Overall, 2011 was terrible year for me reading-wise. There were long periods where I read nothing beyond skimming the newspapers and blogs. There was far more frivolous than serious reading.There were other periods were I was up to only reading a page or two a night. There is also a fairly long list (for me anyway) of books I feel I must read again, books I feel that I fell got short shrift because I was too distracted to focus on them and give them the attention they deserved.
Still, I feel the need to make some kind of accounting. If I reviewed a book on the blog there is a link, although you will notice that my ability to take time for reviews stopped for the most part as I got busy preparing to sell our old house and move.
Books I feel I need to read again are marked in red. In the case of Hustvedt and Wallace, I just felt that I wasn't paying enough attention. I loved both of the Atwood novels, and they still hover on the fringes of my thoughts, making me think they deserve further consideration.
1. Freedman, David H. Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us and How to Know When Not to Trust Them.
2. Lebenthal, Alexandra. The Recessionistas.
3. Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler's Wife.
4. McMurtry, Larry. Books.
5. Ripley, Amanda. The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes -- And Why.
6. Akroyd, Peter. The Trial of Elizabeth Cree.
7. Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees.
8. Kozol, Maggie. The Color of Atmosphere.
9. Patterson, James. The Postcard Killers.
10. Woods, Stuart. Lucid Intervals.
11. Chabon, Michael. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
12. Cahill, Thomas. How the Irish Saved Civilization.
13. Dineson, Isaak. Out of Africa.
14. Hirigoyen, Gerard. Pintxos.
15. Hoeg, Peter. The Woman and the Ape.
16. Lewis, Michael. The Big Short.
17. Martin, Charles. Chasing Fireflies.
18. Doland, Erin. Unclutterer: Unclutter Your Life In One Week
19. Chabris, Christopher. The Invisible Gorilla.
20. Chabon, Michael. Summerland.
21. Child, Lee. Worth Dying For.
22. Child, Lee. 61 Hours.
23. Winter, Kathleen. Annabel.
24. McLain, Paula. The Paris Wife.
25. Franzen, Jonathan. The Discomfort Zone.
26. Woods, Stuart. Fresh Disasters.
27. Wallace, David Foster. The Pale King.
28. Hamill, Pete. Tabloid City.
29. Woods, Stuart. Hot Mahogany.
30. Taubes, Gary. Why We Get Fat
31. Watts, Duncan. Everything is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer.
32. Brooks, Geraldine. Caleb's Crossing.
33. Howe, Ben Ryder. My Korean Deli.
34. Lovell, Mary S. The Churchills: In Love and War.
35. Child, Julia. My Life in France.
36. Reich, Christopher. Rules of Betrayal.
37. Gordon, Mary. The Love of My Youth.
38. Staniszewski, Mary Ann. Believing is Seeing: Creating the Culture of Art.
39. Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games.
40. Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire.
41. Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay.
42. Jansson, Tove. Fair Play.
43. Neville, Stuart. Collusion.
44. Atwood, Margaret. The Year of the Flood.
45. Stockett, Kathryn. The Help.
46. Hustvedt, Siri. The Summer Without Men.
47. Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake.
48. McPhee, Stephanie Pearl. Knitting Rules!
49. McPhee, Stephanie Pearl. All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin.
50. McPhee, Stephanie Pearl. Free Range Knitter.
51. Child, Lee. The Affair.
52. Peacock, Nancy. A Broom of One's Own.
There was very little reading after September aside from the Stephanie Pearl McPhee books which were very light and could be read a few pages at a time. The last two books were read my first few days in Knoxville.
Azar Nafisi -- Things I've Been Silent About
Andrea Eames -- The Cry of the Go Away Bird.