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Monday, January 9, 2012

Books of 2011

I've always been a big reader.
Or at least I thought I was until I met J.B..
Now that boy is a Reader {with a capital R!}. He goes through about two books a week on average. He's one of those people that can read while doing anything - watching tv, doing the dishes, getting dressed, etc. He flies through a book and remembers everything about it years later.

Not me. I need silence, a comfy spot, and a drink to sip on to get into a good book. I forget a lot of what happens in even my favorite books after a few months has passed. It's actually not a bad problem to have because then I can go back and reread it again as if it was almost new to me!

But anyway, this post wasn't supposed to tell you what kind of nerds J.B. and I are. 
I was going to talk about the books of 2011. At least, the ones I read - the good, bad, and embarrassing.
Here's my list:


The Help - by Kathryn Sockett
The Hunger Games - by Suzanne Collins {twice}
Catching Fire - by Suzanne Collins {twice}
Mockingjay -by Suzanne Collins {twice}
Divergent - by Veronica Roth {twice}
The Kite Runner - by Khaled Hosseini
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire - by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - by Stieg Larsson
Delirium - by Lauren Oliver 
Something Borrowed - by Emily Griffin
Something Blue - by Emily Griffin 
                                  Heart of the Matter - by Emily Griffin 
Baby Proof - by Emily Griffin
Sundays at Tiffany's - by James Patterson
The Maze Runner - by James Dashner
The Scorch Trials - by James Dashner
The Death Cure - by James Dashner
Total Money Makeover - by Dave Ramsey

As you can see, I'm a big fan of fiction. And ever since I read the Hunger Games trilogy last spring {and again this fall} I've really been on a dystopia/alternate reality kick - don't confuse this with SciFi, which I'm not into. But if you liked the Hunger Games, I'd definitely suggest Divergent, The Maze Runner trilogy, and Delirium.

 Favorite Books I Reread This Year:
The DaVinci Code - by Dan Brown
Blue Like Jazz - by Donald Miller
The Glass Castle - by Jeanette Walls
Jane Eyre - by Charlotte Bronte


 Currently Reading:
A Thousand Splendid Suns - by Khaled Hosseini
What To Expect: The First Year - by Heidi Murkoff
Belly Laughs - by Jenny McCarthy

2012 Book List:

Nope, that's not a typo. There's pretty much nothing on the reading docket for 2012.
This where I need your help!
I get so overwhelmed walking into a bookstore. So many options. And I hate being too bored to finish something so my expectations are always high.

So pretty please comment below or send me a note of some of your very favorites.
I'd love to have a big fat reading list this year!


  1. If you liked The DaVinci Code, then you'll love Dan Brown's other fiction works: Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol. I love Dan Brown because, even though his works are completely fiction, he uses places and situations that are completely real and factual. I actually have all but The Lost Symbol (which I borrowed from a friend to read), and you can totally borrow them. I actually ordered The Hunger Games recently, and am looking forward to reading it along with the rest of that trilogy.

  2. My mom just read Half Broken Horses which is the prequel to The Glass Castle, she loved it so much that she went back and re-read The Glass Castle (and she is NOT a re-reader!). Also really loved Bossypants this year, too!

  3. Chris - Oh! I was so excited when I read the words "If you liked the DaVinci Code..." because duh, I loved it. But I've read (and own) all of these other works too. Dan Brown is fantastic! I like him for the exact same reason you said! Ran to the store to buy Lost Symbol the day it came out (nerd alert).
    Enjoy the Hunger Games!! And if you want to borrow anything else I listed, let me know!

    Emily - Thanks! I've picked up Half Broken Horses before to read but never cracked the cover. I'll have to add these to the list!

  4. I'm still trying to get everyone to read Angelology by Danielle Trussoni. If you like Dan Brown, you'll also really enjoy this one!

  5. Anything and EVERYTHING by Nicholas Sparks. Anything by Janet Evanovich, starting with her first book "One for the Money" and reading from there...she is hilarious! "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a cult classic. If you appreciate a good Christian novel, anything by Francine Rivers will blow you away. "Redeeming Love," "The Atonement Child," and "THe Shofar Blew" are some of my favorites. If you love Emily Giffin, which I do, then you will love anything by Sophie Kinsella, who wrote the Shopaholic series and has several other stand alone novels that are wonderful. "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey. "The Last Child" by John Hart is a fantastic thriller. "Two Kisses for Maddy" and "Stolen Innocence" are two of my favorite most recently read memoirs. I could go on for days, but I'll stop now. Enjoy reading!

  6. The Five People You Meet In Heaven and Tuesday's With Morrie both by Mitch Albom. Anything by Jody Picoult is really good. Also Kristen Hannah has awesome books. I read Firefly Lane was my favorite and I am currently reading Winter Garden.

  7. I love this post! You have great taste in books, and there are several here I haven't read. Thanks for posting! I've been reading like crazy lately, so I'm glad to have several more to add to my list. :)

  8. If you like the Glass Castle you should check out Half Broke Horses! She writes about her grandmother's life. I always enjoy reading anything by Bill Bryson too!

    I wrote a similar post about my favorite 10 books I read this year. (I always feel cheesy leaving links to my own blog - but maybe you'll be interested in one!) http://withywindle.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/the-10-best-books-i-read-in-2011/