Books I loved, and not so much, in 2011

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss

~One thing that I learned this year is that the books I loved most were the books I heavily researched and read the reviews for before I spent good money on them. Generally, I saw them on several favorite book lists, not necessarily just the New York Times list.

~Just because it’s a favorite author doesn’t mean you’ll love everything they wrote. I can not believe the only book I couldn’t finish came highly recommended and by an author I have always loved. I may have to give that one another try, because I just can NOT believe I didn’t get through it. I am not a quitter. I am not a quitter. I am not a quitter…

~Anyone can become a best seller when they offer free, or nearly free, Kindle books. That doesn’t make them a memorable bestseller. And I can’t believe I fell for it over and over. But it’s not like I read them back to back. I need to learn to be a quitter without a guilty conscience..

~I should keep a reading journal. My Amazon shopping list does not sufficiently cover what I read. 80% maybe, but that’s not 100. I didn’t realize I had read so much this year, mostly by reading an hour before sleep, each night.

Books I would whole-heartedly recommend to anyone:

~ On Borrowed Wings – Chandra Prasad

~ When We Were Strangers – Pamela Schoenewaldt

~ Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand

The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom

My Antonia – Willa Sibert Cather

The Widow of the South – Robert Hicks

Secret Daughter: A Novel – Gowda, Shilpi Somaya

~ Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo

Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay

Totally entertaining reads:

~ My Own Country – Abraham Verghese

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel – Jamie Ford

The Menopause Thyroid Solution – Mary Shoman

~ The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

~ Catching Fire (The second Book of The Hunger Games) – Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The third Book of The Hunger Games) – Suzanne Collins

~ Blacklisted From the PTA – Lela Davidson

~ Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife – Irene Spencer

~ A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family – Cheryl Tan

The Mill River Recluse – Darcie Chan

I just may have had to look these books up, to remember what they were:

~ Lethal People (A Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke

~ Lethal Experiment (a Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke

~ Saving Rachel (a Donovan Creed Crime Novel) – John Locke

Vegas Moon (A Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke

~ Maid to Match – Deeanne Gist

~ Close to Famous – Joan Bauer

I just couldn’t finish:

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson

As I was going through my Kindle archives I see I still have several unread books that I am looking forward to reading, in 2012, and several that I may just hit delete on and forget about feeling guilty….

What about you? What are you looking forward to reading this next year?

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2 Responses to Books I loved, and not so much, in 2011

  1. My Antonia is one of my all-time favorite books — so great to see it on your list. (And humbling to see Tiger on it, too. Thanks for the kind words!) Wishing you many great reads in 2012. Cheers…


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