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2011 Reading Recap

2012 January 3
by Jill


It’s hard to believe that 2011 is already over. The holidays were a whirlwind, and now it’s back to the regular routine–except it’s 2012 and I have to remember that when I’m writing the date (I’m sure it won’t sink in until sometime around St. Patrick’s Day). With the end of the year comes the inevitable “best of 2011” lists and countdowns and recaps. Well, I’m not immune to the trend.

I did a reading recap last year so I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at my reading list for 2011 and compare the two. I read a few more books this year (43 total), including:

8 collections (essays, poems, or stories)

12 nonfiction books

24 books by women writers

4 classics


Here are ten books I particularly enjoyed:

1. Ghosts, Cesar Aira

2. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

3. Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

4. The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt

5. The Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins

6. Talking to Girls about Duran Duran, Rob Sheffield

7. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

8. Zone One, Colson Whitehead

9. The Summer Book, Tove Jansson

10. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy

You can check out my full list at Goodreads.

This year I’ve challenged myself to read 50 books–I’d better get going!

What were some of your favorite books of the year?

4 Responses Post a comment
  1. Amy G permalink
    January 3, 2012

    Super impressive list!! Since you enjoyed Autobiography of a Face, you MUST read Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett, about her intense and at times difficult friendship with Lucy Grealy. I found it incredibly moving, though tragic. It was really interesting to get a deeper perspective on Grealy and how she could be both charming and insufferable (not to mention totally self-destructive).

    • Jill permalink
      January 3, 2012

      Thanks Amy! I actually read Truth & Beauty years ago, and it was the reason I read Autobiography of a Face. I agree–it provides a much deeper and different perspective.

  2. January 3, 2012

    i read 35 books this year and i thought that was good! i think i must give the blind assassin another chance. i tried it once right after time traveler’s wife and could not get into it. here’s to more reading in 2012!


  3. Kelli permalink
    January 3, 2012

    50 books in 2012? I’m super impressed and inspired! Can’t wait to hear what all you read. Happy New Year, Jill!

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