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Total Books Read:
Published in 2011:
Published Before 2011: 13
Part Of A Series: 5
Prize Winners: 2
Because five isn't enough and ten is too much
- Skippy Dies by Paul Murray - A boarding school novel that brought back memories of Infinite Jest and my very own personal boarding-school memories. This is a beautiful novel that reminded me what it was like to be young, confused, angry and in love.
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - I shed real man-tears. Do I need to say anything more?
- The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides - This year's Freedom wasn't quite what people expected from the author of Middlesex, but The Marriage Plot was satisfying in its own way.
- Tinkers by Paul Harding - The prose! Oh the prose! The most beautifully written thing I read this year.
- The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak - This is a perfect little novel about cultural identity, war and family. This is the new book that I recommend to everyone.
- The Slide by Kyle Beachy - Oh you've never heard of this? One of my favorite post-college-reality-smacks-you-in-the-face books of all time. Highly recommended and not just because it takes place in St. Louis.
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt - A Deadwood-esque western that's beautifully written with an excellent story.
The Complete 2011 List:
Ordered by date completed
- Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card
- The Slide by Kyle Beachy
- Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
- Remainder by Tom McCarthy (review)
- Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
- Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Children Of The Mind by Orson Scott Card
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (review)
- A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (review)
- The Magician King by Lev Grossman
- Mile 81 by Stephen King (review)
- Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño (review)
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (review)
- 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (review)
- The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides (review)
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (review)
- Tinkers by Paul Harding (review)
- 420 Characters by Lou Beach (review)
- The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak (review)
- The Train by Georges Simenon (review)
- Lamberto, Lamberto, Lamberto by Gianni Rodari (review)
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (review)