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?