With awards season right around the corner - we've got Locus, Nebula, Hugo, Jackson, to name a few - I thought I would go ahead and list some of the books I've liked reading the most in 2011. They're weren't all published this year or even last year and I don't think any of them are nominees for any of the awards listed above except Nora Jemisin's first book, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Regardless, these are books I'll probably read again and again.
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord (Small Beer Press)
The Fixed Stars: Thirty-Seven Emblems for the Perilous Season by Brian Conn (Fiction Collective)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms/The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin (Orbit)
Babel 17/Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany (Vintage)
Light Boxes by Shane Jones (Penguin)
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
Half World by Hiromi Goto (Viking)
Most of the aforementioned books I've reviewed on this here blog, but a few, like Shane Jones's Light Boxes, I haven't had time to yet; others, like Leviathan Wakes, will have a review within the next week or so. I'm currently reading Catherynne M. Valente's Deathless and really loving it.
Though I have quite a backlog of books to get through, I've recently picked up the following and I can't wait to read them:
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine (Prime)
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (Tor)
Embassytown by China Mieville (Del Rey)
Up Against It by MJ Locke (Tor)
A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin (Bantam)
Do YOU have any favorites?