Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Books of 2011



  • [December]
  • 112. The Adventures of Tintin: The Broken Ear - Herge
  • 111. Just Kids - Patti Smith
  • 110. A Prologue to Love - Taylor Caldwell (re-read)
  • 109. The Misanthrope's Guide to Life (Go Away!) - Meghan Rowland and Chris Turner-Neal
  • 108. The Mist - Stephen King
  • 107. Darkness Visible - William Styron
  • 106. Three Men on the Bummel - Jerome K. Jerome
  • 105. I'm Not the New Me - Wendy McClure
  • 104. Last Exit Before Toll - Neal Shaffer
  • 103. An Old-Fashioned Girl - Louisa May Alcott

  • [November]
  • 102. Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father - John Matteson
  • 101. Please Look After Mom - Kyung-Sook Shin
  • 100. Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin
  • 99. Everyday Foods in War Time - Mary Swartz Rose (Foodies' Reading Challenge)
  • 98. Joe - Larry Brown
  • 97. The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt (Canadian Book Challenge 5)
  • 96. The Blue Sweater - Jacqueline Novogratz
  • 95. Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick (Bookleaves Book Group)

  • [October]
  • 94. U and I - Nicholson Baker
  • 93. Understood Betsy - Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • 92. The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti - Rick Geary
  • 91. The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans - Rick Geary
  • 90. The Onion Field - Joseph Wambaugh
  • 89. Untitled Thesis - Valerie Hamer
  • 88. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (Canadian Book Challenge 5)
  • 87. Shock for the Secret Seven - Enid Blyton
  • 86. Wilderness Tips - Margaret Atwood (Canadian Book Challenge 5)
  • 85. Joshua Then and Now - Mordecai Richler (Canadian Book Challenge 5)

  • [September]
  • 84. Please Don't Shoot My Dog - Jackie Cooper
  • 83. The Jump-Off Creek - Molly Gloss
  • 82. Are You Really Going To Eat That? - Robb Walsh (Foodies' Reading Challenge)
  • 81. Before I Go To Sleep - S.J. Watson
  • 80. Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay (Bookleaves Book Group)
  • 79. Dance on the Earth - Margaret Laurence (Canadian Book Challenge 5)
  • 78. Puzzle for the Secret Seven - Enid Blyton (Cracked Spinz Book Group)
  • 77. My Thoughts Be Bloody - Nora Titone
  • 76. Little Men - Louisa May Alcott

  • [August]
  • 75. Becoming Jane Eyre - Sheila Kohler
  • 74. Get Out of Bed! - Robert Munsch (Canadian Book Challenge 5, Support Your Local Library Challenge)
  • 73. Andrew's Loose Tooth - Robert Munsch (Canadian Book Challenge 5, Support Your Local Library Challenge)
  • 72. Show and Tell - Robert Munsch (Canadian Book Challenge 5, Support Your Local Library Challenge)
  • 71. Thomas' Snowsuit - Robert Munsch (Canadian Book Challenge 5, Support Your Local Library Challenge)
  • 70. I Have To Go! - Robert Munsch (Canadian Book Challenge 5, Support Your Local Library Challenge)
  • 69. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
  • 68. Nashville Chrome - Rick Bass
  • 67. Maria's Wedding - Nunzio De Filippis, Christina Weir and Jose Garibaldi
  • 66. American Bee - James Maguire
  • 65. Shit My Dad Says - Justin Halpern
  • 64. Moral Disorder - Margaret Atwood (Canadian Book Challenge 5)
  • 63. The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • [July]
  • 62. Here If You Need Me - Kate Braestrup
  • 61. Sorry to be so Cheerful - Hildegarde Dolson
  • 60. A Stolen Life - Jaycee Dugard
  • 59. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
  • 58. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter - Simone de Beauvoir (Paris in July Challenge)
  • 57. Rhett Butler's People - Donald McCaig
  • 56. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
  • 55. The Wilder Life - Wendy McClure
  • 54. Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

  • [June]
  • 53. 127 Hours - Aron Ralston
  • 52. A Hell of a Woman - Jim Thompson
  • 51. The Road Past Altamont - Gabrielle Roy (Canadian Book Challenge 4)
  • 50. 50 Below Zero - Robert Munsch (Canadian Book Challenge 4, re-read)
  • 49. In a Lonely Place - Dorothy B. Hughes
  • 48. Go The F**k To Sleep (audiobook) - Adam Mansbach, Samuel L. Jackson
  • 47. A Visit from the Good Squad - Jennifer Egan (The Pulitzer Project)
  • 46. Bound for Glory - Woody Guthrie
  • 45. Spoken from the Heart - Laura Bush
  • 44. John Barleycorn - Jack London (Support Your Local Library Challenge)
  • 43. The Help - Kathryn Stockett (Bookleaves Book Group)

  • [May]
  • 42. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway (re-read)
  • 41. Room - Emma Donoghue (Canadian Book Challenge 4)
  • 40. My Antonia - Willa Cather (The Western Read-Along Challenge)
  • 39. Martin Eden - Jack London (Support Your Local Library Challenge)
  • 38. Hardboiled Hollywood - Max Decharne
  • 37. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery (Bookleaves Book Group)

  • [April]
  • 36. Scott O'Dell (Who Wrote That? Series) - Hal Marcovitz
  • 35. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White (re-read, The Newbery Project)
  • 34. Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell (Bookleaves Book Group, The Newbery Project, Reading Madly Challenge)
  • 33. The Grifters - Jim Thompson
  • 32. Cake Wrecks - Jen Yates (Foodies' Reading Challenge)
  • 31. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - Horace McCoy
  • 30. Happy Birthday Or Whatever - Annie Choi
  • 29. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney (Canadian Book Challenge 4)

  • [March]
  • 28. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (Cracked Spinz Book Group)
  • 27. 84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
  • 26. Lucky - Wes Tooke
  • 25. Another Bullshit Night In Suck City - Nick Flynn
  • 24. True Grit - Charles Portis (Bookleaves Book Club, re-read, Page-to-Screen Challenge)
  • 23. The Cariboo Horses - Alfred Purdy (Canadian Book Challenge 4)

  • [February]
  • 22. Me Write Book: It Bigfoot Memoir - Graham Roumieu (Canadian Book Challenge 4)
  • 21. Carrie - Stephen King (re-read)
  • 20. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton Readalong, The Pulitzer Project, Page-to-Screen Challenge)
  • 19. Adventures with the Buddha - Jeffrey Paine (Support Your Local Library Challenge)
  • 18. Your Right To Be Beautiful - Tonya Zavasta
  • 17. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen (Bookleaves Book Club)
  • 16. To Paris Never Again - Al Purdy (Canadian Book Challenge 4)
  • 15. The Custom of the Country - Edith Wharton
  • 14. Book Lust To Go - Nancy Pearl
  • 13. Mother Love, Deadly Love - Anne McDonald Maier

  • [January]
  • 12. Parched - Heather King
  • 11. The Piano Tuner - Daniel Mason (Bookleaves Book Club)
  • 10. Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell (Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge)
  • 9. White Noise - Don DeLillo (Bookleaves Book Club)
  • 8. Veronica - Mary Gaitskill
  • 7. Loving Frank - Nancy Horan
  • 6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth - Jeff Kinney (TBR Challenge)
  • 5. Hitch-22 - Christopher Hitchens (TBR Challenge)
  • 4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (TBR Challenge)
  • 3. A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain - Robert Olen Butler (The Pulitzer Project, TBR Challenge)
  • 2. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (Bookleaves Book Club, TBR Challenge)
  • 1. The Best of Everything - Rona Jaffe (Reading Madly Challenge, TBR Challenge)

7 comments:

fantsmacle said...

So organized! Quite a list here. Some very good ones, but most of these books I've never even heard of. What was the best book of the year? Good luck this new year.

Carrie#K said...

Looks like it was a very good year! Here's to another one....happy new year!

jenclair said...

You've had a very good year! Happy reading in 2012, Bybee!

softdrink said...

Jinx on the 112!!

Kathleen said...

Congratulations on a great reading year in 2011! I hope you read just as many or more in 2012!

Ken & Carol said...

Shouldn't one be penalized for reading truly awful books?

Bybee said...

Ken & Carol: Penalty? Sometimes, you don't know they're truly awful until you're well into them. Innocent blundering.