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Armchair BEA: Day 2 “Best of 2011”

Today is Day 2 of Armchair BEA and I’m kinda excited abut this one! The topic of today is “Best of 2011” as well as giveaways galore! Be sure to check out the Armchair BEA blog today for all the cool giveaways!

My giveaway is listed below. Please follow the directions to enter below!

Best of 2011

Picking a “best” book is not an easy task for me. As I stated in yesterday’s intro post I don’t usually accept or read books that I don’t expect to like. However, today’s pick isn’t hard for me for several reasons.

1. Dystopian elements

2. Strong female protagonist

3. Awesome technology

4. World building

5. Romance

6. Unexpected twists and turns

7. Emotion – when a book makes me cry, OMG Love.

8. Debut Author – seriously?! I want more books!

What book could possibly have all of these? A book I recently read but have not sat down to review. A book that will be released in August and is truly worth pre-ordering RIGHT NOW!

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan352 pages, Candlewick, (2011-08-09) 

$9.99 (

However, I love this book so much I’m going to pre-order it for one lucky winner and this giveaway is International if you live in one of the countries listed on this list that The Book Depository ships to.

Summary (Goodreads)

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose – hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire – is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes – or be left without any future at all.

Anna Sheehan says of A Long, Long Sleep, her first novel, “I always thought the interesting thing about Sleeping Beauty wasn’t why she was put to sleep, but what she had to come to terms with afterward. Everything would have changed radically—technology and politics as well as social structure. She would have seemed like a foreigner in her own country.”Anna Sheehan lives in rural Oregon. (Candlewick Catalog)



To enter this giveaway there are TWO PARTS (both must be done to qualify!):

Part 1 – Leave a comment letting me know your “Best of 2011” and why or link me to your review or your Armchair BEA “Best of 2011” you posted today. Please note: Comments are moderated if you haven’t commented and been previously approved. Be patient!

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  • If shipping info is not supplied in the form, selected winner must respond to my email within 3 days or a new winner will be selected.
  • Giveaway has ended!

    Congrats to Alyce for her win!

    I can’t wait to see all of your “Best of 2011”!

    P.S. – Today is the last day to enter my other giveaway of Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky. Enter here.


    Wife, mother of a nearly 7 year old daughter named Madison and new baby boy Riley. Avid reader on my Amazon Kindle. World of Warcraft and CS:S gamer.

    79 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Day 2 “Best of 2011”

    1. Thanks for the giveaway! A Long, Long Sleep looks like my type of book.

      My favorite reads this year are Across the Universe, Memento Nora, and An Atlas of Impossible Longing. The first two are great dystopias that have societal messages as well, while An Atlas has a magical quality to its writing and tells a great story.

      1. I’m in agreement with you on Across the Universe, while not a favorite of mine I really enjoyed it’s elements and I’m looking forward to the next installment. You’ll love A Long, Long Sleep if you’re a fan of ATU!

      1. Bonnie, I’m so happy to hear the love for this book too! 🙂 I really hope it’s not over looked because it was fantastic!

        I too just LOVED Delirium! Although I think I loved Matched a tiny bit more but they were both great!

    2. Mine are:
      Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
      Forbidden by Tabatha Suzuma
      The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
      Enclave by Ann Aguirre

      1. Nice list! I’ve only read the first book of Carrie’s series and enjoyed it but I’m very hesitant to pick up the rest of the series. 🙁 I’m not keen on the zombies quite yet!

        I have a review copy of Enclave I hope to get to very soon!

    3. I forgot why 🙂
      Madame Tussaud was written so well. The historical information is phenomenal.
      Forbidden is so emotionally raw….it’s a must for everyone, even if the topic is taboo.
      Dark and Hollow Places….if you look at my email you’ll know why. I adore Carrie Ryan. And this was an excellent conclusion.
      Enclave….just the tip of the iceberg for me. I’ve become addicted to this series and can’t wait for more.

    4. My favorite has a similar theme (although different in many ways I’m sure). I liked Across the Universe by Beth Revis – the girl in the book is frozen for the space voyage and is woken early. I love that kind of “person out of time” story.

      1. Anna and the French Kiss was an AMAZING contemporary book Penelope! I usually don’t read that sort of thing but it sucked me in until I flipped the last page. Thanks for the comment!

    5. This looks soooooo good. I love Dysatopian type books. That is why I am going to say my Best of 2011 is Enclave (Razorland, #1)by Ann Aguirre. LOVED IT!!

      1. Thanks for stopping by Anna! I’m amazed to find that you barely have an online presence and would love to maybe have you do a guest post near your release date. How’s that sound? Maybe Candlewick will support it and provide a giveaway copy? Feel free to email me directly at or maybe I’ll shoot you an email later (super busy, today’s my hubby’s birthday and I should be baking his cake right now). 🙂

        1. The e-mail link above didn’t work, but I’d be much pleased. Yes — my name is Anna, and I’m a techno-phobe… well, not really. I am working on a website. One of these days, honest.

    6. Thanks for the giveaway! I think the best book I have read in 2011 was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It has all the makings of a great story + a swoon-worthy romance. And my favorite book published so far in 2011 is probably Starcrossed, which I adore. I love the elements of Greek mythology and the romance. Plus it has a lot of great secondary characters. 🙂

    7. I haven’t heard much about A Long, Long Sleep yet but it sounds like such a different kind of fairytale retelling! I’m seconding the Enclave love (I actually wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, but I really got sucked into the story and the protagonist Deuce was a great heroine) and here are a few more on my list:

      Thanks very much for the giveaway!

    8. My best of 2011 is Divergent by Veronica Roth because it’s poignant, romantic, action-packed and dystopian, along with being beautifully written! And after I read it, all I wanted to do was read it again.

    9. My best of 2011 is Divergent. The main character has real flaws, but she always tries her hardest. The book has real depth and meaning.

    10. Some of my favorite reads released this year are Divergent and Enclave. Yes! I loooove dystopian books. Between Shades of Gray and Delirium are awesome too.

      1. Thanks Deavelle! I have copies of Divergent, Enclave and Shades of Gray but haven’t gotten to them yet! Sad, I know! I too loved Delirium. That would probably be one of my other picks and don’t forget Matched by Ally Condie, that was an awesome read!

      1. Thanks for the comment ArtsyBookishGal….but why did you enjoy Wither and why wouldn’t it be your favorite read?

        I’ve read a few reviews of it, not too much though, because it’s one I want to read so I only skim the reviews. 🙂

        1. What I liked about Wither was the first-person narrative of the book through the character of Rhine, a 16 year-old girl, who seems so much older than 16 year-olds in our culture because a dystopian society has caused her to grow up much faster. Conceptually, the world that Lauren DeStefano creates is believable–we could cure all disease, but could it make an even worse disease for future generations? Plus, I liked the sister-wives and their personalities clashes (though I don’t approve of sister-wives in real life.) But my fave thing about Wither has to be the cover…spectacular. You should definitely read it.

          While I enjoyed Wither immensely, it wouldn’t be a favorite of 2011 because it didn’t leave me fully satisfied. For a book to be my favorite, it has to be really captivate me. I would say the best book I read this year was SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, but that’s not a 2011 release.

          Thank you for asking! 🙂

          *I actually wrote a spoiler-free review of WITHER here:

        2. Thanks for explaining! I’m in agreement about a book captivating you. That’s what A Long Long Sleep did for me. It wasn’t in the sense that I learned a life lesson but that I was just awed by the characters and what they overcame and that the author wrote something so well that I couldn’t or didn’t want to stop reading. I have Speak but I haven’t read it yet. I’ll have to add that to the top of my list too! 🙂

    11. I totally spaced on posting my best of 2011 today, but probably/definitely my favorite so far this year has been Sara Bennett Wealer’s contemporary YA, RIVAL. It’s just about ten types of amazing. 🙂

        1. I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I really appreciate it! You’ve got a new blog stalker here! 🙂

    12. Let’s my books I love so far in 2011 is “No Place Like Holmes” and “The Gathering”


    13. This book looks really interesting — I love the cover, it’s beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

      So far in 2011 I’ve most loved The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer. It’s so quirky and creative that I just couldn’t help being drawn into the story!

    14. I loved What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman. I really enjoy mysteries and this one had an ending that really surprised me!

    15. My favourite book 2011 is Divergent by Veronica Roth! She is a brilliant writer and her book had not a single page that didn’t capture my full attention! I also love heroine and hero, wow! Divergent just blew me away! Read it!:)

    16. My best of 2011 would have to include…Divergent, Where She Went and Delirium. I also really loved Inside Out which was released in 2010, but I just read it this year….I can’t WAIT for Crossed and The Scorpio Races…Also, SHATTER ME!!!!!

    17. The best book I read so far published in 2011 is The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, but my favourite discovery is Eyes Like Stars (which has been published in 2009, I believe)

    18. My best of 2011 would have to be Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang. It is a rich historical fiction for young adults which is mainly about the inner growth of the Great Khan Khubilai’s granddaughter, Princess Emmajin.

    19. I agree that one of the elements that I could say are in the “Best of 2011” is the emergence of the dystopian genre. Apart from that, I really like the book Sean Griswold’s Head. I would have said Divergent by Veronica Roth, but I haven’t fully read it yet; I’ve only seen the preview.

      1. I want to read Sean Griswold’s Head so I’m glad to hear it’s good! Lots of people are loving Divergent so I will be making an effort to make that my next read! Thanks for commenting.

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