Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Book list for 2011

If 2010 was my year of the memoir, then 2011 was the year of the series. I’m cheating a bit on my “top ten” list as three on my list weren’t individual books but series of books. In 2010, I only read 47 books. This year, I read 75. I attribute this to Kylie’s growth and her new-found tolerance to me sitting still and reading.

Here are my top ten favorite books of 2011:
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Tower, The Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
The Soldier Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb (Renegade’s Magic, Forest Mage, Shaman’s Crossing)
The Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb (Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians-all 5 books- by Rick Riordan
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
A Discovery of Wtiches by Deborah Harkness
The Radleys by Matt Haig
The Long Run by Matt Long


This year I read six Jennifer Cruise books (Getting Rid of Bradley was my favorite), six Melissa de la Cruz books (the first book, Blue Bloods, was my favorite), three Anjali Banerjee books (Haunting Jasmine was my favorite), three Amanda Hocking books and two of Chelsea Handler’s. Here’s the rest of the list in no particular order:

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James
The Kinshield Legacy by KC May
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Matchmaker of Reigord by Julia Stuart
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Violets of March by Sarah Jio
Groundswell by Katie Lee
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Fast Women by Jennifer Cruise
Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Cruise
What the Lady Wants by Jennifer Cruise
The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Cruise
Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Cruise
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
Blue Bloods books by Melissa de la Cruz (Masquerade, Revelations, Van Alen Legacy, Misguided Angel, Blue Bloods)
The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls
Working It Out by Abby Rike
Invisible Lives by Anjali Banerjee
Imaginary Men by Anjali Banerjee
Haunting Jasmine by Anjali Banerjee
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking (Switched, Torn, Ascend)
The Wildwater Water Walking Club by Claire Cook
Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes
Horns by Joe Hill
Run! By Dean Karnazes
Metal Cowboy by Joe Kurmaskie
Awakened by PC Cast

Healthy Living section:
Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich
Unlimited by Jillian Michaels
Big Book of Bicycling by Bicycling Magazine Editors
Triathlon Start to Finish by Sam Murphy
Swim, Bike, Run by Wes Hobson

Audiobooks:
Karen and I adore the JD Robb “Eve Dallas” audiobook series. This year, we were pleased to listen to these three additions:
New York to Dallas, Treachery in Death, Indulgence in Death.

I also enjoyed Patrick Taylor’s Country Doctor audiobook series and listened to:
An Irish Country Courtship, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Village, Irish Country Doctor.

Feel free to share your comments and/or favorites! Happy Reading Everyone!

2 comments:

Stacey said...

My favourite this year was "The Hunger Games" trilogy. Loved it. I also enjoyed "Middlesex." I read some memoirs too but nothing amazing. Well, I did really like Portia deRossi's book "Unbearable Lightness."

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