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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Books Read in 2011

I did well in 2011. I managed to read 50 books! I keep hoping to make it an even 52, one for each week of the year, but not yet. I'm just a bit too slow. But there's always this year right? You can tell from this list that I'm an eclectic reader.


1. Sick Puppy,   Carl Hiaasen
2. Falls the Shadow,   Sharon Penman
3. Wicked Lovely,   Melissa Marr
4. Turtle in Paradise,   Jennifer L. Holm
5. Matilda Bone,   Karen Cushman
6. Save the Cat,   Blake Snyder
7. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers,   Renni Brown/Dave King
8. Keeper,   Kathi Appelt
9. Alchemy and Meggy Swan,   Karen Cushman
10. The Art of Happiness,   The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler M. D.
11. The Thief,   Megan Whalen Turner
12. Dragonfly Pool,   Eva Ibbotson
13.Wolven,   Di Toft
14. Possession,   Elana Johnson
15. Nightshade City,   Hilary Wagner
16. Across the Universe,   Beth Revis
17. The Hating Game,   Talli Roland
18. The Great Gilly Hopkins,   Katherine Patterson
19. Island of the Aunts,   Eva Ibbotson
20. The Chaos,   Rachel Ward
21. Dogsled Dreams,  Terry Lynn Johnson
22. Light Beneath Ferns,   Anne Spllen
23. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,   Grace Lin
24. Down Sand Mountain,   Steven Watkins
25. Moon Over Manifest,   Clare Vanderpool
26. Heart of a Samurai,   Margi Preus
27. Like Sisters on the Homefront,   Rita Williams-Garcia
28. Gregor the Overlander,   Suzanne Collins
29. The Gawgon and the Boy,   Lloyd Alexander
30. Seeing and Believing: How the  telescope opened our eyes and minds to the heavens,   Richard Panek
31. The Starry Rift,   James Tiptree, Jr.
32. Double Whammy,   Carl Hiaasen
33. Monstrous Regiment,   Terry Pratchett
34. How the Irish Saved Civilization,   Thomas Cahill
35. String Bridge,   Jessica Bell
36. Dancing in the Shadows of Love,   Judy Croome
37. The Headless  Highwayman,   Ian Irvine
38. The Grasping Goblin,   Ian Irvine
39. The Desperate Dwarf,   Ian Irvine
40. The Wall at the Edge of the World,   Jim Aikin
41. Basket Case,   Carl Hiaasen
42. The Female Frontier: A comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plains,   Glenda Riley
43. Build a Man,   Talli Roland
44. Angela's Ashes,   Frank McCourt
45. A Lady's Fate,   Anne Gallagher
46. Getting Near to Baby,  Audrey Couloumbis
47. Dogsong, Gary Paulsen
48. America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shapes a Nation,  Kenneth C. Davis
50. The Book of Dragons, Edith Nesbit

I have a few favorites for the year: Dancing in the Shadows of Love, Across the Universe, Nightshade City, Angela's Ashes, Moon Over Manifest, How the Irish Saved Civilization, Turtle in Paradise, Keeper, Light Beneath Ferns, Dogsong. I could name many others.

What about you? Read any good books in 2011? Sure you did. Do share! Which one(s) stands out as a favorite?


  1. Don't know if I could list my favorite, but I did read a lot more books last year thanks to my iPad. And I see Save the Cat on your list - I got so much out of that book!

  2. Wow! I'm impressed with people who not only read, but keep a list of the books read! You might want to check out Amanda's blog: Born Bookish -- she's a college student, daughter of Ruth (inluv on the Blueboards) -- and she writes excellent reviews.

    What good books did I read last year? Hmmm ... many. But here are a few that have stayed with me:
    If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat by John Ortberg.
    The Land Between by Jeff Manion
    A Dog called Kitty by Bill Wallace
    Flip by Martin Bedford

    Have a happy reading year.

  3. Wow! Congrats on such a good amount! I probably managed half that. :-'

    Really have to read more.

  4. I love your list. I also adored Moon Over Manifest, but my hands-down 2011 favorite is Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt.

  5. HOw cool! I love your list. :) Last year I managed to read 37 actual books and listen to 54 audiobooks. I love keeping lists like these--its a constant reminder of what we've accomplished with our time. :)


  6. I think this year I'm going to write down all the books I read to keep track. I didn't do that last year, and while I don't think I hit my goal of a book a week, I wonder how close I came.

    Hope you had a fantabulous holiday Bish!


  7. I'm an eclectic reader, too, but The Hunger Games trilogy and Open Minds stand out as my favorites for the year and for all time, too, as a matter of fact! I guess I like YA dystopian. Happy New Year, Bish! That's a great list of books that you read.

  8. Great list! I read a few on there and loved them (Possession, Nightshade City).
    I HAVE to read Save the Cat. Everyone raves about it!
    Happy New Year, Bish!

  9. Great list! See a couple of writer friends I know in there too, which is always fun.

    I read all of Michelle Moran's books last year. She writes historical fiction. I can't wait to get her newest one, which is finally out on paperback -- Madam Tussaud.

  10. I'm terrible about making lists of books I've read, but I've also read Light Beneath Ferns, Angela's Ashes, Sick Puppy -- and a number of other books on your list.

    I'm on a Jasper Fforde kick right now, steadily working my way through his books and enjoying them. But I'm taking a break, reading Liz Jensen's The Rapture. I LOVE Liz Jensen's writing and can't get over how many people have never heard of her.

    Have a good reading-and-writing 2012, Bish!

  11. Hi, Bish, you did get through a lot of books last year. My favourite read was The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. I'm looking forward to reading Across the Universe.

  12. I only read about 35 books last year and at least 10 of those were audiobooks from the library. I'm hoping to push myself to 45 this year.

    I just picked up a few on your list.



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