Although part of me is loath to clutter the airways with any more year end/best of/top ten/my favorite lists, I feel compelled to add my two cents worth to the mania, if only for my own posterity. Should this blog still exist one, two, or even five years from now, it’s rather nice to look back at what has risen to the top of the reading pile over that 365 day period.
So, without further ado and in no particular order (other than the order in which I read them):
Red Hook Road, Ayelet Waldman
Joy For Beginners, Erica Bauermeister
Pictures of You, Caroline Leavitt
The Bird Sisters, Rebecca Rasmussen
The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke
A Good Hard Look, Ann Napolitano
Say Her Name, Francisco Goldman
Maine, Courtney Sullivan
The Stuff That Never Happened, Maddie Dawson
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
You Are My Only, Beth Kephart
Belong to Me, Marisa de los Santos
Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier
I’m sure you noticed right off, as I did when I was writing out the list, that every one of these books (save one) was written by a woman.
Now before you denounce me as a sexist, please know I didn’t plan it that way. It must have been a year when I needed the reassuring voice of my “sisters” to get me through. I vow to make a conscious effort to read more male authors next year. In fact, I’m already on it, as I’m mired deeply in Stephen King’s blockbuster of a book, 11/22/63. And it’s very likely to make my favorites list for the year 2012.
There you have it -my favorite books of 2011.
What are you reading this Sunday, the first day of 2012? Will it make your “best of” list for the year?