Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2011 In Books

You know what helps you read a lot of books? Being surrounded by them.

I’m in a library 40 hours a week. I see a lot of books. I see a lot of books that I want to read. And while I will never be able to read them all, the endless parade of tempting books that passes in front of me keeps me on task and keeps me reading.

I read 27 books in 2011. I wrote down each title and hung the list on the refrigerator. I didn’t want to forget. And I liked to admire the growing list.

These are the books I read in 2011 in the order in which I read them:

  • Meeting Your Half-Orange by Amy Spencer

  • The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg

  • Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe by Jenny Hollowell

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

  • One Day by David Nicholls

  • Ape House by Sara Gruen

  • Half Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe by Alexa Stevenson

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

  • Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love by Matt Logelin

  • The History of Love: A Novel by Nicole Krauss

  • The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

  • The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: A Love Story by Ree Drummond

  • Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

  • Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour by Rachel Shukert

  • Wetlands by Charlotte Roche

  • Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner

  • How the World Makes Love: And What It Taught a Jilted Groom by Franz Wisner

  • Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

  • A Man Without Words by Susan Schaller

  • Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet

  • Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman

  • The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell

  • The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. by Jennifer Baggett

  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

  • Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

  • Favorite: Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner
    Made me laugh the hardest: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
    Made me think the hardest: Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy
    Took me longest to get through: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    Book that I hesitate to admit that I read: Meeting Your Half-Orange by Amy Spencer
    Theme of my 2011 reading list: Bloggers and other interesting nonfiction.

    I have been keeping track of the books that I want to read - both fiction and nonfiction - on Pinterest. If you have something to suggest, I want to hear it; I am always looking to add more titles. And if you need something good to read? My goodness, just ask!


    Kari said...

    Love this list (I too read some of these) -- will put some of the rest on my request list at my local library.

    LLandL said...

    I read a bunch of these books as well! Love Love Love Simon Van Booy, I was really excited when his new book came out, and not let down. I'll definitely be checking out some of the others. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Architect said...

    What did you think of Loving Frank? I was recommended that this past year and have it on my list for 2012.

    A said...

    I really liked Loving Frank! I'm not an expert on the subject, so it was it is hard to tell where the facts end and fiction begins, and it was interesting to look at the story from the perspective of Mamah. I'm sure that the architectural components will really interest you, too.

    k said...

    I started my 2012 reading list on pinterst too after seeing yours. I track my book - and write reviews on goodreads too.

    MK said...

    I am adding your favorite, laugh and think books to my reading list! I am about to travel a ton so I need something really good book friends to keep me company.

    It took me forever to get through Henrietta Lacks too. And it wasn't even that long!

    Do you have a suggestion for a big deep long book? I'm thinking something along the lines of Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth - a book you can wander around in their world for a big long story?

    And like K said - I'm on goodreads too. It's fun to see what your friends are reading & how they rate the books they finish. :)

    MK said...

    *some really good book friends...

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