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


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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