A Year in Reading

In my continuing “ode to 2011” posts, here’s a look at the books I read this year. It’s hard to pick a favorite; they were all so great in different ways.

Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Best Kept Secret, Amy Hatvany

All That is Bitter and Sweet, Ashley Judd

Sky of Red Poppies, Zohreh Ghahremani

 The Law of Similars, Chris Bohjalian

Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones

The Stormchasers, Jenna Blum

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, Gail Collins

The Saturday Wife, Naomi Regan

Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority, Sue Fishkoff

Secrets of Eden, Chris Bohjalian

 Townie, Andre Dubus III

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman

Little Bee, Chris Cleave

Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay

The Orchard, Theresa Weir

Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls

The Reading Promise, Alice Ozma

Second Draft of My Life, Sara Lewis

All the books I read are reviewed over on the Bookshelf page. I did start other books; but if I’m not into a story, I stop reading. I firmly believe life’s too short for a bad book. 2011 also saw the closing of one of our favorite stores — Borders. The holiday season just wasn’t the same without purchases from Borders.

How about you — What was the best or most memorable book you read in 2011? What’s on your list for 2012?

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