Just a brief note about this one - I started my blog in January 2012, so these are all going to be books I read in 2011 or earlier. Take a look at my list and tell me what you think!
4. Vampire Academy series, by Richelle Mead - The Twilight series caused me to break my self-imposed vampire moratorium. But, after it was over, I was left feeling a little bereft. I wanted more fangs! I knew I loved Harry Potter, which takes place in a school, so Vampire Academy sounded like the best of both worlds. I had no idea at the time that not only would I love this series so much more than the Twilight series, but that the VA series would become one of my most beloved series of all time.
6. River of Time series, by Lisa Tawn Bergren - Waterfall was the first book I ever read on my Kindle in the summer of 2011. What an INCREDIBLE book. It was a time travel book, and I knew I loved Outlander, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. Lisa Bergren's characters and the medieval Italian setting were absolutely enthralling, and I continued on with the series, buying up every full-length book and novella she wrote. I was ecstatic to learn that Lisa will be writing one more full-length book in the series, so we will get more Gabi, Marcello, Luca and Lia to swoon over. Yay!
8. The Underland Chronicles series, by Suzanne Collins - This is the lesser-known earlier series written by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins. It's more of a middle-grade series, but that didn't affect my enjoyment of it. This is an incredible series with characters and a setting that are so... alive. It's one I will definitely pass on to my kids when they get a bit older, and one I'm sure they will love as much as I did.
10. Any Nancy Drew book, by Carolyn Keene - This was the series that started it all. When I was around 10 years old, I discovered a box of my mom's old books from when she was a girl. Most were Nancy Drew books, and mom said I could have them if I wanted them. Well, duh! I can remember reading a few chapters before bed every night, and being just a little scared when I finally turned out my light. It was such a fun feeling! Before I knew it, I had finished the whole box of books and created a lifetime love for the written word.