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05:54 pm - Books I read in 2011
This year I tried to read:
-More books than I did in 2010 (I read exactly the same number)
-More non-fiction (I read a few, but there were a lot more I started and just couldn't get into)
-More Canadian fiction, and more non-European/non-American fiction (Yes to both!)
-Some of the YA fiction I had kind of been avoiding (YES! And I found a lot of great ones)

A * means I've read it before. My top 10 books that I read this year are in bold. Ask me about any of them!

1. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici (C.W. Gortner)
2. The Autobiography of God (Julius Lester)
3. The Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick)
4. Secret Daughter (Shilpi Samaya Gowda)
5. Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
6. We Need to talk about Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
7. Fluke (Christopher Moore)
8. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
9. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Paul Torday)
10. Elle (Douglas Glover)
11. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)
12. The Children's Book (A.S. Byatt)
13. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg)
14. People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)
15. Towelhead (Alicia Erian)
16. The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill)
17. The Postman's Round (Denis Theriault)
18. Disobedience (Naomi Alderman)
19. Farewell, My Queen (Chantal Thomas)
20. Juliet (Anne Fortier)
21. The Blue Notebook (James A. Levine)
22. Great Tales from English History (Robert Lacey)
23. Starbook (Ben Okri)
<>24. Remembering the Bones (Frances Itani)</b>
25. Gemma (Meg Tilly)
26. Airborn (Kenneth Oppel)
27. Skybreaker (Kenneth Oppel)
28. Heaven is for Real (Todd Burpo)
29. One of our Thursdays is Missing (Jasper Fforde)
30. The Dogs of Babel (Carolyn Parkhurst)
31. Afterlives of the Rich and Famous (Sylvie Browne)
32. The 3 Incestuous Sisters (Audrey Niffenegger)
33. City of Ships (Mary Hoffman)
34. Blue Skies and Black Olives (John & Christopher Humphrys)
35. Starclimber (Kenneth Oppel)
36. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares) *
37. Alone in the Classroom (Elizabeth Hay)
38. Wishful Thinking (Alexandra Bullen)
39. Company of Liars (Karen Maitland)
40. Year of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks)
41. The Birth House (Ami McKay)
42. Marked (Caragh O'Brien)
43. Wake (Robert J. Sawyer)
44. The Mango Season (Amulya Malladi)
45. The Guinea Pig Diaries (A.J. Jacobs)
46. Sisterhood Everlasting (Ann Brashares)
47. Illyria (Elizabeth Hand)
48. Sarah's Key (Tatiana de Rosnay)
49. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J.K. Rowling) *
50. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling) *
51. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling) *
52. The Book of (Even More) Awesome (Neil Pasricha)
53. The Borrower (Rebecca Makkai)
54. The Olive Readers (Christine Aziz)
55. Bumped (Megan McCafferty)
56. The 100-Mile Diet (Alisa Smith & J.B. Mackinnon)
57. Life as we Knew it (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
58. The Map of Time (Felix J. Palma)
59. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling) *
60. The Lonely Polygamist (Brady Udall)
61. The Dead and the Gone (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
62. The Looking Glass Wars (Frank Beddor)
63. Passage (Connie Willis)
64. Mary Poppins (P.L. Travers)
65. Sophie's World (Jostein Gaardner)
66. Tomorrow, When the War Began (John Marsden)
67. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
68. Queen Defiant (Anne O'Brien)
69. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
70. The Brief History of the Dead (Kevin Brockmeier)
71. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)
72. Peter & Max (Bill Willingham)
73. Bedtime Story (Robert J. Wiersema)
74. In the Sea there are Crocodiles (Fabio Geda)
75. Hidden Wives (Claire Avery)
76. The White Mare (Jules Watson)
77. This World we Live in (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
78. Seeing Redd (Frank Beddor)
79. The Last Kingdom (Bernard Cornwell)
80. Stone Spring (Stephen Baxter)

Can you recommend anything to me, based on the ones I enjoyed this year?

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Date:January 16th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
I should do one of these for 2011, too.

Airborn is one of my favourite recent YA books/series... I do have a serious soft spot for Kenneth Oppel. I'd read it before, but I listened to the audiobooks this past year, and they were fantastic too.

I love Howl's Moving Castle... and mourn the loss of Diana Wynne Jones. :(

Have you read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke? It's a bit slow to start, but I think you'd enjoy it.

And if you liked Airborn, you might like </i>Leviathan</i> by Scott Westerfeld. I say this because it's slightly similar in several areas... and because is the only other YA steampunk-esque series I've read.
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Date:January 21st, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I had read Silverwing, and my brother loved that series, but I liked Airborn and its sequels INFINITELY better.

I'll definitely check out Leviathan! I've heard of it, but never read it. And I actually OWN Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. It's been sitting on my shelf for a few years...
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Date:January 25th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Have you read Kenneth Oppel's new book, This Dark Endeavour? It's quite good -- it's a "prequel" to Frankenstein, and the parallels are really interesting. I didn't like it as much as Airborn or Silverwing, but it's also less my style.
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Date:January 28th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it yet! I had it out from the library at one point a few months ago, but I had to return it before I had a chance to look at it.

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