My Picks for the Best Books of 2011

I was kindly invited by the great ladies at The Book Smugglers to take part in Smugglivus, their annual holiday blogging event. I had to narrow down a long list of great books I read in 2011 and pick the books I'm most looking forward to in the new year. 

Many of my picks are books that could only ever exist as YA novels because of their strangeness, their mishmash of genre elements, their inability to be categorized. My favorite book of the year, Chime by Franny Billingsley, was a great example of this. It really cemented for me the awesome potential of historical fantasy as a subgenre of YA. I'm convinced YA is the only corner of publishing that gives authors the freedom to blend such disparate genre elements. 

Check out the rest of my picks for the best books of 2011 here