Like any other year, 2011 was a mixed bag of sorts for me. I read about 85 books this year (15 short of my original target) - but many were books that I enjoyed at so many levels that I'm not too fussed by the number. There were a few I could have done without, but overall, it's been a good year in reading.
Of the 85 books I read, 36 were 2011 releases. I'm quite impressed with that because I imagined I read far less 2011 books. Depending on which side of the bed I wake up from each day, I either like reading more current books or not. It's a fluctuating thing - sometimes I wish I read more classics, but the very next day, I'm all into the new releases.
Still, 36 isn't a huge number, so I'm going to list the books that made an impression on me, without looking at their publication dates. I read a total of 62 fiction titles, so I'm listing 10 titles that I would gladly recommend to you.
Favorite fiction reads
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn
- Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa
- The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
- Far to go by Alison Pick
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
- The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton
- Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile
Favorite nonfiction reads
- A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
- Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford
- The Good Daughter by Jasmin Darznik
- The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke
- The Freedom Writers' Diary by Erin Gruwell
The first four titles above were all ARCs. I was intrigued that most of the nonfiction titles I read are those offered as review copies. Lately though, I've been looking out for more nonfiction titles, so I hope the stats change next year.
- Maus 1 & 2 by Art Speigelman
- Anne Frank by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
- Green River Killer by Jonathan Case and Jeff Jensen
- Vietnamerica by GB Tran
- Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme
Some of the books I loved when I first read them no longer seem to hold me in the same awe now, so I did change a few ratings today, but on the whole, I remember most of the books to be just as good as I first wrote about them. Have you read any of these?