Saturday, December 31, 2011

Books Read in 2011

I did something clever in 2011, which made it much easier to collate my year's reading list: I simply started a post at the beginning of the year, and tried to remember to add each book title to it as I read, even if I didn't manage to get a post up for considerably longer. So that means that I'm ready to offer my list of Books Read in 2011, before the year is entirely gone. And it means I've got more time to read, rather than spending time trying to remember and collate . . .

And time to wish you all a Happy New Year. Here's to fabulous reading in 2012!

While it's not as visibly clear as I'd like, each of these titles has a link to a review/response post, however cursory that may be. Do click to read, if you're interested, and, as always, I'd love to get your feedback.
1. Kate Atkinson. Started Early, Took My Dog
2. Edeet Ravel. Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth
3. Lee Child. 61 Hours
4. Howard Jacobson. The Finkler Question
5. Kathleen Winter. Annabel
6. Minette Walters. The Devil's Feather
7. Patricia Cornwell. Port Mortuary
8. Keith Richards. Life
9. Sheila Watson. The Double Hook (reread)
10. Emma Donoghue. Room
11. Ross King. Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
12. Gary Shteyngart. Super Sad True Love Story
13. Carol Matthews. Questions for Ariadne: The Labyrinth and the End of Times
14. Johanna Skibsrud. The Sentimentalists
15. Reginald Hill. Midnight Fugue
16. Gwenaƫlle Aubry. Personne.
17. Anne Fadiman. Ex Libris
18. Val McDermid. Fever of the bone
19. Lee Child. Die Trying
20. Deborah Harkness. A Discovery of Witches.
21. Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary.
22. Christos Tsiolkas. The Slap.
23. Kate Atkinson. One Good Turn.
24. Timothy Taylor. Story House. re-read
25. Clyde Ford. Precious Cargo. re-read
26. Ian McEwan Solar.
27. William Trevor Love and Summer
28. Jeffrey Deaver. The Burning Wire
29. Edith Wharton. Ethan Frome
30. Elizabeth Bard. Lunch in Paris
31. Richard Wagamese. Dream Wheels
32. Anne Carson. Autobiography of Red.
33. David Adams Richards. Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul
34. Lee Child. Worth Dying For.
35. Molly Peacock. Paradise, Piece by Piece
36. Lionel Shriver. So Much For That
37. Robert McCrum. Globish: How English Became the World's Language
38. Kate Atkinson. Behind the Scenes at the Museum. re-read
39. Dionne Brand Ossuaries
40. Chevy Stevens. Still Missing
41. Bill Bryson. Mother Tongue
42. Sue Sinclair. Breaker.
43. Alex MacLeod. Light Lifting.
44. Siddartha Mukherjee. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
45. Marilyn Bowering. To All Appearances a Lady.
46. Elizabeth Hay Late Nights on Air.
47. Molly Peacock. How to Read a Poem
48. Jonathan Kellerman. Deception
49. Jonathan Kellerman. Mystery.
50. Christopher McDougall. Born to Run.
51. Anne Carson. Nox.
52. Colum McCann. Let the Great World Spin.
53. Stephen Scobie The Measure of Paris.
54. Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games
55. Suzanne Collins. Catching Fire
56. Suzanne Collins The Mocking Jay
57. David Orr. Beautiful and Pointless
58. Seymour Mayne. Ricochet
59. Mark Kingwell. Concrete Reveries
60. John Farrow. River City.
61. Joan Skogan. Moving Water.
62. Lee Child. Persuader.
63. Erin Morgenstern. The Night Circus.
64.Rosecrans Baldwin You Lost Me There.
65. Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending
66. Per Petterson. Out Stealing Horses
67. Michael Connelly. The Drop
68. Patrick DeWitt. The Sisters Brothers.
69. Jodi Picoult. Nineteen Minutes.
70. Adam Gopnik. The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
71. George Martin. Game of Thrones
72. ADDED January 10th, 2012 Esi Eduguyan's Half Blood Blues -- I can't believe I forgot to list this 2011 read; useless to try and catch up a post about it at this stage. Suffice it to say I'd recommend it!

Currently underway: Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke and Craig Taylor's The Londoners, Douglas Gibson's  Stories About Storytellers, and Amy Finley's How to Eat a Small Country.

and two I began but didn't want to finish (I'm giving myself permission)
1. Jean Auel. The Land of Painted Caves
2. Anne Marsella. The Baby of Belleville


  1. What a fascinating collection of books you read. It is so satisfying, putting up a list. I always find it full of reminders of things that have slipped back to the edges of memory.

    I'm looking forward to this year's books already and the ensuing conversations.

  2. It's certainly a diverse list, anyway (with many mystery titles -- and I'm trying not to apologize for those, why should I, right?!!)

  3. It's a great list - and I'm going to add some of these to my own.

  4. ah, mater .. your genius shines through, yet again .. thank you for the list .. and reveiws .. i know i will retrieve a few titles from here as i'm always up for checking out new authors .. and good reads ..
    ta ..

  5. Lorrie, I'll be interested to read your response to any of these if/when you do read them.
    Jane, I hope we'll have one of our wonderful accidental/serendipitous roadside visits, then, and chat about a title or two. . .