Archives: Books Read in 2011

Below is a complete list of everything I read and finished in 2011. Some were better than others. If you’re looking for a recommendation, here are a few:

  • Top Recommendation: The Art of Fielding – by Chad Harbach
  • Best Beach Read: One Day – by Dave Nicholls
  • Best Non-Fiction: Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption – by Laura Hillenbrand (A)
  • Best Mystery: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter – by Tom Franklin
  • Most Hyped Book That Deserved It: The Hunger Games – by Suzanne Collins
  • Funniest Read: This Is Where I Leave You – by Jonathan Tropper



  • Little Bee, by Chris Cleave (B+)
  • Room, by Emma Donaghue (A-)
  • Gone Away World, by Nick Harkaway (D+ — though in fairness, I couldn’t finish it. Made it 75% of the way through and abandoned it, much to Alan’s disappointment – he LOVED it)





  • Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (B+)
  • Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (A – second book in the Hunger Games series)
  • Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (B – third book in the Hunger Games series)
  • Bossy Pants, by Tina Fey (A – love her!)
  • The Passage, by Justin Cronin (C+ – too long and no real pay-off)


  • Russian Winter, by Daphne Kalotay (C+)
  • The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake (B-)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (B+)
  • Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand (A)
  • The Wednesday Sisters, by Meg Waite Clayton (B – bookclub)
  • Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher (B – teen book, annoying method but good message)
  • The Widower’s Tale, by Julia Glass (A+ – loved this, great character development and intwined plot lines)


  • State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett (B+ – great, gripping read until the end makes a bit of a left-turn)
  • The Magicians, by Lev Grossman (B- – kind of like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for adults)
  • Rawhide Down, by Del Quinten Wilber (B+ – even though I don’t like the Gipper)



  • The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain (B – interesting fictional look at Hemingway’s Paris years)
  • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgensturn (A – but only for people who can suspend disbelief)
  • The Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles (A – if you like Manhattan society stories in the 1930s)
  • This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper (A – dysfunctional family at its finest)
  • Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson (C-  Boring! Who knew cholera could be so lame?) 


  • The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach (A – awesome debut novel for guys/girls)


  • The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides (B+ – not his best effort, but still interesting)
  • Sister, by Rosamund Luptom (C+ – page-turning psychological thriller, but it was a bit annoying)
  • The Odessa File, by Frederick Forsyth (D+ – regrettable waste o’ time)
  • The 2020 Workplace, by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd (B – read this one for work) 
  • The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson (C – tries too hard to be The Royal Tenenbaums, and fails)
  • Cards on the Table, by Agatha Christie (D – seriously? She is the QUEEN of mystery? Impeach her.) 
  • A Stolen Life, by Jaycee Dugard (C – – freaky polygamists depress me)

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