Below are the books I enjoyed reading the most this year. Please note these are not necessarily books that were published in 2011 (some were, many were not), but rather just my favorites of those that I had the pleasure of reading this year. If you are looking for the Best of 2011 Books actually published in 2011, please head over to the Indie Lit Awards site, where nominations are still being gathered (but only for four more days!). We will be announcing the Short Lists by mid-January, so mark your calendars for some bookstore time if you are inclined to read some great new-to-you titles. If you haven’t nominated yet, please do! We’d love to get your opinions as well.
Other news I’m excited about — the first book of one of my favorite series (the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich; and if you read this blog you know how much I love it — note that two of the books from the series made the list below) is coming out in January! See the trailer here… and if you haven’t started this series yet… hop to it!
Here are mine, what were yours?
- The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman
- An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
- The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
- The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
- Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
- A Guide to Quality, Taste, & Style by Tim Gunn
- The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
- John Adams by David McCullough
- Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
- Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
- The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
- Bernice Bobs Her Hair (short story) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
- Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
- The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
- Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
- One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (review still to come)
- Jaqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy (Foreward by Caroline Kennedy, Introduction by Michael Beschloss (review still to come)
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King (review still to come) *added after this originally posted as I didn’t finish until 12/29/11.