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Friday, January 6, 2012

Year in Books 2011

Well, I owe you all another post about side dishes – I hope to be able to do that this week. But right now, I want to do a quick (I just wrote SQUID there, btw) rundown of the books I read in 2011.

I read a total of 23 books in 2011, which is far short of the 30 books I resolved to read, according to the resolutions I put in the champagne bottle last year, which we cracked open on NYE. Anyway, some more info:

Only 7 of the books were nonfiction, and two of those were memoirs. Maybe this is balanced out that one of the books was about deeds in California? I don’t know. That one was not one of my favorite books of the year.

I read two books by David Foster Wallace in 2011, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again and The Pale King. The latter is his posthumously published ‘last’ novel, although it’s to complete, so I’m really not sure what to call it. Despite that fact, it ranks as one of my favorite thing read in 2011, without a doubt. It’s also one of the two books published in 2011 I read this year, the other being Tina Fey’s Bosspants which I did not like nearly as much!

I read almost half (eleven) of the books electronically, via the Kindle reader on my iPad. Actually, wait, I read 12, so really just over half, of the books electronically; I read Bossypants on Mackenzie’s actually Kindle. It’s very convenient, and very comfortable to read this way in bed, but I do have some misgivings about the whole thing. The last physical book I read this year was a reread of At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft, back in September, which I own at least two copies of in various collections.

At Home: A Short History of Private Life Bill Bryson
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel Charles Yu
The Art and Science of Communication: Tools for Effective Communication in the Workplace P.S. Perkins
All Clear Connie Willis
Dune Frank Herbert
Deeds for California Real Estate Mary Randolf
Children of Men P.D. James
A Supposdely Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again:Essays and Arguments David Foster Wallace
On Stranger TIdes Tim Powers
Cryoburn Lois McMaster Bujold
Packing For Mars Mary Roach
Light M. John Harrson
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M Miller Jr.
Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
Bonk Mary Roach
Declare Tim Powers
“I Know I Am But What Are You?”
Cowboys and Aliens “Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Spellwright Blake Charleton
Bossypants Tiny Fey
At the Mountains of Madness H. P. Lovecraft
The Neverending Story Michael Ende
The Pale King David Foster Wallace
posted by neil at 10:25 am
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  • Katie S.

    how was the bryson book?  it’s on my to-read list.

  • Katie S.

    btw ‘supposedly fun thing’ is one of my all time favorite reads.

  • http://www.squidopus.net neil

    I enjoyed it IMMENSELY. My comment on my booklist page:

    neil (63.251.108.100)
    Feb 10 13:03:35, 2011
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    This book was full of delightful tales of mundane things. RECOMMENDED! 

  • http://www.squidopus.net neil

    Do you mean the essay, or the collection? That essay was phenomenal, and there was a lot of other great stuff in the collection also!

  • Katie S.

    both! but i meant the book.  that essay was a major highlight.

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