book list 2011

9 Jan

Reviewing the events during my end-of-year hiatus, and prompted by Ashley’s recent post, I realize that I missed the immediate opportunity to post my own book list for 2011.

The good thing, however, is that book lists are sort of evergreen, so even though my Bookscal (like fiscal, but for words)Year ended two months ago, there’s no harm, no foul in posting this list now. Besides, if you’re anything like me, you probably like to start the new year off with some new reads.

Those looking for new books to peruse, I give you the list. (Along with my in-depth notes.) (And by in-depth I mean, well, not.)

You’re welcome.

Books Read Between November 10, 2010 and November 9, 2011

  1.      Upside Down Inside Out – Monica McInerney* (An easy, fun read, well-written) (Also, Monica McInerney is becoming my new Marian Keyes.)
  2.      No Way to Treat a First Lady – Christopher Buckley* (A very entertaining read, fast-paced and probably improbable, but fun nonetheless.)
  3.      The Wedding Girl – Madeleine Wickham
  4.      Greetings From Somewhere Else – Monica McInerney* (Good read, lovely depictions of Ireland, a follow-up to Upside Down Inside Out)
  5.     The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz* (HFS this book is good, and I totally understand why it won the Pulitzer. The story is engaging and the writing is so different than anything I’ve read lately—in a good way. The writing style just totally lends itself to the story. Just read it, if you haven’t already.)
  6.      Love, Rosie – Cecelia Ahern (Eh, it was okay. It took awhile to get into it, but the story ended up being semi-okay. Not anything life-changing, but an easy enough read to keep you distracted.)
  7.      Innocence – Kathleen Tessaro (Meh. Pass. Overwritten, trying too hard to be thinky and prosaic in parts.)
  8.     The Writing Class – Jincy Willett* (A murder-mystery, not the most intriguing or suspenseful one I’ve ever read, but she has a great humor to her writing, which I totally appreciate.)
  9.      When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris* (I bought this book three years ago, and JUST got around to reading it. LOVED the last essay in the book about his experience with quitting smoking. And trying to learn Japanese.)
  10.   Virgin River – Robyn Carr. (Read for book club, a cheesy romance novel. It was okay. There could have been more sex scenes, IMHO.)
  11.   American on Purpose – Craig Ferguson.* (Loved this. His writing is witty, he is brutally honest about his life, and I can’t believe he’s still alive. Also contains one of my new favorite quotes, which is something about fear being God’s way of saying, “Pay attention! This could be fun!”)
  12.  The Morning Show Murders – Al Roker (Yeah, that’s right. Al. Freaking. Roker. This book was horrible. Terribly, terribly stupid, and I’m not sure the entire plot even made sense in the end. And yet, I didn’t put it down and walk away. Now who’s the stupid one?)
  13.   Her Royal Spyness—Rhys Bowen* (Read this for book club, and enjoyed it. A quick, easy read, very fluffy, a “cozy” mystery.)
  14.   The Gate Crasher—Madeline Wickham (Eh. It wasn’t bad. I listened to it as an audiobook. Good to have as a commuting distraction, but I’m glad I listened to it rather than actually read it. The ending left something to be desired.)
  15.   What Happens in London—Julia Quinn* (Absolutely terrific romance novel. So cute, and you will be in love with love. And Russian intrigue!)
  16.   A Royal Pain—Rhys Bowen (The second in this “cozy” mystery series. Seriously, I have no idea why I keep reading these.)
  17. Street Gang—Michael Davies* (Audio book, the history of Sesame Street. Very interesting, though not exactly what I thought it would be. Still, I’d give it a go, especially if you have a special place in your heart for Sesame Street, like I do.)
  18.   Manhunting—Jennifer Crusie* (Audiobook, and I just love Jennifer Crusie. She’s wicked with dialogue, and this is smart, funny, romance chicklit.)
  19.  Don’t You Forget About Me—Jancee Dunn (Not bad. A little thin in parts, but an easy and enjoyable enough read.)
  20.   On the Way to the Wedding—Julia Quinn* (Another good one. This one is from the Bridgerton family. Damn you, Cassie, for getting me hooked on Julia Quinn novels. I hate you! But I love you. But I hate you! But I love you. I shake my fist at you! Except I’m not sure why! Because I love these books!)
  21.  The Duke & I—Julia Quinn* (I just love this woman. She’s simply a terrific romance writer. This is the first book in the Bridgerton series, FYI. Yes, I started out in the middle of the series. Whoops.)
  22.  The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth—Alexandra Robbins (I’m really not sure if I recommend this book or not. In a way, I really liked it, and in another way, it really annoyed me. So….yeah. That’s not really helpful. But whatever.)
  23.   It’s In His Kiss—Julia Quinn* (Another in the Bridgerton series. It’s like they never end. Which is AWESOME.)
  24.  Any Place I Hang My Hat—Susan Isaacs* (Audiobook. Definitely a good and engaging listen while commuting.)
  25.   Undead and Unfinished—MaryJanice Davidson* (It’s been a year or so since I’ve read this series, and now there are two new books out. This one, I have to say, was as per usual a quick read, but also very entertaining. If you’re looking for super easy, super fast reads, and you like snarky vampires, I highly recommend checking out this series.)
  26.   Undead and Undermined—MaryJanice Davidson* (Apparently I walked into a trilogy within a series. Who knew? The details are a little fuzzy and glossed over, but a fun, quick read as the series continues.)
  27.  One Fifth—Candace Bushnell (Audiobook. Normally, I find Candace Bushnell’s books to be annoying because they’re all the same—or at least they all sound/read the same to me—but I actually enjoyed this one. However, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it at all or very much if I had been reading it rather than listening to it. But I did listen to it, and it was an enjoyable, fluffy enough book to make the commute home more entertaining.)
  28.   Royal Flush—Rhys Bowen (Another in the cozy mystery Royal Spyness series. Pretty good. Set in Scotland this time, which is a nice change of pace. And the romance line is progressing along nicely, I have to say.)
  29.   Bossypants—Tina Fey* (A gem. Truly, truly a gem, and very smart writing. And that’s all I have to say about that. Just read it. )
  30.  The Agency—Ally O’Brien* (Audiobook. Definitely a good listen, good plot and story line, just really fun. And in a British accent, too!) 
  31.  The Royal Pain—MaryJanice Davidson (I think I read this one once before, but I’m still counting it. Also, I’m pretty sure whoever edited this book was on meth or something because the jumps and leaps it made were ridiculous, and there was absolutely no flow to it at all. It was so haphazard it was distracting. Also also, this book is the second in the Baranov trilogy. And by far the weakest.)
  32.  The Royal Mess—MaryJanice Davidson* (In comparison to #31, this was a delightful read, and apparently both writer and editor showed up for this book. I literally read this in a single morning. Good dialogue, good sex scenes, and a smooth plot flow, though a lot of loose ends left, and Davidson says she’s not writing any more in this series, which I think is odd. Then again, probably for the best, because you can only harp on the same theme of “but it’s my royal duty!” so many times, you know? Whatever, you’ll totally know what I mean if you read the series.)

 

*Recommended


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2 Responses to “book list 2011”

  1. Camels & Chocolate January 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM #

    We read right at the same number of books for the year! I think mine was somewhere around 33. So funny you recommend the Royal Spyness books as my mom has them all on our Kindle account and keeps trying to get me to read them but something else (usually YA fiction) always seems to take precedence. Guess I should bump them up in the queue, yes?

    • mollystrz January 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM #

      Oh, I love me some YA. Any good recommendations? Royal Spyness series is a good way to wile away an afternoon or a plane ride–not too much thinking, but pretty entertaining!

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