My Top 5 Reads for 2011

1. THE TIGER’S WIFE by Téa  Obreht

I made a big call in January when I suggested this would be my book of the year. A few books came very close but this remains the best book I read in 2011. It is about the power of stories. A young doctor remembers the passing of her Grandfather by recalling the fables he told her growing up. read more

2. THE MARRIAGE PLOT by Jeffrey Eugenides

“She may have looked normal on the outside, but once you’d seen her handwriting you knew she was deliciously complicated inside.” read more

3. THE STREET SWEEPER by Elliot Perlman

Perlman manages to combine the horrors of what happened during The Holocaust with the civil rights movement in America during the 50s and 60s in such a profound way that you find yourself totally absorbed, outraged and horrified.  read more

4. SATORI by Don Winslow

SATORI is the book Winslow fans have all been waiting for and the book non-fans need to read to become one! read more

5. PAST THE SHALLOWS by Favel Parrett

Favel deftly captures the harshness and beauty of life at the edge of Australia and her writing will stay with you long after you put the book down. read more

Honorable mentions for THE SISTERS BROTHERS by Patrick DeWitt,  CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER by Tom Franklin,  THE CUT by George Pelecanos and WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR by Karl Marlantes,

What are your Top reads of 2011?

see also My Top 5 Reads for 2010

12 thoughts on “My Top 5 Reads for 2011

  1. Of those I have only read The Tigers Wife and sadly I didn’t connect to it. I recognised great writing, but there was nothing that really effected me emotionally, which is what I like in a book.

    My top picks in order would be:
    1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    2. Swords and Crowns and Rings by Ruth Park
    3. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
    4. The Messenger by Markus Zusak
    5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  2. I haven’t read any of these books, but after watching your videos I think I definitely should track them down! I love the way you create videos that tell about the books instead of just writing several paragraphs about each. Not only is that rather irksome, it’s quite intimidating. And some people surely prefer listening to a summary over having to read a page of summary. And in response to Becky’s comment above: those are some of my favorite books, too! Zusak’s “I Am The Messenger” definitely made this year’s Top 5. Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is also on that list. If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out!

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