SciFiChick’s Best of 2011

This was another record-breaking year for me, having read 233 books in 2011. Several were audio and graphic novels, but the vast majority were traditional, full-length novels. Of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, the below list are novels published in 2011 and early 2012.

Science Fiction:

1. Hellhole, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

2. Star Trek: Cast No Shadow, by James Swallow

3. Heaven’s Shadow, by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt

4. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

5. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Indistinguishable from Magic, by David A. McIntee

6. Deep Sky by Patrick Lee

7. Working Stiff, by Rachel Caine

8. I, Robot: To Protect, by Mickey Zucker Reichert

9. Star Trek Voyager: Children of the Storm, by Kirsten Beyer

10. Outpost, by Adam Baker


1. Hounded, by Kevin Hearne

2. Hexed, by Kevin Hearne

3. Hammered, by Kevin Hearne

4. Vamparazzi, by Laura Resnick

5. Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher

6. Dark Jenny, by Alex Bledsoe

7. Dark Descendant, by Jenna Black

8. The Skin Map, by Stephen R. Lawhead

9. Dark War, by Tim Waggoner

10. My Life as a White Trash Zombie, by Diana Rowland

YA Science Fiction:

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

2. Divergent, by Veronica Roth

3. Enclave, by Ann Aguirre

4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis

5. This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, by Kenneth Oppel

6. Variant, by Robison Wells

7. Plague, by Michael Grant

8. Cosmic Storm, by Dom Testa

9. Starfleet Academy: The Gemini Agent, by Rick Barba

10. Legend by Marie Lu

YA Fantasy:

1. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

2. Centauriad: Daughter of the Centaurs, by K. K. Ross

3. Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

4. Touch of Frost, by Jennifer Estep

5. Fateful, by Caudia Gray

6. Sweet Venom, by Tera Lynn Childs

7. Frost by Wendy Delsol

8. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

9. Steel, by Carrie Vaughn

10. The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong


Agatha H and the Airship City, by Phil & Kaja Foglio

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

The Fox Inheritance, by Mary E. Pearson

SciFi/Fantasy Movies:
1. Captain America: The First Avenger
2. Thor
3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
4. Cowboys & Aliens
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
7. Source Code
8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
9. Green Lantern
10. The Adjustment Bureau

What were some of your favorites this past year?

9 thoughts on “SciFiChick’s Best of 2011”

  1. This is an awesome list! I am listening to the audio of Ready Player One at the moment… It is pretty good so far! I hope 2012 is another wonderful reading year!

  2. Kailana – Thanks! Yeah, there are a lot of sequels I’m now looking forward to!

    Big D – Thanks! I don’t think I could narrow TV down.. and some were cancelled. :/

  3. Great list – Heaven’s Shadow has been on my watch list for a while (waiting for the paperback), and I just picked up all 3 books in the Deep Sky trilogy. Nice to see some love for the Star Trek novels, especially Kirsten Beyer stellar work on Voyager.

  4. That’s pretty much how I feel about TV too. As to the book lists, I ordered Hounded last night (your list reminded me about this trilogy which had slipped off my radar). I also have Heaven’s Shadow and The Breach but haven’t read them yet. I love Star Trek, but but have shied away from the novels in recent years. They come out so often and seem so interconnected I find them difficult to keep up with. Have you found possible to pick a few up here and there and enjoy them that way without being immersed in them?

  5. Big D – The classic series are still standalone novels and are easy to jump into, but you’re right in that TNG, Voyager and DS9 have had some major changes in their universe. But (unless you pick up a miniseries) the novels are still fairly standalone – yet things have happened (such as Janeway’s death) that may get mentioned without full explanation. I still haven’t read the whole latest Typhon Pact miniseries. I do recommend the Destiny trilogy though.

  6. Thanks. I went on Amazon to check out the Destiny books and noticed they are being released as an omnibus in March, so I pre-ordered that. I’m planning to pick-up Cast No Shadow and Indistinguishable from Magic as well. They had each caught my attention a few months back and got me thinking about Star Trek books again for the first time in a while. Children of the Storm sounds good, but I’ll need to do some catching up with Voyager first. Maybe I will check out the Academy series and the Department of Temporal Investigations as well.

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