Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Books in Review

I read 68 books in 2011. That seems like a lot to me, averaging over one a week. Yet I still feel like my time would be better served reading more books and less blogs - and definitely watching less television. I review every book that I read on Goodreads, so check out my reviews for recommendations. But here are the best books I read last year.
Favorite 5 stars:

Sapphique (#2 Incarceron series), by Catherine Fisher
The One Hundred, by Nina Garcia
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness - I gave the entire Chaos Walking Trilogy high marks
Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton

Noteable 4 stars:

Dancing in my Nuddypants & Away Laughing on a Fast Camel, by Louise Rennison (hilarious series)
Mini-Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella (another light comedy)
My Life in France, by Julia Child
Daddy Long Legs, by Jean Webster (I bought this!)
Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear
Bloody Jack, by L.A. Meyer

My list for 2012:
The Book of Mormon (I will re-read this as my church studies it for Sunday School this year)
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (how have I never read this!?!)
finish Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte - another I have missed over the years but am 70% through
The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
I Am the Messenger, by Marcus Zusak
The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton

I actually have 184 books on my To-Read list, but those are the ones I really want to get to in 2012.

Tara's bookshelf: read

Naughty in Nice
The Apothecary's Daughter
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Falling Together
Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 175 Projects and Year-Round Inspiration for Everybody's Favorite Celebrations
The Distant Hours
Birds of a Feather
The Persian Pickle Club
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Cold Sassy Tree
Along Came a Spider
One Day
The Red Pyramid
Dear Enemy
Ten-Gallon Bart and the Wild West Show
The Great Doughnut Parade
Glory in Death
Les Misérables
Charlotte's Web
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Tara Carpenter's favorite books »



Susan said...

TOTALLY agree on the Chaos Walking series. It's one of my absolute favorites. Loved JELLICO ROAD as well. I still haven't read SAPPHIQUE - I really, really, really need to. I'll have to check out the other books on your list that I haven't read yet.

Happy New Year!

Katie said...

I love your blog, I just discovered it! Thanks for the list, I just added a bunch to my to-read list!