Most Notable Books of 2011

Notable Fiction and Non-Fiction books that got really hyped up (deserved or not) and were on many Magazine’s “TOP 10” Lists or were National Best Sellers:

  • “The Submission” by Amy Waldman
  • “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami
  • “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht
  • “Stone Arabia” by Dana Spiotta
  • “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen
  • “Room” by Emma Donoghue
  • “The Art of Feilding” by Chad Harbach
  • “Close Your Eyes” by Amanda Ward
  • “The Marriage Plot” by Jeffery Eugenides
  • “There But For The” by Ali Smith
  • “Say Her Name” by Francisco Goldman
  • “Volt” by Alan Heathcock
  • “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
  • “The Story of Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon
  • “The Call” by Yannick Murphy
  • “Blue Nights” by Joan Didion
  • “Life Itself: A Memoir” by Roger Ebert
  • “Rin Tin Tin” by Susan Orlean
  • “Charles Dickens: A life” by Claire Tomalin
  • Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
  • “Bossypants” by Tina Fey

Books I conquered in 2011, Old and New (in no particular order):

  1. “The Alchemist” by P. Coelho
  2. “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht
  3. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. “Survivor” by Chuck Palahniuk
  5. “Passing” by Nella Larson
  6. “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami
  7. “The Elephant Vanishes” by Haruki Murakami
  8. “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton
  9. “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells
  10. “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain
  11. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
  12. “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut
  13. “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway
  14. “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro
  15. “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
  16. “The Picture of Doran Gray” by Oscar Wilde
  17. “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess
  18. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote
  19. “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
  20. “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink
  21. “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath
  22. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
  23. “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  24. “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera
  25. “Play It As It Lays” by Joan Didion
  26. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
  27. “Lolita” by Vladmir Nabokov
  28. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling
  29. “Snuff” by Chuck Palahniuk
  30. “Farenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

Holy Crap. Thirty books. Pretty good for me one year, considering I usually average fifteen. I started reading like a beast in January 2011 for an American Fiction course in my final semester of college and never looked back. I have never read this many books in one year in my life, and truthfully, some of these are the greatest books ever written and belong amoung the Top 100 of All Time.

Of the Above 30, her are my “Magic Seven” I will probably read again in my lifetime:

Lolita, Brave New World, The Alchemist, The Bell Jar, The Reader, Norwegian Wood, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Finally, a brief list of things on my “to do” list, or, things I’ve already started for 2012:

  • “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki Murakami
  • “The Art of Feilding” by Chad Harbach
  • “A Farwell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway
  • “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving
  • “The Descendants” by Kaui H. Hemmings
  • “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Hurston
  • “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
  • “The Story of Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon
  • “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen

Read and Grow.



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