Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Books: 2011 in Review

A Few Statistics
  • Number of Books Read: 39
  • Number of Books That Were Fiction: 35
  • Number of Books Written by a Woman: 24
  • Number of Books That Were at Least Partially Set Outside the United States: 18
A Full Listing of the Books I Read (in the order I read them):
  • Take Me Home by Brian Leung
  • Displaced Persons by Ghita Schwarz
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard
  • The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
  • The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi
  • What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman
  • Dear Husband by Joyce Carol Oates
  • You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
  • The Gendarme by Mark Mustian
  • Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  • Solo by Rana Dasgupta
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Laurie Moore
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
  • Accordian Crimes by Annie Proulx
  • Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
  • Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones
  • Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
  • The First Desire by Nancy Reisman
  • The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  • The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
  • Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
My Top Books of 2011
(This is hard. Very hard. But there are the six books I awarded 5 stars on Goodreads. An additional sixteen books received 4 stars, fourteen received 3 stars, three received 2 stars, and one received 1 star.)
  • Tinkers
  • Age of Orphans
  • The Invisible Bridge
  • The Personal History of Rachel Dupree
  • Once Upon a River
  • Unbroken

3 comments:

Ann Weisgarber said...

Theresa, thank you many times over for including Rachel DuPree on your list of six. I'm thrilled beyond words to find it surrounded by five premier books.

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