Books I Read in 2011

I had a goal for 2011 to read one book a month. I had done pretty well on maternity leave, and wanted to make sure that I didn’t just give up on books in favor of TV and blogs. I made it, but I’m not going to set a much higher goal for 2012! I want to spend time making and seeing other people, too. I used GoodReads to keep track of what I’ve read, which kept it simple (although I’m kind of guessing as to which books were at the beginning of the year or not, because I didn’t sign up until after Jan 1). My book club accounts for several of these books, although we didn’t hit one book a month and there were months that I read my own choice instead of the book club book. I started commuting on a daily basis again in September, which gave me a few extra hours of book time a week. I got a Nook this fall, too, so some of my choices are guided by what I can check out from my library or the Philadelphia library if I don’t feel like buying a book for it (ebook prices need to drop, y’all. Plus I’m realizing that there’s no such thing as a clearance table or used bookstore in the land of digital, which is highly unsuitable), but it does help me be able to read when I’m awake in the middle of the night unable to sleep without having to turn on a light and wake up Carl. There were several more that I only half finished before I had to return them. No reviews this time, but my highest recommendations go to #2, 7, 8, 16, and 17.

  1. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, Anne Lamott
  2. Half Baked, Alexa Stevenson
  3. A Very Long Engagement, Sebastien Japrisot
  4. Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three, Paula Polk Lillard
  5. Passing, Nella Larsen
  6. Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life, Jenna Woginrich
  7. The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman
  8. Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton
  9. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, Jon Krakauer
  10. Even Now, Karen Kingsbury
  11. Spoiled, Heather Cocks
  12. Ask Again Later, Jill A Davis
  13. The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs
  14. Knit Two, Kate Jacobs
  15. A Vintage Affair, Isabel Wolff
  16. The Piano Teacher, Janice Y.K. Lee
  17. Room, Emma Donoghue
  18. All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, Lan Samantha Chang
  19. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Ben Sherwood
  20. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  21. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden