Sunday, January 1, 2012

As promised my 2011 list

So, I had said that I would post a list of books I have read in the last half of 2011 and yes, this is later than I anticipated I would post it, but still here it is. I told you that I got this bug in May, these are the books I have read since then, please pick up at will and in some instances, seriously please pick up. In no particular order these are my 2011 books:

1. As She Climbed Across the Table - Jonathan Lethem (1. It's Jonathan Lethem, 2. It's not surprisingly a brilliant novel 3. Your loss if you don't pick it up).
2. Almost Home - Jessica Blank. This is a young adult novel that took me just a few hours and for those few hours tugged the shit outta my heart strings. I'll save my pontificating for other books but I wasn't regretful about this novel, adolescent geared or not.
3. Brightness Falls - James McInerney. This was one of the first books I swan dived back into and I was not disappointed. This was a sleeper, I didn't even realize I was invested in the characters of this book until the last few chapters where I suddenly found myself crying for them. I have another book on the waiting list by him and I cannot wait to see if he tricks me and sucks me in again in such a good way.
4. Girl In Landscape - Jonathan Lethem. Really all I have to say is Jonathan Letham and brilliant, read it and prove me wrong.
5. The Brief History of the Dead - Kevin Brockmeier. Very interesting novel and I enjoyed it.
6. My Father's Tears - John Updike. Brilliant work of short stories. John Updike is just amazing.
7.& 8. The Sportswriter and Independence Day - Richard Ford. I could say a lot but I won't because I'm not Richard Ford. I'm glad I've read at least 2 into the series and will read more because I don't give up.
9. The Disappointment Artist - Jonathan Letham - sadly one of my least favorites, but mainly b/c it made me question me. I LOVE Jonathan Lethem and this book made me question that love. That's not to say don't read it. I learned a lot about Jonathan and would read it again, I just disappointed myself in my engagement and enjoyment.
10. Night - Elie Wiesel - wow, this is my downfall, I'm a huge sucker for nonfiction/fiction about WWII. This book was haunting.
11. & 12. My Happy Life and Love In Infant Monkeys - Lydia Millett- where to start?? I definitely liked Love in Infant Monkeys better but I think that was due to hype. Lydia is a very interesting inventive author that is definitely worth a shot.
13. I Am the Messenger- Markus Zusak - **disclsimer** I effing love Zusak, the first novel I read from him was The Book Theif and I have yet to be satiated. This book, although written for a young adult audience like the book thief, is brilliant, along w heart wrenching and emotionally grading. I dont care what you read , pick up something by him and you won't be sorry.
14. I Have Lived a Thousand Years- Livia Bitton-Jackson, a WWII diary-esque novel as tend to be my faves but I was not blown away and I think writing style and story limited me, still a decent read.
15. Those That Saved Us - Jenna Blum. This book was effing spectacular. Made it to my top five favorites, the research that went into the book plus the added bonus of now V. Then. This book stunned me in a great way.
16. These Things Hidden - Heather Cudenkauf- this was a random amazon recommends and I was not disappointed, I read the whole book in 2 days and it was like a soap opera with its twists and turns although I kinda saw the end coming, regardless an enjoyable read.

So there it is my latter 2011 reading list, as promised. I hope you stick w me through 2012, id love to provide insight to you and have you do the same for me. So suggestions opinions disagreements, please send them this way. The Reader, signing off, for now

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