Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Books I've Read

I love reading but I haven't had much time to read in the last couple years due to school. (I suppose I should say "reading for fun" since I read plenty for school!) So, one thing that I worked on during 2011 was reading just a little bit on most days.

It felt good even to read "just one chapter" because that was so much more than I'd been able to read in years. (Although, some days I stayed up nearly all night reading a book because I couldn't put it down ... even though I had a test the next day. Don't be like me!)

Just for giggles, I looked back through all of my library “overdue notice” e-mails (haha!) to compile a list of the books I read this year. (Seriously though, if you live in my area and I was holding captive the book you wanted, I am very sorry.) There are probably a few books missing from this list because I forgot about them, but I think it's a good representation of what I've read. It's good to see that "just one chapter" really made a difference.

What are some of the books you read in 2011?


  1. I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore
  2. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larrson
  3. Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris
  4. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  5. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  6. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  7. Real Murders – Charlaine Harris
  8. A Bone to Pick – Charlaine Harris
  9. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse – Charlaine Harris
  10. The Julius House – Charlaine Harris
  11. Dead Over Heels – Charlaine Harris
  12. Ouran High School Host Club – Story & art by Bisco Hatori (manga)
  13. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig (Read for a class. I wanted to hang myself.)
  14. Specimen Day – Michael Cunningham (Read for a class. Fascinating, unnerving, and depressing at times. The final “story” had Asimovian flavor.)
  15. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  16. Mr. Muo's Traveling Couch – Dai Sijie
  17. Robot Dreams – Isaac Asimov

Non-Fiction (Stuff for your brain)

  1. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” – Rebecca Skloot
  2. Day Trips From Raleigh-Durham – James L. Hoffman
  3. The House of Hope – Elisabeth Gifford
  4. Pagan Christianity? – Frank Viola and George Barna

Non-Fiction (Cookbooks, Health, Self-Help, etc.)

  1. The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged – Tosca Reno
  2. The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey
  3. Cook Yourself Thin – Lifetime Television (just typing that is embarrassing)
  4. Making the Cut – Jillian Michaels
  5. Master Your Metabolism – Jillian Michaels
  6. The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook – Jillian Michaels
  7. The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Ree Drummond
  8. The Power of Positive Fitness: Maximizing Physical, Mental & Spiritual Health – John M. Rowley