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,
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
kings blood four,
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,
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?