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The best novels of 2011 did what a truly great novel can do: Take readers on a fictional journey that allows them to escape, even for just a few hours. Some of these great novels combine elements of historical fiction, science fiction and other genres to create amazing stories that stick with a reader long after the book is finished. What is your favorite novel of 2011? Trying to put together a list of the absolute best is a bit of a challenge, and I probably left a few off on accident. Add your favorite if you don't see it on this list and by all means, vote for your personal favorites if they made the cut!

2011's best novels include best-sellers and debut novels ('The Art of Fielding' by Chad Harbach comes to mind immediately), as well as books by very well-established authors (like Jeffrey Eugenides, whose novel 'The Marriage Plot' is topping best of lists far and wide). Whether your tastes run towards the thriller ('Before I Go to Sleep' by S.J. Watson is a great literary thriller) or the f*turistic ('1Q84' by Haruki Murakami is simply amazing), this list includes the best of the year. I've also included 2011's National Book Award winner for fiction: Jesmyn Ward's 'Salvage the Bones,' and the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner, 'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes (some believe that Barnes' 11th novel is among his best).

Again, I ask you, the reading fanatic, for help with this list. I'd love to have a great, comprehensive list of the absolute best novels released in 2011. Bookworms looking for fantastic new reads can check these off one by one. So if you know of one (or two, or five) that I left off of this list, add them, please.

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A Dance with Dragons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
A Dance with Dragons George R. R. Martin

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The Art of Fielding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach

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The Night Circus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

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11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
11/22/63 Stephen King

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1Q84 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
1Q84 Haruki Murakami

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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Ready Player One Ernest Cline

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The Tiger's Wife is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Tiger's Wife Tea Obreht

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The Marriage Plot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides

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A Discovery of Witches is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness

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Inheritance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Inheritance Christopher Paolini

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The Magician King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Magician King Lev Grossman

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Before I Go to Sleep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Before I Go to Sleep S.J. Watson

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The Cat's Table is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Cat's Table Michael Ondaatje

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: D... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels of 2011

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The Sense of an Ending is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes

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Embassytown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Embassytown China Mieville

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Reamde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Reamde Neal Stephenson

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Ten thousand saints is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Ten Thousand Saints Eleanor Henderson

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Collins: Great By Choice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels of 2011

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The Weird Sisters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Weird Sisters Eleanor Brown

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We the Animals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
We the Animals Justin Torres

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REVOLUTION 2020 love. corrupti... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels of 2011

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The Stranger's Child is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Stranger's Child Alan Hollinghurst

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The Submission is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Submission Amy Waldman

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The Buddha in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels of 2011

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Lost Memory of Skin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Lost Memory of Skin Russell Banks

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2030 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
2030 Albert Brooks

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Salvage the Bones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward

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Feast Day of Fools is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
Feast Day of Fools James Lee Burke

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The Sojourn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels of 2011
The Sojourn Andrew Krivak