Read in 2011

Rating system
1 star – If I finished it, shame on me.
2 stars – I wanted to see how it ended, but it was just okay.
3 stars – I liked it.
4 stars – I loved it.
5 stars – It was brilliant and you should read it immediately – in fact, everyone should.

January:

1. Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande (audiobook) – 3 stars

2. Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

3. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld – 4 starsmy review

4. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

5. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (audiobook) – 4 stars

6. An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor – 5 starsmy review

7. What My Best Friend Did by Lucy Dawson – 4 starsmy review

8. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

9. Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk – 5 starsmy review

10. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

11. So Much For That by Lionel Shriver (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

12. Certain Women by Madeleine L’Engle – 5 stars

13. Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (read-aloud) – 4 starsmy review

14. Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith – 3 starsmy review

15. Life Mask by Emma Donoghue – 4 stars

16. Starter for Ten by David Nicholls – 5 starsmy review

February:

17. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

18. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake – 5 starsmy review

19. Holes by Louis Sachar – 5 starsmy review

20. The Eyes of the Heart: A Memoir of the Lost and Found by Frederick Buechner – 4 starsmy review

21. Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann – 4 stars

22. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

23. Outside In by Maria V. Snyder – 3 starsmy review

24. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden – 4 stars

25. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

26. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees – 4 starsmy review

27. Twelve Times Blessed by Jacquelyn Mitchard (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

28. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – 4 stars

March:

29. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

30. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

31. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke – 3 stars

32. An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor – 4 starsmy review

33. Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton – 4 starsmy review

34. The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry4 starsmy review

35. Faithful Place by Tana French – 5 starsmy review

36. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

37. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – 5 starsmy review

38. Poet’s Choice: Poems for Everyday Life Selected and Introduced by Robert Hass – 3 starsmy review

39. Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – 4 starsmy review

40. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

41. Bumped by Megan McCafferty – 2 starsmy review

42. This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia – 4 starsmy review

43. The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy4 starsmy review

44. Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

45. Villette by Charlotte Bronte – 4 stars

46. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

47. Wither by Lauren DeStefano – 5 starsmy review

48. How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill – 3 stars

49. The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

50. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – 5 starsmy review

51. The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell – 3 starsmy review

52. Midwives by Chris Bohjalian – 4 stars

53. Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz – 3 stars

54. What Good is God? In Search of a Faith That Matters by Philip Yancey – 4 starsmy review

55. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (audiobook) – 5 stars

April:

56. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

57. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 5 stars

58. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender – 4 stars

59. Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

60. A Hidden Affair by Pam Jenoff – 4 starsmy review

61. The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen – 4 starsmy review

62. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter – 4 starsmy review

63. Unaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

64. Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson – 5 starsmy review

65. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio – 4 starsmy review

66. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis – 5 stars

67. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

68. Evenfall by Liz Michalski – 4 starsmy review

69. The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton – 4 stars

70. Falling Home by Karen White – 4 starsmy review

71. The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney – 4 starsmy review

72. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 4 stars

73. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor – 5 starsmy review

May:

74. Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser – 4 stars

75. Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith – 3 stars

76. Poems to Read: A New Favorite Poem Anthology edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz – 3 stars

77. So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

78. Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish – 3 starsmy review

79. Best Intentions by Emily Listfield – 4 stars

80. Bone, Vol 2: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith – 3 stars

81. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells – 4 stars

82. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. – 3 starsmy review

83. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

84. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

85. Embrace Me by Lisa Samson – 5 starsmy review

86. Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton – 3 starsmy review

87. The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork – 3 starsmy review

88. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens – 5 starsmy review

89. Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems by Billy Collins – 4 stars

90. Red Glove by Holly Black (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

91. The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories by Holly Black – 4 starsmy review

92. Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister – 5 starsmy review

93. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin – 4 starsmy review

94. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

95. An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor – 4 starsmy review

96. The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve – 4 starsmy review

97. Coventry by Helen Humphreys – 4 starsmy review

98. Ashes of the Earth: A Mystery of Post-Apocalyptic America by Eliot Pattison – 4 starsmy review

99. Across the Universe by Beth Revis – 5 starsmy review

100. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

101. Bone, Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith – 3 stars

June:

102. The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

103. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (read-aloud) – 5 starsmy review

104. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

105. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry – 5 starsmy review

106. Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington – 5 starsmy review

107. An Irish Country Courtship by Patrick Taylor – 4 starsmy review

108. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis – 5 starsmy review

109. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma – 4 starsmy review

110. Brava, Valentine Adriana Trigiani (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

111. Tassy Morgan’s Bluff by Jim Stinson – 4 starsmy review

112. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (audiobook) – 5 stars

113. The Boy in the Gap by Paul Soye – 3 starsmy review

114. Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City by “Holly Denham” – 4 starsmy review

115. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

116. 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson – 3 starsmy review

117. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

118. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – 4 starsmy review

July:

119. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown – 5 starsmy review

120. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse – 4 stars

121. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

122. Next to Love by Ellen Feldman – 5 starsmy review

123. The Secret Lives of People in Love: Stories by Simon Van Booy – 4 starsmy review

124. Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala – 4 stars

125. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

126. World War One British Poets: Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Others4 stars

127. Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker – 3 starsmy review

128. Pariah by Aron Warner – 3 starsmy review

129. Blackout by Connie Willis – 4 starsmy review

130. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness – 5 stars

131. The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy – 3 starsmy review

132. The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld – 3 starsmy review

133. Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

134. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

135. The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson – 3 starsmy review

August:

136. Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

137. The Liar’s Diary by Patry Francis – 3 starsmy review

138. The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff – 4 starsmy review

139. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness – 5 stars

140. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – 5 starsmy review

141. All Clear by Connie Willis – 5 stars

142. The Beach Trees by Karen White – 5 starsmy review

September:

143. The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann – 3 starsmy review

144. Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee – 4 starsmy review

145. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

146. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – 4 starsmy review

147. While I Live by John Marsden – 4 starsmy review

148. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

149. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore – 5 starsmy review

150. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta – 4 starsmy review

151. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira – 5 starsmy review

152. A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres – 4 starsmy review

153. The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe – 4 stars

154. The Dowry: A Novel of Ireland by Walter Keady – 4 starsmy review

155. Bossypants by Tina Fey (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

156. Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

157. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – 2 stars

158. The First Husband by Laura Dave – 4 starsmy review

159. Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry – 3 starsmy review

October:

160. You Are My Only by Beth Kephart – 5 starsmy review

161. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (audio) – 5 stars

162. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – 5 starsmy review

163. The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

164. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – 5 starsmy review

165. Plague by Michael Grant (read-aloud) – 4 starsmy review

166. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (read-aloud) – 5 stars

167. Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy (audio) – 4 starsmy review

168. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (audio) – 3 starsmy review

169. Wherever You Go by Joan Leegant – 4 stars

170. Andy Catlett: Early Travels by Wendell Berry – 5 starsmy review

171. A Watershed Year by Susan Schoenberger – 5 starsmy review

172. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

173. Beautiful Chaos Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – 5 starsmy review

November:

174. Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham – 4 starsmy review

175. Second Nature: A Love Story by Jacquelyn Mitchard (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

176. The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder by Erin Blakemore – 4 starsmy review

177. Cross Currents by John Shors – 5 starsmy review

178. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (read-aloud) – 5 stars

179. Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log by Karen A. Chase – 4 starsmy review

180. Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry – 5 stars

181. Enclave by Ann Aguirre – 4 starsmy review

182. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

183. A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead – 3 starsmy review

December:

184. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

185. The Neighbors Are Watching by Debra Ginsberg – 3 starsmy review

186. The Bungalow by Sarah Jio – 4 starsmy review

187. The Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne duMaurier – 3 starsmy review

188. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler – 4 starsmy review

189. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

190. A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry – 5 starsmy review

191. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton (audio) – 4 stars

192. Naked by David Sedaris (audio) – 3 stars

Books I started in 2011 but chose not to finish:

Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney – Made it to page 40, but only one or two poems grabbed me.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (audiobook) – I listened to two discs, but the shifting point of view and time periods were confusing.

Possession by A.S. Byatt – This one has a wonderful premise and I like the two main characters, but it dragged and dragged whenever it left their points of view.

The Beach House by Jane Green – Several married characters committing adultery and not one of them a likable character. No thanks.

Memory by Donald Westlake – Boring. I’m told this isn’t his typical style, though, so will probably try something else by him at some point.

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian – I loved this author’s Midwives, but after a disc and a half of this one, I was bored. I thought maybe it was the narrator, but looked her name up and discovered that she also narrated Angelology, which I loved on audio. Must be the book.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan – Listened to the first disc on audio, couldn’t get into it. May try this one in print eventually.

Remember Me by Cheryl Robinson – I found the dialogue very poorly written and the flip-flopping in time wasn’t done well, and so was disorienting.

The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter – I got a few discs into this audiobook and just couldn’t go any farther. The narrators were excellent – probably what kept me listening past disc 2, but I just couldn’t get into the multiple-POV plot.

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan – I listened to one disc of this on audiobook. I love the narrator – Robin Sachs – but the sex was a bit too…. much for me.

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson – This book is the history of the war between robots and humans, told in snippets of stories by various participants. At first, I thought this was a unique way to tell the story, but after awhile, the lack of any strong main characters made me lose interest.

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – This is the DNF that makes me feel the most guilty. I was supposed to read this for a Faith and Fiction Round Table discussion. I made it halfway through, but couldn’t make myself finish it. The characters seemed more like caricatures than real-life people, and I simply didn’t care what happened to them.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead – I like writing that is unselfconsciously intelligent and witty. I do not, however, like writing that stands up, waves its hands in the air, and shouts, “Look how intelligent and witty I am!”

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin – Every time I got attached to a character and (finally) invested in their story, it switched to another character. The writing is beautiful, but it moves very slowly and the switching points of view had me losing interest.

The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason – This started out well, with a great premise, but I only made it through disc two. At that point, all I’d seen of the main character is him cheat on his fiance back home with all the English girls and American nurses he could get his hands on.

2 Responses to Read in 2011

  1. Jessica Schwarz says:

    5 starz! it was thebest! is there a sequal?

  2. Pingback: 2011 Reading Stats | BOOKS AND MOVIES

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