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Best of 2011: Top 10 Movie Books


All week long, Shelf Life is listing EW’s favorite books of 2011 — sorted into separate categories by genre. Click through the gallery to see our picks for the best movie-related books of the year, starting with one by Diane Keaton.

Then Again, Diane Keaton: From the EW review: “‘Growing up in sunshiny 1950s Los Angeles with a younger brother and two younger sisters, little Diane Hall — called ”Di-annie” by her businessman dad — knew she wanted her own spotlight, ever since she watched her mother get crowned Mrs. Los Angeles by Art Linkletter in 1955.”

Best of 2011: Top 10 Music Books


All week long, Shelf Life is listing EW’s favorite books of 2011 — sorted into separate categories by genre. Click through the gallery to see our picks for the best music books of the year, starting Steven Tyler’s memoir.

Does The Noise in My Head Bother You?, Steven Tyler: From the EW review: “This book concludes with Tyler securing the Idol gig last year, but the singer recalls how, less than 12 months before, he accidentally ruptured a package of his cocaine in the New York apartment of his (absent) daughter Liv. Drug addicts of a waste-not-want-not disposition — which is to say, all drug addicts — will be glad to know that Tyler ‘snorted it all up, off the counters and everywhere, and got a nice f—ing rail out of it.'”

Best of 2011: Top Memoirs and Biographies


All week long, Shelf Life will be listing EW’s favorite books of 2011 — sorted into separate categories by genre. Click through the gallery to see our picks for the best memoirs and biographies of the year, starting, of course, with the lovely Tina Fey.

Tina Fey, Bossypants

From the EW review: “In this genially jumbled memoir-esque collection of riffs, essays, laundry lists, true stories, fantasy scenarios, SNL script excerpts, and embarrassing photos from the wilderness years before she received the gift of a flattering haircut, the great Miz Fey puts on the literary equivalent of a satisfying night of sketch comedy.”

Best of 2011: EW's 10 favorite novels of the year


Whether long (1Q84‘s 932 pages) or short (The Sense of an Ending‘s 163), first-time novel (as a whopping four of these are) or new book by an old pro, depressing meditation on death or pop-culture sci-fi candy, these are the 10 novels that thrilled me the most this year — keeping me up late into the night, challenging the battery of my Kindle and the patience of my wife. Check out the list below, then pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands today) to find out why I chose these as my favorites. READ FULL STORY

Film rights for 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone' acquired by Universal Pictures -- EXCLUSIVE


Will Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor become the next huge books-to-movies franchise? It took a huge step toward that rarefied status today when Universal Pictures announced that it has acquired worldwide rights to the young adult fantasy novel, EW has learned exclusively.

Taylor’s thrilling, fresh novel — the first in a trilogy — centers on a young blue-haired girl named Karou who encounters unusual creatures and dangerous angels as she travels the world to carry out mysterious errands. EW’s Sara Vilkomerson wrote, “This smartly plotted, surprising, and fiercely compelling read will hook you from its opening pages. … Seriously, cancel all plans once you begin; you won’t want to put it down.” Daughter has made several major year-end lists: It was the sole young adult title in Amazon’s top 10 best books of 2011, and the New York Times named it one of five notable young adult books of the year. READ FULL STORY

Goodreads users select the best books of 2011

Goodreads, a social network of sorts for readers, has announced its best books of the year according to a poll opened up to more than 6.5 million users. More than pretty much any other literary award, the Goodreads Choice Awards could be considered the People’s Choice Awards of books, since it’s a list decided by user recommendations and votes rather than critical reviews. Think of the books below as strong recommendations from a whole lot of your reader friends: READ FULL STORY

'New York Times' names 10 best books of 2011: Stephen King makes the cut


Last week, the New York Times named its 100 finalists for best books of the year, and now that they’ve whittled their picks down to the 10 best, there are a few surprises. Stephen King’s commercial time-travel novel, 11/22/63, made the list, and Jeffrey Eugenides’ much-anticipated, generally well received yet somewhat polarizing novel The Marriage Plot was edged out. Karen Russell’s zany Swamplandia! is a quirky but not at all unusual choice, and of course, year-end lists always celebrate the new and the splashy, so expect Chad Harbach and 26-year-old Téa Obreht’s heralded debuts to continue racking up the “Best Of” honors.

There are fewer oddballs in the nonfiction category. Malcolm X by the late Manning Marable was arguably the favorite to win the National Book Award for Nonfiction this year — that honor went to Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve, which doesn’t appear in this top 10. See the full list below, in alphabetical order: READ FULL STORY

What were your favorite novels of 2011? Let's discuss


It’s late November, and already those best-of-the-year lists are starting to trickle out. Amazon chose Chad Harbach’s much-hyped debut, The Art of Fielding, as their No. 1 novel. Others have picked Jeffrey Eugenides’ long-awaited The Marriage Plot or included worthy contenders like Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Teju Cole’s Open City in a big unranked list (what a cop-out!). And yes, I’m planning to add to the cacophony with a list of my own, which I’m working on right now (look for it in the issue of EW that’s on newsstands Dec. 16). But before we’re all overwhelmed by a gush of often-conflicting opinions, we want to know what you thought were the best novels of 2011. Did you fall hard for Ann Patchett’s South American adventure yarn State of Wonder? Geek out to Ernest Cline’s page-turning nerd-fest Ready Player One? Marvel over accomplished debuts from Tea Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife) and Karen Russell (Swamplandia!)? Think The Art of Fielding was totally overrated? Below, let us know what you read and loved (or hated) this year. And if you have a top 10 list of your own, by all means post it. Let the arguing commence!

Read more:
The ‘New York Times’ names its 100 Notable Books of 2011
Amazon chooses Top 10 Books of 2011 — ‘The Art of Fielding’ is no. 1
EW Entertainers of the Year 2011: Vote for your faves here!

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