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    Default Favorite Books of 2011

    What were your favorite books of the year?

    What do experts say are the "Best Books of the Year"? Do you agree? Do you disagree?


    Here are some Best Of 2011 Lists:

    I found this blog, which aggregates all the Best-Of lists out there.
    Largehearted Boy

    The New York Times list:
    NYT Best of 2011
    NYT Best 10 of 2011

    Flavorwire's Top Ten of the NYT Top 100:
    Flavorwire

    What are yours? Share your favorites and any lists you find!
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    Off the top of my head, I really liked A Visit from the Goon Squad and Roger Ebert's memoir, Life Itself. I just started Wendy and the Lost Boys, which might be another contender. But even though I am always reading something, this wasn't a great year for me in terms of reading great books...I haven't read much of the NYT list, though, so maybe there's more out there?
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    Looking back through my Goodreads, these are the books I gave 4 or 5 stars to (obviously, these are books I read in 2011, not necessarily books released in 2011):

    5 Stars:
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware
    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - not sure if this technically counts since I reread it this year, but it's still one of my favorites for the year!

    4 Stars (there were more, but these were my favorites of the 4 stars)
    Juliet by Anne Fortier
    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
    22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
    A Hidden Affair by Pam Jennoff
    ~~ "We're adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?" - Merideth Grey, Grey's Anatomy~~

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    My top rated books this year from Goodreads:

    Jamrach's Menagerie
    The Sense of an Ending
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    Sisters Brothers
    The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
    Never Let Me Go
    Snowdrops
    Unbroken
    The Next 100 Years
    Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien

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    I'm still trying to squish in a couple of reads before the end of the year, but here's where I stand right now.

    Favorite Fiction


    1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    3. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    4. 22 Britannia Road: A Novel by Amanda Hodgkinson
    5. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
    6. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
    7. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

    Favorite Nonfiction

    1. Bossypants by Tina Fey
    2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    3. One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets by Broyard Bliss
    4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
    5. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
    6. Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe
    7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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    Five Stars from Goodreads:

    1. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (my new all time favorite book)
    2. Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway (non-fiction)
    3. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher (to be fair, a re-read, but it's one of my favorites)
    4. September (ditto above)

    Huh. Two of my favorites of the year are oldies that I re-read every couple of years. I had a ton of 1-2 star duds, so it wasn't a stellar book year for me.
    wife 08.10.02
    mother 11.01.03 and 09.01.06

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    Rosebud, as usual our lists overlap quite a bit! I would add these to my favorite fiction for the year:

    The Year We Left Home, Jean Thompson
    Dreams of Joy, Lisa See
    The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obrecht

    I would say the last one wasn't so much one of my most enjoyable reads of the year as much as it sort of awed me.

    The book I just didn't get that lots of people seemed to love this year was Skippy Dies. I just thought it was overrated and too long, but it was a real critical darling.

    I'm hoping to read a couple of others before the end of the year, so I will come back and add if anything is fabulous.
    Leo 12/5/08 ...and Ivy 7/26/12

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    Cactus, I struggled with whether or not to include The Tiger's Wife on my list. There were parts that were so brilliant and parts that did nothing for me.

    Interesting that you didn't care for Skippy Dies. I keep meaning to read it, but it's so darn long.

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    Top 5 Fiction:
    11/22/63
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    The Informationist
    Still Alice
    In the Woods

    Top non-fiction:
    The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared
    Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother

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    Looking through the books I read this year. My top 5's were:

    Fiction:
    A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
    Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann


    Nonfiction:
    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand
    Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi
    Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pagent for Lincoln's Corpse by James L. Swanson
    Caucasia by Danzy Senna
    Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

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