Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Books I've read in 2011

I read a lot. I read a lot of books; well I listen to a lot of books. Yep I'm an audiobook reader. I 'read' most of my books in audiobook form. To me that doesn't make it any less of a read. I used to get a lot in during my commute to work as it was 35 mins each way 4 days a week back in Raleigh. Now I just have a lot of time on my hands so I still get a lot in. These are the books I've read in the last 12 months. Not all are audiobook form but probably 75% are digital; the rest old fashion paper form.

In oldest to newest read:


19 Minutes - Jodi Picoult
*The China Study - T. Colin Campbell
Sarah’s Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
Lift - Kelly Corrigan
I don’t know how she does it - Allison Pearson
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Say You’re One Of Them - Uwem Akpan
At Home - Bill Bryson
A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick
Bikram Yoga – Bikram Choudhury
What Remains – Carole Radziwill
The Life of Pi –Yann Martel
*Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain
The Pact - Jodi Picoult
Bossypants - Tina Fey
A walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Sex, Drugs and Cocoapuffs - Chuck Klosterman
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
I’d know you anywhere - Laura Lippman
*The Emperor of All Maladies: A biography of Cancer - Siddhartha Mukherjee
The art of running in the rain - Garth Stein
Little Bee- Chris cleave
A Stolen Life- Jaycee Dugard
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand - Helen Simonson
Just as Long as we’re together - Judy Blume
Cleopatra’s Daughter - Michelle Moran
Push (Precious) - Sapphire
*A Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
*Dewey - Vicki Myron

Total = 30

*Books not yet completed. 

The 2 latest unfinished ones I am currently reading now (possibly finished by the time this gets post gets published live) and the 3 unfinished books from earlier this year I plan to finish one day. I think there were others actually I only kinda started that weren't counted. Some book by Barbara Kingsolver; others are lost. Where did I get all these books? Most I got from the library (yes libraries have digital loans!), some were gifts, we owned a few, and for a while I had an audible.com subscription (that was a gift as well).

There will be a couple more added to the list before 2012 hits. I've got plans to read 1493 by Charles Mann and another Jodi Picoult book around Christmas. That'll bring my total finished books read up to 29! That's 2.4 books a month! In 2010 I only read 22. What an improvement!

My favorites:
  1. Lift - Kelly Corrigan
  2. At Home - Bill Bryson
  3. Bossypants - Tina Fey
Least favorites: 
  1. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
  2. What Remains – Carole Radziwill
  3. I’d know you anywhere - Laura Lippman
The book Lift by Kelly Corrigan is absolutely my number 1 favorite! It is very short; tiny in fact so I have listened to it at least 15 times straight through. Probably more like 30+ counting all the pieces I'll listen to it randomly. No kidding. I can recite word for word along with the audio large portions of it. Try me. It's not in novel format so I just pick off anywhere and start listening when bored.

Halfway through the year the audio input aux jack in my car broke. I used to use it to listen to audiobooks from my iPhone whenever I was in the car by myself. Commuting, errands etc. Now I've got to get it fixed. My book reading is suffering. I keep track of everything on Google docs; I love Google.

What book recommendations to you have for me for 2012? 


  1. "The Hunger Games" series is fantastic as is anything by Jen Lancaster! There are a few on here I had never heard of, so thanks for sharing:-)

  2. @Lauren I've read all the Hunger Games too! They're not on the list because I think they were at the end of 2010. I'll look into Jen Lancaster though! thanks!


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