Monday, January 02, 2012

Reading List, 2011

Here it is, the list of books I read in 2011.  It wasn't a great year in terms of quantity, but there are some really good books on this list.  Looking it over, I realized that my favorite books this year were non-fiction -  A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure, and At Home by Bill Bryson. It was also a year of audiobooks; I'm not really an auditory person, but the 1/2 hour drive to work is a good opportunity to get more books read.  

Another addition to my reading formats was my nook., which I received  for Christmas last year.  It wasn't so much that I really wanted it, but knew that in my job it was going to be an important element and wanted to make sure I was on top of things.  I was surprised by how much I enjoy reading on it; I don't event really notice much of a difference.  The only issue is in books with several full color illustrations; in that case print (or a color nook) would be better.

Another thing is that for the first year, the number of adult books and juvenile/young adult books is about equal.  After 20 years as a children's librarian, I'm now moving on as a library director.  What this means for my job is that most of my reading will be for our adult book discussion group, which I will still be co-leading.  I'll still try to keep up with juvenile/young adult literature because I enjoy it, but it won't be the main focus of my reading. Unless I manage to establish that  Young Adult/Adult Book Discussion Group.

So, here's the list.  If you've read any of these, let me know your opinions; if you see something you think you might like to read, feel free to ask my opinion. 

Books Read 2011
Adult Books:
1.    Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
2.    Catherine of Aragon – Giles Tremlett
3.    I Remember Nothing – Nora Ephron (audiobook)
4.    In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks – Adam Carolla (nook)
5.    Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
6.    Girls in Trucks – Katie Crouch (nook)
7.    Uptight and in Your Face – Nina Brown
8.    A Red Herring without Mustard – Alan Bradley
9.    The Wilder Life – Wendy McClure (nook)
10.  Death of a Chimney Sweep  - M.C. Beaton
11.  Friendship Bread – Darien Gee
12.  The Street of a Thousand Blossoms – Gail Tsukiyama (audiobook)
13.  A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (audiobook)
14.  This Life Is in Your Hands – Melissa Coleman
15.  The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn’t –Robert Sutton
16.  Bossypants – Tina Fey (audiobook)
17.  A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
18.  Every Last One – Anna Quindlen (audiobook)
19.  A Tiny Bit Marvellous – Dawn French
20.  This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Troper
21.  Wheat Belly – William Davis (nook – advance reading copy)
22.  The Mistress of Nothing – Kate Pullinger
23.  The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace – Gary Chapman (nook – advance reading copy)
24.  A Jane Austen Education – William Deresiewicz
25.  The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw
26.  The Wives of Henry Oades – Johanna Moran
27.  The Paris Wife – Paula McLain (audiobook)
28.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safron Foer
29.  The Magicians – Lev Grossman
30.  Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian – Scott Douglass
31.  The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus – Sonya Sones
32.  The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party – Alexander McCall Smith
33.  The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
34.  Rules of Civility – Amor Towles
35.  At Home – Bill Bryson (nook)
36.  Life Itself –Roger Ebert (audiobook)
37.  Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
38.  I Am Half Sick of Shadows – Alan Bradley
39.  Then Came You – Jennifer Weiner (audiobook)
40.  Sun Stand Still – Steven Furtick

Adults Books re-read for Adult Book Discussion Group:
1.    The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
2.    The Help – Katherine Stockett

Juvenile and Young Adult Books:
1.    Around the World in 100 Days Gary Blackwood
2.    Finn – Matthew Olshan (nook)
3.    The Cardturner – Louis Sachar (nook)
4.    My Fair Godmother – Janette Rallison (nook)
5.    Spaceheadz – Jon Scieszka
6.    The Talent Show – Dan Gutman
7.    Magic Below Stairs – Caroline Stevermear
8.    Finally – Wendy Mass
9.    The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis – Barbara O’Connor
10.  Masters of Disaster  - Gary Paulsen
11.  Eggs over Evie – Allison Jackson
12.  Saving the Baghdad Zoo – Kelly Halls, Major William Summer
13.  Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters –p Natalie Standiford
14.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? Louise Rennison
15.  A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park
16.  A Tale Dark and Grimm – Adam Gidwitz
17.  Moon over Manifest – Clare Vanderpool (nook)
18.  Hero – Mike Lupica (nook)
19.  The Brixton Brothers: The Ghostwriter Secret – Mac Barnett
20.  The Talented Clementine – Sara Pannypacker
21.  Penny Dreadful – Laurel Snyder
22.  Clementine and the Family Meeting – Sara Pennypacker (nook Advance Reader Copy)
23.  The Romeo and Juliet Code – Phoebe Stone
24.  Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater
25.  Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
26.  Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart – Candace Fleming
27.  Beauty Queens – Libba Bray
28.  Cloaked – Alex Flinn (nook)
29.  Then I Met My Sister – Christine Hurley Deriso
30.  Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Sealed with a Kiss – Robin Palmer
31.  Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: Fear Itself – Andrew Clements
32.  Hidden – Helen Frost
33.  The Strange Case of Origami Yoda – Tom Angleberger
34.  Matched  - Ally Condie
35.  The Girl who Was on Fire – Leah Wilson, ed.
36.  Troublemaker – Andrew Clements (audiobook
37.  Junonia – Kevin Henkes (audiobook)
38.  Touch Blue – Cynthia Lord  (audiobook)
39.  Wonderstruck – Brian Selznick
40.  Lexie –Audrey Couloumb is
41.  Trapped – Marc Aronson
42.  From Willa with Love – Coleen Murtaugh Paratore
43.  A Plague Year –Edward Bloor
44.  Nerd Camp – Elissa Brent Weissman
45.  Tangled – Carolyn Mackler

Juvenile Books re-read for Child-Adult Book Discussion Group:
1.    Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
2.    Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate diCamillo
3.    No More Dead Dogs – Gordon Korman
4.    Love That Dog – Sharon Creech
5.    The Trolls – Polly Horvath 
6.The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (read for Adult Book Discussion Group)