1. Best Book You Read in 2011:
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry (You know how hard it was to narrow this down to only one!)
2. Most Disappointing Book/Books You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
A Watershed Year by Susan Schoenberger
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness – Yes, I did read the first book at the end of 2009, but I finished the series this year, and it was awesome.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
The Death Cure by James Dashner – I still haven’t read it yet! I’m rereading book two aloud to my boys, and we’ll dive straight into book three as soon as we finish.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
11. Most memorable character in 2011?
Lavinia Warren Bump, aka Mrs. Tom Thumb, from The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
What Good is God? by Phillip Yancey
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
Good artists are people who can stick things together so that they stay stuck. They know how to gather things into formal arrangements that are intelligible, memorable, and lasting. Good forms confer health upon the things that they gather together. Farms, families, and communities are forms of art just as are poems, paintings, and symphonies. None of these things would exist if we did not make them. We can make them either well or poorly; this choice is another thing that we make. ~ from Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry
16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry – plan to reread via audiobook
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
The end of Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – I’m still reeling!