2011 reading recap

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In 2011, I read 70 books. My goal was 75. Yes, I fell short. I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of George R. R. Martin. I waded into A Song of Ice and Fire books, reading the first two: A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings.

Those are some long books, y’all. I’m not sure if I’ll tackle the next in the series in 2012 or not. Long, epic fantasy is a mood read for me. So, if I’m in the mood, I’ll search out the next in the series. If not … I’ll read something else.

But it wasn’t just a year for quantity. A large majority of those 70 books were four and five star reads for me. A few of the best:

Writing book:

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, John Truby

Debut:

Rival, Sara Bennett Wealer
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

YA

Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King
Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly

Middle Grade

Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
The Magician’s Elephant, Kate DiCamillo

Adult

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel, Helen Simonson
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

War Through the Generations challenge books (Civil War)

Two Girls of Gettysburg, Lisa Klein
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, Tony Horwitz
And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart, Jamie Malanowski

Last book read

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness (a five-star read–bring tissues)

But really, if the book is on my list, I more than likely enjoyed it. I’m putting my 2011 list below the cut (70 books makes for a very long blog post). If you’re interested in my take on any of them, let me know. I love to talk books!

My 2011 books, alphabetical by title:

  1. Across the Universe, Beth Revis
  2. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, John Truby
  3. And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart, Jamie Malanowski
  4. The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald
  5. Beauty Queens, Libba Bray
  6. Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
  7. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
  8. Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy Books), Maud Hart Lovelace
  9. Boeing-Boeing: A Farce in Two Acts, Beverley Cross
  10. Bossypants, Tina Fey
  11. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, John Medina
  12. A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals), Michelle Cooper
  13. Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, Deborah Heiligman
  14. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2), George R.R. Martin
  15. The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story, Robert Baer
  16. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
  17. Deep Down Popular, Phoebe Stone
  18. Delirium, Lauren Oliver
  19. Do the Work, Steven Pressfield
  20. The Driving Force, Michel Tremblay
  21. Fall for Anything, Courtney Summers
  22. The First Time, Edited by Jessica Verday and Rhonda Stapleton
  23. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  24. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One, George R.R. Martin
  25. The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ, David Shenk
  26. The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life (Kindle Single), Ann Patchett
  27. The Girl Is Murder, Kathryn Miller Haines
  28. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson
  29. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard), Stieg Larsson
  30. Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, Book 1), Jenna Black
  31. The Haunted (The Hollow, Book 2), Jessica Verday
  32. Heist Society, Ally Carter
  33. The Hollow (The Hollow Trilogy), Jessica Verday
  34. Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal, Alexandra Johnson
  35. Lips Touch: Three Times, Laini Taylor
  36. The Magician’s Elephant, Kate DiCamillo
  37. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel, Helen Simonson
  38. Matched, Ally Condie
  39. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, Tony Horwitz
  40. The Midwife’s Apprentice, Karen Cushman
  41. The Mistress of Nothing: A Novel, Kate Pullinger
  42. A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness
  43. The Mother-Daughter Book Club, Heather Vogel Frederick
  44. The Name of the Star (Shades of London), Maureen Johnson
  45. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  46. Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq, Dr. Dave Hnida
  47. Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King
  48. Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren’t complicated, I wouldn’t be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver Quartet), E. Lockhart
  49. Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly
  50. Rita Book #1
  51. Rita Book #2
  52. Rita Book #3
  53. Rival, Sara Bennett Wealer
  54. Rose Sees Red, Cecil Castellucci
  55. Rules for Virgins (Kindle Single), Amy Tan
  56. The Science of Vampires, Katherine Ramsland
  57. The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
  58. Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, Cheryl B. Klein
  59. Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
  60. Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel, Kurt Vonnegut
  61. Strings Attached, Judy Blundell
  62. The Summer I Learned to Fly, Dana Reinhardt
  63. Tell Me Something True, Leila Cobo
  64. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, Erin Dionne
  65. Two Girls of Gettysburg, Lisa Klein
  66. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand
  67. The Vespertine, Saundra Mitchell
  68. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  69. Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue, Kathryn J. Atwood
  70. You Know When the Men Are Gone, Siobhan Fallon

4 Comments

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4 responses to “2011 reading recap

  1. Ahhh glad to see someone else who loves Rival as much as I did. 🙂 🙂

  2. oh reading the “good squad” one right now! glad to see it on your top list 🙂 I read the two Kate Camillo books to my son this year and we both loved them, especially Because of Winn-Dixie, it was magical. I have Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand on my list and I absolutely loved “Before I Fall” There was something about it that spoke to me profoundly. But I didn’t care for Delirium nearly as much. Did you like The Scorpio Races? I have that on my list too. I loved her Shiver series. Thank you for the list, gives me some ideas 🙂

  3. Karen, good to hear from you! I also really liked Before I Fall, and Delirium not quite as much. On the other hand, I liked The Scorpio Races better than I did Shiver. The romance is very muted in The Scorpio Races, but I liked it anyway. I think the way to “read” this one is on audio book–the performers are incredible and the audio includes music composed and performed by Maggie and her sister (I think it’s her sister–I can’t remember).

  4. Good to see you, Jordyn! Sara is a terrific writer and Rival was a fantastic debut.

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