With a little more than a week left of the year, I’ve read 123 books in 2011. Yes, it’s a lot, but it’s a bit short of my goal of 140 books. I read an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction, books published this year and books that have been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while. I’ve enjoyed most of them, loved a lot of them, and surprisingly disliked very few.
Rather than making a list, I thought I’d highlight some of my favorites of the year:
Favorite fiction published in 2011: The Submission by Amy Waldman
Favorite fiction published before 2011: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Favorite non-fiction published in 2011: Man Seeks God by Eric Weiner (I just finished this and have yet to write about it, but it is a great book.)
Favorite non-fiction published before 2011: The Great Typo Hunt by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson
I’d also like to mention the most pleasant surprises of the year:
- Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
- Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore (I’m not sure why I didn’t write about this one)
- The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
- The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer
- The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson
These are all books that I discovered thanks to the Books on the Nightstand Readers’ Retreat I attended in April (best weekend ever). I am pretty sure I would not have selected any of these on my own and I definitely would have missed out, because these are all original novels that were a pleasure to read. I’ll be attending their retreat again in 2012(in Oxford, Mississippi) and I cannot wait to see what gems they have for me this time around.