Thursday, December 26, 2013

Books You Must Read - Books of 2011

When I got started reading and reviewing books I really didn't know I was going to be here two, almost three years later, pursuing what has become a part of who I am.

I'm more than thankful for the courage I had to begin something so new and foreign, go with it just through mere passion, and then dedicate myself to it on such an extreme level that it all has been paying off even to this day.

I had a great first year.  2011 was really beginning of it all and from my own standards of quality it was probably the time of some of my best reviews.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink was really the book that started it all.  I owe it all to this book.  I was inspired and eager to begin to understand my life and this book came along through a bookclub I joined.  It has paved the path for this whole blog.

And then there were some of the classics you may have heard about.  This year was probably my most prominent year in reading the classics, as you'll see.  I am so proud to have seized this year to read as many classics as I did.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, 
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, 
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, 
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, 
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, 
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 
Candide by Voltaire, 
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
1984: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Contact by Carl Sagan

I was actually also able to get my hands on J.R. Tolkien, an author I had wanted to read for such a long time and finally managed to complete two of his novels.  The Hobbit is probably one of my favorite novels of all time.  J.R.Tolkien stands in a league of his own, he should have his own genre.  He was a genius of his own kind.

The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

One or two children's books, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

And of course I had my fair share of nonfiction during 2011.

 I'm All Over That by Shirley MacLaine, 
Plato not Prozac by Lou Marinoff, 
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, 
Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin, 
The Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Some nonfiction you may not know about, A Subtle Thing by Alicia Hendley

Some fiction you may not have heard about, In Leah's Wake by Terri Guilliano

And oh, yes, one more novel, young adult novel that has quite a bit of history.  I posted this review of Twilight by Stephanie Meyers as a guest post, and after getting so much attention for it, I knew I was going to be blogging for a long time.

All in all, a really great start of my blogging career.  It's really incredible to look back and see how much has happened on this site.  I'm sure all my fellow book bloggers can relate.

Do you have your own link to a recap for 2011?  Leave the link.

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