Top Ten Tuesday: 2011 Favs

 

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So, it’s time to wrap up 2011 and reflect back on which books meant the most to me this year.  Most of these novels were written before 2011, but they were new to me and timeless!

1.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – A novel of place and beautifully written.

2.  The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – I love Wharton so very much.

3.  All 7 Harry Potter books – I reread this year for first time and loved them even more than first reading!

4.  The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – So perfect for history buffs and lovers of atmosphere.

5.  The Reader by Bernhard Schlink – Quite possibly my favorite of 2011.  What a powerful little story.

6.  Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – This book shocked me.  I hated it the first time I read it so dreaded reading for book club, but the second time through was an amazing experience.

7.  The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald – My book club hated it and I loved it.  Favorite Fitzgerald so far – the grey house still haunts me.

8.  The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – Upon finishing the novel, I thought I had enjoyed the first Flavia story, but since then I haven’t been able to get her out of my mind!  Will catch up on series in 2012!

9.  Saturday by Ian McEwan – His ability to turn a phrase is phenomenal.  I would read his prose about ANYTHING.

10.  The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud – Initially I hated this book, but upon rumination I realized I was deeply affected by it.  Some books sneak up on you like that!

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 2011 Favs

    • I can definitely relate to the too many books at once problem! Definitely check out the Flavia novels – she’s such a unique amateur sleuth!

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