unique, I'm completely enthralled by everything he writes. I bought the ebook of this AND the hard copy that's how much I enjoy his books.

7. Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man - Bill Clegg
Completely unexpected. Best drug addiction memoir I've read in awhile. 

8. A Stolen Life - Jaycee Lee Dugard
Read this one in just a few hours. After I closed it, I felt slightly let down. Still, this one has stuck with me throughout the year. I like my memoirs a bit more gritty, but the story she has to tell is just so interesting I'd definitely suggest this book to most people.

9. Confetti Confidential (#3) - Holly McQueen
How have I never read her books before? These books totally reminded me of the Shopaholic books.I fell in love with the main character, Isabelle Bookbinder. She sort of reminded me of my beloved Becky Bloomwood. With all the dystopian reading I did this year I needed a FUN book and this definitely did the trick. 

10. The Infection - Craig DiLouie
I don't know where or how I found this book, but I'm so glad I did. Crazy Action-Packed Zombie Novel with original twists that totally blew my mind. This one has MOVIE written all over it. This is more of a "boy" book, but I'm a girly-girl and I really enjoyed it too. 

11. Not Dead and Not For Sale - Scott Weiland & David Ritz
Touching Memoir from the singer of Stone Temple Pilots & Velvet Revolver. Made me cry. Beautifully written.

What do you think of my Top 11 Non-YA Picks? 
Agree? Disagree? I would love to hear what you guys think!  

*Some of these books were given to me for review and some were acquired on my own. This obviously doesn't affect my opinion of the book. 

1 comment:

  1. I get how you feel with labeling books as "adults"! That made me laugh, haha.

    Great list, though. I haven't ready ANY of these which makes me sad. Well, I gotta get started somewhere, right?

    Thanks for stopping by!