The Books 2011

Posted by on February 19, 2012

I decided to make Sundays my list/personal day here at Design Flourishes

On my Life List #24 is to read 40 books a year, every year. Last year I just made it under the wire.

There is some internal debate as to what constitutes a “book.” A long difficult book takes a lot more time to read than a short easy one… I decided to count short, Young Adult books as either 1/2 or 2/3 of a book, but longer YA books count as a whole book. I decide how to count each one individually. I count a book even if  it is a re-read, but I have to have actually re-read the whole thing. It’s my list, and my goal, so I can do that. This list is unedited, even though I am embarrassed about some of them.

The Books:

  1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart*
  2. Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card
  3. Girl by Blake Nelson*
  4. The Laws of Harmony by Judith Ryan Hendricks
  5. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle*
  6. White House Autumn by Ellen Emerson White*
  7. Long Live the Queen by Ellen Emerson White*
  8. Long May She Rein by Ellen Emerson White*
  9. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly*
  10. My Life in France by Julia Child
  11. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  12. Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
  13. The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
  14. Earthfall by Orson Scott Card
  15. When you are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  16. Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison
  17. Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney
  18. The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success by Martha Stewart
  19. The Ape House by Sara Gruen
  20. In a Sunburned Country By Bill Bryson
  21. Tracy Anderson’s 30 Day Method by Tracy Anderson
  22. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  23. When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead*
  24. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  25. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  26. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  27. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  28. Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: in Praise of Adoption by Scott Simon
  29. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*
  30. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins*
  31. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins*
  32. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman*
  33. Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
  34. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  35. Crispin Trilogy by Avi – Crispin: Cross of Lead, Crispin: At the Edge of the World*
  36. Crispin: To the End of Time* (three short books count as 2 books)
  37. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  38. Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff  (2 short books count as 1 book)
  39. Rascal by Sterling North
  40. Treason by Orson Scott Card

* indicates Young Adult book


There is quite a bit more Science Fiction/Fantasy than I realized and quite a bit less re-reading than I thought. The only re-reads are Girl, Many Waters, White House Autumn and In a Sunburned Country. I was completely engulfed in The Hunger Games trilogy, but was very disappointed with the final book. I was more disturbed by the genetically mutated creatures than by the battle descriptions.

I am only on book four of 2012…

image by Brian Dettmer

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