Archive for December, 2011

What I read in 2011

December 31, 2011

See past editions of the list, here and here and here.

BG=Book Group selection. REV=read to review. I’m in two book groups (and sometimes a third), so a lot of my reading is driven by that. These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December. I don’t read very fast, and I don’t read a lot of short books, so 20 books in a year is kinda good for me.

This year was more non-fiction heavy than most, not sure why.  Any year that involves Margaret Atwood tweeting a compliment to me (“That is a very cute knitted owl costume!”) is a very good literary year at my house.   (The costume was crocheted, but I’m not correcting Margaret Atwood.)

1. The Interior by Lisa See (mystery)
2. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (mystery) BG
3. The Ugly Laws by Sue Schweik (academic) REV
4. Just Kids by Patti Smith (memoir) BG
5. Poster Child by Emily Rapp (memoir) BG
6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (popular science/history) BG
7. Born Twice by Giuseppe Pontiggia (novel) 
8. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (novel)
9. Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception across the Color Line by Martha Sandweiss (history)
10. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (novel)
11. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano (novel) BG
12. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (novel) BG
13. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (novel) BG
14. The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe (novel)
15. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (novel) BG
16. A Sense of the World by Jason Roberts (biography)
17. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (novel) BG
18. Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan (non-fiction) BG
19. The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett (novel)  BG
20. The Burning Book by Maggie Gee (novel)