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Favorite Books of 2011

These books weren’t necessarily published in 2011. But I read them in 2011 and this is my blog, where I am the metric by which all things are measured.

I read a lot of enjoyable books this year. But these are the ones I’d press into someone’s hand if they were looking for something to read. And they are books I purchased my own copies of, because I’d waited for them to come out or couldn’t bear to part with them once they were due back at the library.

Okay, I didn’t buy Lolita. I mean, who can’t get their own copy of that? But if I saw it at Half Price Books, I’d grab it. Nabokov’s pretty funny. I’d figured him for just another gloomy Russian.You know how people who tend to like Russian lit tend to be somewhat…unfun? This is not fair to those books (Anna Karenina was unbelievably readable) yet is something I’ve noticed. But Lolita is funnier than hell. Really. You’d think it’s all gross on account of the pedophilia, but it’s surprisingly witty.

ANYWAY. Here’s the list.

Young Adult
Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas
Freefall by Mindi Scott
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
The Secret Year by Kristin Hubbard
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (this isn’t shelved with YA, but I don’t care.)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don’t Mind) by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Ordinary Ghosts by Eireanne Corrigan
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Ye Olde YA!)
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Vampire/Supernatural
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
The Radleys by Matt Haig
Thirsty by M.T. Anderson
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Regular Grown-Up Fancy Pants Fiction
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Brothers K by David James Duncan (And I don’t even LIKE baseball!)
Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor (He’s a KBE for a reason, man.)

Nonfiction
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage & My Family by Dan Savage
Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III
Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love & Desire by Lisa M. Diamond
War by Sebastian Junger

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