Here's the books I read in 2011:
1- Vanishing and Other Stories: Loved the first handful of stories than petered out and couldn't finish. But they were all kind of depressing stories and I was kind of depressed which wasn't a good combination. Mix between good and couldn't finish it.
2- Every Last One: Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Which was unfortunate last one night when I realized I had just read about a home invasion and triple homicide right before I was supposed to lay down and go to sleep.
3- Blessings: Loved it. Couldn't put it down and couldn't quite figure out what what going to happen when.
4- The Improper Life of Bezelia Grove: As soon as I read about this one over at The Lost Entwife I knew that like her it was a book for me. Hellllo improper life! It was amazing. I couldn't put it down and read it in two days. So amazing.
5- Putting Away Childish Things- I thought it was a good book. It was a bit academic in it's discussion of faith, but it was a discussion of faith in an academic setting so I wouldn't really have expected less.
6- Girl In Translation - Very good. Inspiring story of a girl growing up straddling the old world and the new world.
7- Room - AMAZING. Could not put it down.
8- Where the God of Love Hangs Out - Only ok. Compilation of short stories, some of which were actually small novellas.
9- Unbearable Lightness - Very good, read 1/2 of it one day and finished it the next
10- Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 1 -I wanted to like this, I really really did. Since he had put a ban on publishing it for 100 years after his death I thought there would be salacious things in it. It read more like a land survey and political meet and greet. It might have gotten better, but it was a brick of a book and I only made it a few hundred pages in.
11- Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - Couldn't put it down. So swoony and lovely
12- The Distant Hours - So juicily suspenseful and a little creepy. LOVE Kate Morton and am sad that I have finished her last book (there are only 3). READ these books. They are AMAZING.
13- The Weight of Silence - Amazing. Couldn't put it down and read it late in the night and at stoplights
14- These Things Hidden - Same author as #13, also couldn't put it down and gasped audibly at one point (or 4)
15. Little Bird of Heaven -Good, I read it while reading 3 other non-fictions books so it took a bit to get through it but it was worth it by the end
16. Don't Breathe a Word - Couldn't put it down. I read it in about 6 hours straight with a break for making pasta salad for a cookout. Deliciously creepy, I had to finish it in one sitting because I needed to find the logical ending to make sure the creepy other worldly stuff didn't keep me up tonight.
17. Place of Yes -I have a
18- Alice, I Have Been - SO GOOD. I read it in a weekend. So juicy and historically swoony
19- The Help - I really didn't want to like this book because it was so popular..but I really really loved it and couldn't put it down for the most part. I also talked like domestic help in rural 60's Mississippi which was fun for Pete.
20- The Art of Forgetting- I stayed up way to late reading this book, like 2am when I had to be up at 6am book. Interesting story involving the dynamics of when the more dominant friend changes because of traumatic brain injury. Very..coming into her own story from the point of view of the more submissive friend
21- Heaven- Ok, I know they're garbage. I just got a wild hair to read the series again. So I did.
22- Dark Angel - 2nd in the Heaven series. The more I read them the more appalled I am that I read them before I was even a teenager. But now, they're just campy fun.
23- Fallen Hearts- 3rd in the Heaven series, again...so appalled that I read them so young but can't put them down...again
24- Gates of Paradise- 4th in the Heaven series
25- Web of Dreams- 5th and final installment of the Casteel family drama
25- Last Letter from Your Lover - Very good, a little confusing with all the flashbacks but it all sorted out deliciously.
26 - If I Stay - This and book 27 ago together. So good and compelling.
27- Where She Went - Quick read, but still very compelling and good. Reminder of all the collateral damage that trauma to people you love but aren't technically your "family" can cause and how hard it is to recover from all the fractures.
28- Once Was Lost - Very compelling and I didn't guess who did it which is a big plus
29- Sisters in Sanity - So good, the same author of books 26 & 27
30- The Legacy - Creepily good and a nice twist at the end