Best Books Read in 2011: My List

Most of the “best books” list that come out at the end of a year refer to books published during that year. My list, however, comprises books that I have read during the year, regardless of when they were published. My list also combines fiction and nonfiction.

I finished my dissertation mid-year and read 30 books during 2011. Here are the best of them, arranged alphabetically by author:

  • Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games
  • Connelly, Michael. The Fifth Witness
  • Donoghue, Emma. Room
  • Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad
  • Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding
  • Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken
  • Hoffman, Alice. The Story Sisters
  • McLain, Paula. The Paris Wife
  • Shapiro, Alison Bonds. Healing into Possibility
  • Watson, S. J. Before I Go to Sleep

My lists for previous years (1996-2010) are here.

2 thoughts on “Best Books Read in 2011: My List”

  1. I am going to save this list—-I have only read one of these but have a couple others on my to read list.

    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      Good to hear from you, Laura Jo! Which book have you already read? How did you like it?

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