Saturday, December 31, 2011

My 2011 Top Ten(ish)

There are hundreds of "best of" lists out there to remind you of your favs, or tell you what you missed, so you hardly need my humble list to guide your reading choices.  However, the compilation of the list is practically book-blog law, and it's mostly for my own reference and entertainment, so here goes . . .

This year I broke the list into categories - Best New Books I Read, Honorable Mention New Books I Read, Best Books I Read Published Prior to 2011... (Catchy titles, don't you think?)  And since we're not strictly adhering to the rules, there are eighteen books on my list, rather than ten.  'Cause that's the kind of free-spirited rebel I am!

So, the Oscar goes to . . .

Best New Books: (in no particular order) 

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
11/22/63 by Stephen King (review not written)

Honorable Mention New Books:

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
Litigators by John Grisham
Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
If You Were Here by Jenn Lancaster

A few I really liked that weren't so new:


Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Still Alice by Lisa Genova  
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

And a Couple of Excellent Rereads:

Soaring Eagle by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Mrs. Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico


  1. Nice list! I'll have to add a few of those to my ever going to-be-read pile.

    I haven't made my list yet...haven't even thought about it. It's something on my to-do list for this week.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I will definitely keep these titles in mind. THANK YOU SO MUCH for commenting on my long-lost blog:) I hope to have more time for blogging...and the coming months.

  3. Great wrap up!! I just bought the King book so I'm glad to hear you liked it so much!

    Wishing you a wonderful 2012 filled with 5 star reads!

  4. Plan to add some of your books to my reading list for 2012 - The Weird Sisters, The Peach Keeper, Maine, Summer Rental and If you were Here. Thanks for sharing! Check out my New Year's blog - and have a wonderful 2012 sis!

  5. I loved 11/22/63; hope u do as well. Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you.

  6. I've always been curious about the Mrs. Arris books.

  7. I want to read all of your favorites!