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Best Books of 2011

December 31, 2011

You’d think someone who keeps a list of books read each year would have an easier time coming up with the list of the best books of 2011.

I also haven’t finished the books I acquired this year, from BEA, or from Edinburgh. 

Genres I couldn’t get enough of this year: Foodie lit and memoir! Supernatural mystery things! Historical fiction! (And yes, Regency romance.) None of these are surprising.

Some books I really, really liked, in no particular order:

Season To Taste– Molly Birnbaum. Finished 6/24. ??? pages. My first read on a Kindle. Fascinating foodie memoir, about a would-be chef who loses her sense of smell, then has to figure out the new normal.

Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore– Stella Duffy

Creating a Meal You’ll Love- Mark Chimsky-Lustig. Food essays? Why, yes! 

The Night Circus– Erin Morgenstern. Finished 6/17. BEA book. 384 pages. Gorgeous!

In A Treacherous Court- Michelle Diener. ARC from Simon and Schuster/ Gallery Books. 301 pages. Historical fiction set in Tudor England with painters, spies, intrigue and romance. LOVED IT.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. 

The Shattering– Karen Healey. 320 pages. Finished 7/20. Oh. MY GOD! Fantasy adventure, set in New Zealand. Grabbed me from page 1 and I devoured it. Loved it. May be one of my best of 2011.

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  1. January 1, 2012 11:55 am

    I couldn’t come up with Best nor rank them, so went with ‘Memorable Reads’ instead and just finished one which I haven’t reviewed yet Abraham Verghese’s ‘Cutting for Stone’. Brilliant.

    Would love to read Stella Duffy’s Theodora, bit of a genre change which is interesting and have heard good things about ‘The Night Circus’.

    Good luck with your 2012 challenges!

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