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December 31, 2011


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bermudaonion (Kathy)

I've only read one of your favorites - You Know When the Men are Gone - and it made my favorites list too. Happy New Year!


I also read 54 books this year, no audio books though.

Susan B

Happy New Year! Four books by authors I'd never read before blew me away in 2011. I love discovering new (to me, at least) authors.
Fauna - Alissa York
Father of the Rain - Lily King
The God of Animals - Aryn Kyle
The False Friend - Myla Goldberg

nomadreader (Carrie)

I'm incredibly impressed you upped your number of books so much this year! Your list of best reads is so eclectic, and it reminds me I must read Open. It was one of the first books I bought for my Kindle when I got it two years ago, but I still haven't read it. Perhaps it will get me in the mood for the Australian Open this year!

Andrew G

Incredible. I was impressed with my own 35 and 1 audio. For me it was the year of the memoir, with 15 of them, 1 historical fiction, 13 novels and 8 non-fiction.

Top 5, with editorial comments, and in no particular order, were:

1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (better than a novel)

2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (beautifully written, totally original concept)

3. Open by Andre Agassi (page turner)

4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Maybe all kids need is love and encouragement and no actual parenting)

5. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman. (Awesome peek into the way a Nobel Prize winning genius sees the world)

Just missing the cut was White Fang by Jack London, which I had not previously read but was great.

Worst of the year was Bossypants by Tina Fey. Just like most SNL episodes, funny at first but then goes on too long on one joke and wish it would end. Speaking of too long, try Life by Keith Richards and The Forever War by Dexter Filkens. Enjoyed both of them, but need a visit from the editor's red pen. Novels by David Baldacci (Absolute Power, The Winner) and Jodi Picoult (Plain Truth (predictable)) are fun to read but forgotten a week later.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua is bad in the sense that I can't believe that anyone would intentionally have that kind of horrible relationship with their kids. Good luck with that.

Enjoy your blog! Will need a longer commute to add audiobooks to repetoire


Wow...that's impressive Gayle! I won't underwhelm you with my run-down, except to say that I haven't read a complete book since March. :-(


Gayle, Thanks for the special mention. One of my favorite books this was a middle grade book. Very surprising. Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me. I didn't know writing for that age group could be so good.

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