Trashionista's Top 10 Reads of 2011 - part 1

With the new year fast approaching, we asked you, our readers, to vote for your favourite book of 2011 from our longlist. There have been some wonderful books released over the past few months, from hilarious to heartwarming; from sizzling bonkbusters to festive reads. And now, the results are in! Here's part one of our Top 10 Reads shortlist...

homeforchristmas.jpg10. Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor

Cally Taylor's second novel is a festive rom-com about finding true love that, despite its Christmas release, can be enjoyed all year round. The book follows cinema worker Beth and manager Matt as they struggle with work and love problems that bring them closer together.

buildaman.jpg9. Build a Man by Talli Roland

After her successful novels The Hating Game and Watching Willow Watts, Talli self-published her latest offering, Build a Man - a hilarious, fast-paced read about wannabe tabloid reporter Serenity Holland. Working as a receptionist in a cosmetic surgery clinic, Serenity dreams of getting the story that'll make her career. And when Jeremy walks in, asking for a complete makeover package, Serenity may have found what she's been looking for...

resultsnottypical.jpg8. Results Not Typical by Catherine Ryan Howard

Super-talented Catherine, author of travel memoirs Mousetrapped, Backpacked and self-publishing bible Self-Printed, released her debut novel Results Not Typical this year. The novel is a hilarious take on the world of slimming products and organisations, written with Catherine's wonderful wit - an extremely enjoyable first novel!

lizzyharrisonlosescontrol.jpg7. Lizzy Harrison Loses Control by Pippa Wright

Lizzy Harrison Loses Control, the debut novel by Pippa Wright, was released earlier this year by Pan Macmillan and proved a fantastically funny read. Lizzy Harrison is not your typical romantic heroine; in fact, she's quite the opposite. Overly-organised Lizzy has her life planned to the very last detail...but what if something happens to change it? We loved this promising new author and Pippa's next novel, Unsuitable Men, is due for release in 2012.

agirllikeyou.jpg6. A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess

Here at Trashi we've been Gemma Burgess fans since The Dating Detox, and thoroughly enjoyed her latest release, A Girl Like You. After breaking up with her boyfriend of seven years, heroine Abigail finds herself newly single, with no clue as to what to do next. Entering the world of singledom again wasn't her plan, so when she's faced with the reality of dating after such a long time, Abigail needs help, and fast. Cue Robert, city lothario, who offers to train her up for the dating scene...


Did you enjoy these books? What were YOUR favourite reads of 2011? Leave a comment and let us know!

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