Saturday, December 31, 2011

Books Read 2011

Last year I posted a list of all the books I read in 2010 (after reading and enjoying lots of other people's lists) and thought I'd keep up the tradition for 2011.

The following are all the books I read in the past year, except for the picture books—I read a lot of picture books and don't usually remember to add them to my Goodreads list, which is how I keep track of my reading these days. The notation "A" following an item means I listened to the audiobook, and "R" means it was a reread.

I read a lot fewer books this year than last year, partially because I no longer had my MFA program driving me to get a certain number of books read each month and partially because a number of 2011's events left me less time than usual for reading (especially: moving to a new apartment, teaching several writing classes and critiquing student manuscripts, and taking on a new day job). I also probably didn't really *need* to re-listen (again) to so many Bujold books, but they make me so happy that I can't really regret the time spent on those too much. But I do wish I'd gotten to more new books over the year (both newly published and old-but-new-to-me), and will definitely try to get more reading accomplished in 2012.

  1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (A)
  2. Scrawl by Mark Shulman
  3. Podkayne of Mars by Robert A Heinlein (A, R)
  4. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  5. Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen (A)
  6. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
  7. The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart
  8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (A)
  9. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  10. Lord Valentine's Castle by Robert Silverberg (A)
  11. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
  12. Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold (A)
  13. Bellwether by Connie Willis (A)
  14. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (A)
  15. Thirsty by M. T. Anderson
  16. The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (A)
  17. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
  18. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (A)
  19. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
  20. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami
  21. Bossypants by Tina Fey (A)
  22. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
  23. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
  24. Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold (A, partial R)
  25. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (R)
  26. Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold (A, R)
  27. Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles
  28. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  29. Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  30. Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
  31. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  32. Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold (A, R)
  33. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
  34. Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold (A, R)
  35. A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold (A, R)
  36. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  37. Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold (A, R)
  38. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
  39. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  40. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (A, R)
  41. Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
  42. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
  43. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (A)
  44. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
  45. Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
  46. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (A)
  47. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
There were also a couple of audiobooks I started but didn't finish, which I didn't list here.

Reading now (started in 2011, but not yet finished): Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and American Gods by Neil Gaiman (A).

Saturday, December 10, 2011

WORD 3rd Annual Holiday Open House - This Weekend!

Come to WORD in Greenpoint, Brooklyn this weekend for their fabulous holiday open house! Authors will be on hand to make book recommendations (their own and their favorites written by other people) and to gift wrap your purchases for you. Oh and of course, signing books, too! :)

I'll be there tomorrow 12/11 at 3pm, but the fun starts today with Sarah MacLean (The Love By the Numbers series), Michael Showalter (Mr. Funny Pants), and Emma Straub (Other People We Married), Michael Buckley (NERDSThe Sisters Grimm), and Fiona Robinson. You can see the full schedule and author lineup here.