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Friday, January 6, 2012

Read in 2011: Yearly wrap up


Here's my list for 2011 starting with the last book I finished and going back in time to the first one I read in 2011.  The stars are my rating out of 5 on Goodreads. (For more info you can friend me on Goodreads.com.)  Books in bold I read for my book club. Interesting that there are only two 5 star books this year and both were non-fiction, both of which I was reluctant to read but ended up loving. Number 5 is the memoir of a woman who lost a child to full term stillbirth and it was cathartic for me to read, but also very funny -- I know that sounds odd. I could relate to SO much in this book and it was so comforting to know that my feelings were so similar to hers and so "normal" for that situation. I also read more books this year -- often I only get to the book club ones. This is partly because I started getting books on tape to listen to while driving Emma around or on my commute when I don't take the bus. I also read several fast reading mysteries which I love.  
  1. The Litigators John Grisham  ***
  2. Remembering Wholeness: A Personal Handbook for Thriving in the 21st Century Carol Tuttle  ***
  3. The Last Juror John Grisham **
  4. The Ghost Writer Robert Harris  ***
  5. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination Elizabeth McCracken  *****
  6. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Dinaw Mengetsu  ****
  7. The Private Patient P.D. James ***
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez  **
  9. A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan  **
  10. This Body of Death Elizabeth George ****
  11. The Murder Room P.D. James  ****
  12. Ender's Game Scott Orson Card  ***
  13. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford  ****
  14. Death of a Witch M.C. Beaton  ***
  15. In the Woods Tana French  ****
  16. Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile Carol Tuttle  ****
  17. Magic Seeds V.S. Naipaul  ***
  18. Faithful Place Tana French  ****
  19. Show of Hands Anthony McCarten ***
  20. Girl in Translation Jean Kwok  ****
  21. Mermaid Chair Sue Monk Kidd  ****
  22. The Gargoyle Andrew Davidson  ***
  23. People of the Book Geraldine Brooks  ****
  24. Wallpaper City Guide: Montreal Wallpaper Magazine  ***
  25. Gilead Marilynne Robinson  ***
  26. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot  *****
  27. Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald  **
  28. Portobello Ruth Rendell  ***

What have you all been reading and recommend? I am almost finished The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht. It's the book and ended up with at our December book club Yankee swap. I need to finish it up quick to get the January book club book read by mid-month.

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