Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Book List

It's that time of year again. I could wait until the 31st to post this, but I doubt I'll finish another book before then. And if I do, I'll just ammend the list. As always, books I recommend will have an asterisk next to them. And just because something doesn't have an asterisk next to it doesn't mean I didn't like it.

My goal for this year was to read 50 books, and I'm pleased as punch to announce I surpassed my goal.


1. Illumination Night - Alice Hoffman*

2. Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind

3. Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton

4. Long Day's Journey Into Night - Eugene O'Neill

5. Take the Cannoli - Sarah Vowell

6. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson*

7. Empire Falls - Richard Russo

8. The Beans of Egypt, Maine - Carolyn Chute

9. Traveling Mercies - Anne Lamott*

10. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

11. Selected Stories - Andre Dubus

12. Elizabeth Bishop the Complete Poems*

13. The Early Church - Henry Chadwick

14. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald*

15. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene

16. Poetic Form: An Introduction - David Kaplan

17. The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry - Kevin Clark

18. 100 Great Poets of the English Language - Dana Gioia

19. One Art: Elizabeth Bishop Letters

20. Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya*

21. The Little Prince - Antoine de St. Exupery***

22. The BFG - Roald Dahl*

23. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson

24. Pride of Baghdad - Brian K. Vaughan

25. Blankets - Craig Thompson*

26. World War Z - Max Brooks*

27. The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi

28. On Writing - Stephen King*

29. Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt

30. The Color Purple - Alice Walker*

31. Lord of the Flies - William Golding*

32. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain

33. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers

34. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro*

35. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

36. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

37. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett*

38. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck*

39. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

40. The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle*

41. Howl's Moving Castle - Dianna Wynne Jones*

42. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey*

43. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

44. Did You Say Chicks?! - Ed. Esther Friesner

45. Stardust - Neil Gaiman*

46. Push - Sapphire

47. King Rat - China Mieville

48. A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore*

49. The Complete Maus - Art Spiegelman*

50. Dog Blood - David Moody

51. Mirror Mirror - Gregory Maguire

52. Sonnets from the Portuguese - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

53. Mythology - Eith Hamilton

54. Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris*

55. Tent Number Eight - Gloyd McCoy

56. Lamb - Christopher Moore*

57. Night - Elie Wiesel

58. A Grief Observed - C.S. Lewis