12.31.2011

The year in books

Books read in 2011: 125

You'll find 10 memorable books read in 2011 here.


January (reviews/discussion here)
The Nest Home Design Handbook (Carley Roney)
Decorating Ideas That Work (Heather J. Paper)
Speed Decorating (Jill Vegas)
Flip! for Decorating (Elizabeth Mayhew)
Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide (Kerrie L. Kelly)
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Amy Chua; memoir, parenting)
Macbeth (William Shakespeare; play, classic)
The Other Side of the Island (Allegra Goodman; fiction)
A Lantern in Her Hand (Bess Streeter Aldrich; fiction)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Winifred Watson; fiction)

March (reviews/discussion here)
The Source of All Things: A Memoir (Tracy Ross; memoir, review copy)
Heaven Is for Real (Todd Burpo; memoir, religion)

April (reviews/discussion here)
Things a Brother Knows (Dana Reinhart; YA fiction)
Illyria (Elizabeth Hand; fiction)
The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare; play, classic)
Model Home (Eric Puchner; fiction)
Mouse Guard, Volume 1: Fall 1152 (David Petersen; graphic novel)
Mouse Guard, Volume 2: Winter 1152 (David Petersen; graphic novel)
The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child (Barbara D. Rosof)
Beyond Tears: Living after Losing a Child (Ellen Mitchell)
Love Never Dies: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Love (Sandy Goodman)
After the Death of a Child: Living with Loss through the Years (Ann K. Finkbeiner)
Trapped (Michael Northrop; YA fiction)
Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; fiction)
The Colony (Jillian Marie Weise; fiction)
The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country (Neil Gaiman; graphic novel)

May (reviews/discussion here)
Daughters-in-Law (Joanna Trollope; fiction)
Sempre Susan (Sigrid Nunez; memoir)
Gardening Step by Step (Phil Clayton, et al.)
John Brookes' Natural Landscapes (John Brookes)
Month-by-Month Gardening in Illinois (James A. Fizzell)
The New Gardener (Pippa Greenwood)
Glorious Gardens (Jacqueline Heriteau)
Midwest Top 10 Garden Guide (Bonnie Monte, ed.)
Midwest Gardens (Pamela Wolfe)
Low Maintenance Garden (Jenny Hendy)
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Archery (Bernhard A. Roth)
Know the Sport: Archery (John Adams)
Sherlock Holmes: More Short Stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; fiction)
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton; YA fiction)
The Raising (Laura Kasischke; fiction)
The Life before Her Eyes (Laura Kasischke; fiction)
No Time for Goodbye (Linwood Barclay; fiction)
Too Close to Home (Linwood Barclay; fiction)

June (reviews/discussion here)
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth (Alexandra Robbins; non-fiction, education)
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch (Alison Arngrim; memoir)
Pitch Uncertain (Maisie Houghton; memoir)
The Silent Land (Graham Joyce; fiction)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare; play, classic)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; fiction)
Robopocalypse (Daniel H. Wilson; science fiction)

July (reviews/discussion here)
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout (Lauren Redniss; graphic biography)
A Short Course in Canon PowerShot S5 IS Photography
Short Stories (Doyle, Henry, Poe; fiction)
The Winter's Tale (William Shakespeare; classic, play)
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card; science fiction)
The Sister Knot (Terri Apter; psychology)
My Man Jeeves (P.J. Wodehouse; fiction, audiobook)
Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges--and Find Themselves (Dave Marcus; non-fiction)
The Millionaire Next Door (Thomas Stanley; non-fiction, personal finance)
Fear the Worst (Linwood Barclay; fiction)

August (reviews and discussion here)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells; classic science fiction)
Umbrella Summer (Lia Graff; YA fiction)
Sarah's Key (Tatiana de Rosay; fiction)
Never Look Away (Linwood Barclay; fiction)
Blank Confession (Pete Hautman; YA fiction)
Joy for Beginners (Erica Bauermeister; fiction)
Boy Heaven (Laura Kasischke; YA fiction)
Feathered (Laura Kasischke; YA fiction)
Daytripper (Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon; graphic novel)
In a Perfect World (Laura Kasischke; fiction)
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Alan Jacobs; non-fiction)
One Day (David Nicholls; fiction)
The Idle Parent (Tom Hodgkinson; non-fiction)
Drawing Birds (John Busby; non-fiction)
Be Mine (Laura Kasischke; fiction)
Suspicion River (Laura Kasischke; fiction)
White Bird in a Blizzard (Laura Kasischke; fiction)
Want to Go Private? (Sarah Littman; YA fiction)
Mid-Life (Joe Ollmann; graphic novel)
A Hope in the Unseen (Ron Suskind; non-fiction)
A New Culture of Learning (Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown; non-fiction)
The Accident (Linwood Barclay; fiction)
The Hypnotist (Lars Kepler; fiction)
This Beautiful Life (Helen Schulman; fiction)
Beginner's Guide to Traditional Archery (Brian Sorrells; non-fiction)
This Girl Is Different (J.J. Johnson; YA fiction)

September (reviews and discussion here)
Before I Go to Sleep (S.J. Watson; fiction)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith; fiction)
101 Things I Hate about Your House (James Swan; non-fiction)
DMZ: Volume 9: MIA (Brian Wood; graphic fiction)
The Leftovers (Tom Perrotta; fiction)
Barns of Illinois (Larry and Alaina Kanfer; non-fiction)
Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work (Tim Gunn; non-fiction)

October (reviews and discussion here)
The Sibling Effect (Jeffrey Kluger; non-fiction)
The Magic Flute (P. Craig Russell; graphic retelling)
Johnny Tremain (Esther Forbes; fiction)
Henry IV, Part I (William Shakespeare; classic, play)
The Belles Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry Prince of France (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1956; art)
Très Riches Heures: Behind the Gothic Masterpiece (Lillian Schachert; art)
The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor (Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga; fiction)
Feynman (Jim Ottaviani; graphic biography)

November (reviews and discussion here)
Blue Nights (Joan Didion; memoir)
Henry IV, Part II (William Shakespeare; play, classic)
Elizabeth Rex (Timothy Findley; play)
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (Michael Pollan; non-fiction)
Toxic Parents (Susan Forward; psychology)
DMZ: Volume 10: Collective Punishment (Brian Wood; graphic fiction)

December (reviews and discussion here)
The Schwa Was Here (Neal Shusterman; YA fiction)
My Lobotomy (Howard Dully; memoir)
World War Z (Max Brooks; fiction)
Mean Mothers (Peg Streep; psychology)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs; fiction)
Twisted Summer (Willo Davis Roberts; YA fiction)
The Grounding of Group 6 (Julian F. Thompson; YA fiction)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding; fiction)
Brain Jack (Brian Falkner; YA fiction)
Tomorrow Code (Brian Falkner; YA fiction)
Missed Connections (Sophie Blackall; art)
Why We Broke Up (Daniel Handler; YA fiction)
Drawing from Memory (Allen Say; graphic biography)
Pilgrimage (Annie Leibowitz; photography)
The Heights (Peter Hedges; fiction)
The Creative Habit (Twyla Tharp; non-fiction)
The Kitchen Madonna (Rumer Godden; juvenile fiction)

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