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30 December 2011 @ 12:55 pm
Books read in 2011  
Here's a list of all the new books I read in 2011. Then under the cut is the list of all the books I re-read this year (only started keeping track of those in June). I'm bolding my favorite book/s for each month and putting a strike-through on books I really disliked. Terry Pratchett's books are really always my favorite each month but they're so good and that it's not fair to let them in the competition.


January:
The Truth - Terry Pratchett
The True History of the Ned Kelly Gang - Peter Carey
Nemesis - Lindsey Davis
Heresy - S.J. Parris
Diary of a Nobody - George Grossmith
The Naughtiest Girl in the School - Enid Blyton
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
Hitler and Churchill - Andrew Roberts
Storm Rising - Mercedes Lackey
Understood Betsy - Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Summer Knight - Jim Butcher
The Basque History of the World - Mark Kurlanksy
The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie

February:
Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
The Legate's Daughter - Wallace Breem
Atlantic - Simon Winchester
The Black Opal - Victoria Holt
Right Ho, Jeeves - PG Wodehouse

March:
Jingo - Terry Pratchett
Trio for Blunt Instruments - Rex Stout
Island at the Center of the World - Russell Shorto
Storm Breaking - Mercedes Lackey
Cleopatra's Daughter - Michelle Moran
Hood - Stephen R. Lawhead
The Wandering Fire - Guy Gavriel Kay
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Emmuska Orczy

April:
Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Scarlet - Stephen Lawhead
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Eagle in the Snow - Wallace Breem
Stiff - Mary Roach
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves - PG Wodehouse
Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust - Lyn Smith

May:
Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians - J.B. Bury
Carpe Jugulum - Terry Pratchett
The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
Death Mask - Jim Butcher
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
Secret Holocaust Diaries - Nonna Bannister
The Doorbell Rang - Rex Stout
Shanghai Girls - Lisa See

June:
Augustus - Anthony Everitt
The Pale Horseman - Bernard Cornwall
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Schaffer
The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
The Father Hunt - Rex Stout
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Anita Loos
Captain of Rome - John Stack
Correspondence - N. John Hall
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander McCall Smith

July:
Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett
Train to Trieste - Domnica Radulescu
The Darkest Road - Guy Gavriel Kay
The Death of a Dude - Rex Stout
Dear Enemy - Jean Webster
The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue - John McWhorter
To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip Jose Farmer
Jane Lends a Hand - Shirley Watkins
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie
20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth - Xiaolu Guo
When Patty Went to College - Jean Webster
Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

August:
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett
His Last Bow - Arthur Conan Doyle
Master of Rome - John Stack
I Shall Wear Midnight - Terry Pratchett
Nefertiti - Michelle Moran
The Youngest Girl in the Fifth Grade - Angela Brazil
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson
Tuck - Stephen Lawhead
The Fabulous Riverboat - Philip Jose Farmer
Dreams of Joy - Lisa See

September:
Palace Walk - Naguib Mahfouz
Packing for Mars - Mary Roach
The Man in the Queue - Josephine Tey
Mao's Great Famine - Frank Dikotter
Please Pass the Guilt - Rex Stout
Something Fresh - PG Wodehouse
Hungry Ghosts - Jasper Becker
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Once There Was a War – John Steinbeck
Over There: America in the Great War – Byron Farwell

October:
Agincourt – Christopher Hibbert
Psmith in the City – PG Wodehouse
Palace of Desire – Naguib Mahfouz
Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Out of Africa – Karen Blixen
Snuff – Terry Pratchett
Wives and Daughters – Elizabeth Gaskell
The Franchise Affair – Josephine Tey

November:
Trafalgar: The Nelson Touch – David Howarth
The Dark Design – Philip Jose Farmer
Freddy Goes to the North Pole – Walter R. Brooks
Freddy and the Ignormous – Walter R. Brooks
Mornings on Horseback – David McCullough
Miss Pym Disposes – Josephine Tey
Friday's Tunnel – John Verney
Eric – Terry Pratchett

December:
The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett
Freddy and the Space Ship – Walter R. Brooks
Nancy of Paradise Cottage – Shirley Watkins
A Morbid Taste for Bones – Ellis Peters
One of Our Thursdays is Missing – Jasper Fforde
Mossflower – Brian Jacques
Saturation – Jennifer Place

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June:
Son of the Shadows - Juliet Marillier
Feeling Sorry for Celia - Jaclyn Moriarty
Child of the Prophecy - Juliet Marillier
Catherine Called Birdy - Karen Cushman
Don't Ask - Donald E. Westlake
Bromeliad Trilogy - Terry Pratchett
Wolfskin - Juliet Marillier
Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
The Year of Secret Assignments - Jaclyn Moriarty

July:
The Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster
Foxmask - Juliet Marillier
Bank Shot - Donald E. Westlake
Good Behavior - Donald E. Westlake
The Dark Mirror - Juliet Marillier
Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
Magnus Powermouse - Dick King-Smith
The Fox Busters - Dick King-Smith
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett
Why Me - Donald E. Westlake

August:
Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett
The Gnome King of Oz - Ruth Plumly Thompson
World's End - Donald James Wheal
Hat Full of Sky - Terry Pratchett
Well of Loneliness - Radclyffe Hall
Poseidon's Gold - Lindsey Davis
Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett

September:
Don't Ask - Donald E. Westlake
Guards Guards - Terry Pratchett
Autobiography of a Fat Bride - Laurie Notaro
Lydia: Queen of Palestine - Uri Orlev
Thud – Terry Pratchett
Drowned Hopes - Donald E. Westlake

October:
Freddy Goes to Florida – Walter R. Brooks
Freddy the Detective – Walter R. Brooks
Freddy the Politician – Walter R. Brooks
Freddy and the Perilous Adventure – Walter R. Brooks
Freddy the Pied Piper – Walter R. Brooks
Freddy Goes Camping – Walter R. Brooks
Nobody's Perfect – Donald E. Westlake
Summers at Castle Auburn – Sharon Shinn
Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
The Trolley to Yesterday – John Bellairs

November:
Carpe Jugulum – Terry Pratchett
Bank Shot – Donald E. Westlake
The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett
Wild Dogs – Helen Humpheys
Borgel – Daniel Pinkwater
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew – Margaret Sidney

December:
Snuff – Terry Pratchett
Slaves of Spiegel – Daniel Pinkwater
Mrs. McThing – Mary Chase
The Great Brain – John D. Fitzgerald
The Last Continent – Terry Pratchett
China Men – Maxine Hong Kingston


I was going to try to pick my favorite Discworld of the year, but I don't think I can. I do think that Carpe Jugulum might be my favorite witches book (though I absolutely adore Maskerade, it just feels a bit less like a witches book), and I lied on my re-reading list - I've actually re-read Snuff four times since it came out...in October.

So, based on those lists, do you have any recommendations for me? Links to my other yearly reading summaries can be found on my profile page.
 
 
 
c l e o d o r acleodora on December 30th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I should've posted my Discworld comments here instead of on your LJ, to promote group discussion! XD Oh well, I'll repeat myself and maybe go into more detail.

My favourite Discworld book is Feet of Clay, and my favourite arc is the Watch arc, although it's the arc I came to last. When I was younger my favourite arc was Death and I think the best Death book is maybe Reaper Man or Hogfather.

I'm half-way through Snuff and I'm enjoying it but not as much as the other Watch books. I guess I feel like it's not really adding anything to Vimes' character and I miss Carrot and Cheery and the others. It is good though!

I think the funniest Discworld book is The Last Continent. I find Rincewind really dull but the other wizards are hilarious.

My favourite stand-alone is probably The Truth. I don't think I like any of the others much. I liked Going Postal but now that it has a sequel I kind of think of it as a little arc of its own.

Oh, and my favourite Witches one is probably Witches Abroad.
meredith caitmabith on December 30th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Oops, I just did the same thing without thinking, so I'll put the Discworld part here too. :)

I think favorites with Discworld might depend a little on whether they're listened to or read. I think it probably helps Rincewind the most. Witches Abroad is definitely tied with Maskerade for me (and they're all really close anyway).

Last Continent is super favorite for me too. I love the wizards doing their hilarious thing. If I were forced at gun point to choose one favorite I would still have to choose two (Reaper Man and Hogfather since they've got lovely Death-ness but also lots of great wizard stuff).

I think with Vimes there's not a whole lot more that can be easily added to his characters, but I do think he does grow in Snuff (and was about to say but then realized you're not done with it yet!). I would have reread it fairly soon anyway but the reason I've done it so much is that the audio is on my Kindle. So if I've got a five-ten minute drive or I'm cooking or whatever I'll put it on (it keeps your place indefinitely) when I don't have music handy.
Who fears lunacy?lunarkissed on December 31st, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
That's a lot of Pratchett. And I see you read a bit of Juliet Marillier too. I have the newest Sevenwaters book to read still.

I bought Hood and Scarlet at a used bookstore this week. I'm looking forward to them!
meredith caitmabith on December 31st, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
That trilogy by Lawhead isn't bad. It's hard for me to tell though because I listened to the audio versions which were done HORRIBLY and of course distracted me from the books themselves. They're interesting though (especially the first one).

They used an American reader who attempted awful accents, as if there aren't scores of actual Welsh people who could have done the job. I think Dick Van Dyke would have done a better job reading them, and that's saying something.
Who fears lunacy?: Night Circuslunarkissed on December 31st, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
I'm at the point that I won't listen to narrators that I am not enjoying their performance. I listened to a bad audiobook of Tarzan of the Apes and I think it left a distasteful impression.

I imagine I shall read these first two volumes and if I like them well enough, I can buy Tuck to finish the trilogy. Otherwise there's the library!
meredith caitmabith on December 31st, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
ha, I think I tried to listen to that same Tarzan reader (in Tarzan the Untamed though). Couldn't do it. I mean you just shouldn't have an American reader when all (or nearly all) the characters in the book are European and especially not when most of them are English. It's ridiculous. Plus the guy was doing this awful German accent.

I kept at it with the Lawhead books because I was quite interested in them but my library had switched their editions to mass market paperbacks which I can't read at all. I can't hold books much in general but MMs are impossible. If I've got a good embroidery project then I can lose myself a bit and ignore the bad reading.
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