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Best Books of 2011?

I read a lot. I believe it’s part of a writer’s job, so much so that I consider sitting around reading a legitimate day of work (when I don’t have actual deadlines pending).

At the end of 2011 I was swamped in a lot of ways and looking for some good, light reading fare, so I picked up “Fun and Games.” It’s a mystery/thriller/hollywood story, and it was just what I was looking for. But then I went and bought book 2 in the series and frankly, it sucks. I tore through the Hunger Games trilogy, mostly because all the cool kids are doing it, and I actually thought they were great. Again, not historically brilliant prose, but a damn good story.

So then I was stumped. On a recommendation from a semi-nerdy friend I picked up “How to survive in a science fiction universe.” I totally respect it for the ingenuity and creativity, but when I was half way through and couldn’t tell what it was really about, I gave up. Same with “Let the great world spin,” which I’ve been told I should give another shot, because it’s amazing. I loved the writing, but the story just didn’t grab me.

Right now I’m reading “The Wedding Gift,” which also frankly sucks, but it was $1 on my kindle. You get what you pay for I guess.

Anyhow, I could go on, but if you want to know what I’ve been reading you can just scroll down and check out the little book shelf in the right hand column there. I generally keep it well updated.

What I really want now is advice on what to read next. I got 2 Amazon gift cards for Christmas (big thanks to my favorite client and my wonderful in-laws), and they are burning a hole in my pocket. I’m done with the delicious junk for the time being. Instead I’m looking for something really engrossing. Something stunning. Something that will make me sit up way too late tonight reading because I simply cannot put it down.

I trolled a few Best Of lists from 2011 and here are my top contenders.

The Sense of An Ending

June Bug

Salvage the Bones

The Auslander

A Visit From the Goon Squad (I want to hope that this is Princess Bride reference…?)

The Tiger’s Wife

The Marriage Plot

I’m thinking about just working my way down the list, but I’d love to hear from anyone out there who has actually read one or more of them.

Or what was your favorite book of 2011, and why will I love it? Seduce me.

3 Comments

  1. Annlee Ellingson
    Jan 6, 2012

    Hi April, and happy New Year! I’m reading “Goon Squad” right now and can’t … put … it … down. Fascinating structure. “Salvage the Bones,” “The Tiger’s Wife,” and “The Marriage Plot” are also on my to-read list, along with “The Art of Fielding.” Much love to you and yours, -ae

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    • April
      Jan 9, 2012

      Thanks Annlee. I think I’ll start with the Goon Squad tonight. Happy new year to you too!

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  2. Wife Bucket
    Jan 10, 2012

    Outstanding quest there. What occurred after? Take care!

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