My Favorite Books of 2011

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For my 52 in 52 project, I read a32 books in 2011. The following five were my favorite of those 32… (Books are in the order I read them, not order of preference.)

  1. The Summer We Read Gatsby, Danielle Ganek
  2. The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
  3. The Art of Non-Conformity, Chris Guillebeau
  4. A Trick of the Light, Louise Penny
  5. Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History, Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell

I ‘ve ready several great books already and have more lined up for 2012 that I can’t wait to get started on (or finish in some cases)!

What were your favorite books of 2011? Any in particular you are looking forward to in 2012?



  1. I really liked four series of books last year: the Inspector Chen mysteries by Qiu Xaiolong (especially Red Mandarin Dress); the Peter Diamond series by Peter Lovesey (esp. Bloodhounds, Upon a Dark Night, and The House Sitter); the Millenium series by Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, etc.); and the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny (esp. Bury Your Dead). Fiction books I loved include Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek. Nonfiction favorites were The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman, and the Hellhound of Wall Street by Michael Perino. Last year’s reading was very enjoyable. This year has started well with Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley and the Bruno, Chief of Police series by Matthew Walker. I am looking forward to the next books by each of these authors and by Qiu Xaiolong and Louise Penny.

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