2011 reading list

yeah, it’s a few weeks into the new year already, but who fucking cares. this is what i read in 2011.

infinite possibilities – mike dooley
eating animals – jonathan safran foer
the duchess – amanda foreman
when fox was a thousand – laryssa lai
the golden compass,
the amber spyglass,
the subtle knife – philip pullman
the magician’s nephew,
the lion, the witch and the wardrobe,
the horse & his boy,
the voyage of the dawn treader,
the silver chair,
the last battle – cs lewis
no country for old men – cormac mccarthy
lies my teacher told me – james w loewen
the vagina monologues – eve ensler
anne of green gables,
anne of avonlea,
anne of the island,
anne of windy poplars,
anne’s house of dreams,
anne of inglewood,
rainbow valley,
rilla of ingleside – lm montgomery
salt – mark kurlansky
the journey prize anthology
girl goddess #9 – francesca lia block
wind, sand and stars – antione de sainte exupery
jinian footseer,
dervish daughter,
jinian stareye,
kings blood four,
necromancer nine,
wizard’s eleven – sherri s. tepper
matigari – ngugi wa thiongo
things fall apart – chinua achebe
i was amelia earhart – jane mendlesohn
what is the what – valentino achak deng & dave eggers
the edible woman,
cat’s eye,
life before man – margaret atwood
the room – emma donoghue
necklace of kisses – francesca lia block
love in the time of cholera – gg marquez
the autograph man – zadie smith
tender is the night – f. scott fitzgerald
master & margarita – mikhail bulgakov
songbird journeys – miyoko chu
naive. super – erland loe

i know i’m missing a few, but that’s something i’ll just have to let rest. as it is, the list weighs in at fifty one titles, up from a low of twenty six in 2009.

i re-read a tonne of books last year; thirty one of the fifty were re-reads. the most disappointing re-read was the chronicles of narnia. i read them around age ten, and again at seventeen or eighteen, and enjoyed them both times, but on this read-through the overt sexist and christian themes really got to me. i re-read anne of green gables for the first time since 2004 and still found the characters, writing and themes super charming. and of course i loved the his dark materials trilogy! it’s immensely moving every time i return to it.

the new reads i enjoyed most: middlesex, master and margarita, naive.super, eating animals, what is the what, everything listed by sherri s. tepper.

least favourite new reads: the room, tender is the night, the autograph man.

care to share the best books you encountered last year?

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2 thoughts on “2011 reading list

  1. Twilight. HAHA! Just kidding.

    I actually re-read Jane Ayre. There’s something totally compelling to me about about British austerity and the (modest) pride they took in it.

    Might I suggest reading the Song of Fire and Ice series? I generally hate fantasy novels but it’s written like low-fantasy so it almost feels historic. If not for the dragons. And fantasy zombies.

    1. i’ve never read jane ayre. if you have read it at least twice, that’s an endorsement for me!

      so glad you mentioned song of fire and ice! i meant to look it up last summer but totally forgot. sweeeeet! i often love fantasy, so i’m looking forward to digging into it. the tv show was gripping, so the books must be even better.

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