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review -- 2011 my year in books

So as it's the beginning of a new year, I thought I'd keep with tradition and share my book list of the year. Again, I'm annoyed that I didn't manage to read more, but that's a constant concern *g*. You may notice a bit of a theme throughout...


1) The Prodigal Tongue, Mark Abley
2) A Wizard of earthsea, Ursula Le Guin
3) The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula Le Guin
4) The Farthest Shore, Ursula Le Guin
5) Tehanu, Ursula Le Guin
6) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
7) Death Masks, Jim Butcher
8) A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin
9) A Storm of Swords pt.1 - Steel and Snow, George R. R. Martin
10) A Storm of Swords pt.2 - Blood and Gold, George R. R. Martin
11) A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin
12) The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
13) Imaginary Homelands, Salman Rushdie
14) The Time Machine, H. G. Wells
15) Lunar Light, Penelope Fisher
16) As You Like It, Shakespeare (re-read)
17) The Girl With Glass Feet, Ali Shaw
18) Eve's Diary, Mark Twain
19) Extracts from Adam's Diary, Mark Twain
20) Killing Cupid, Mark Edwards & Louise Voss
21) The 39 Steps, John Buchan
22) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin
23) Superheroes - the Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture, William Irwin
24) The Absentee, Maria Edgeworth
25) The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller
26) Thirst, Claire Farrell
27) The Wilding, Maria McCann
28) Aesop's Fables, Aesop
29) De Profundis, Oscar Wilde
30) Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer
31) Blood Rites, Jim Butcher
32) Dead Beat, Jim Butcher
33) An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde
34) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
35) Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher
36) The Forests of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
37) An Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington
38) Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin
39) Lady of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
40) The Lady of the Rivers, Philippa Gregory
41) Life: An Unauthorised Biography, Richard Fortey (mid-way through)

So, yes. Mostly fantasy, some dodgy free horror texts thanks to Kindle, some science, 'literature' and randomness. No absolute stinkers, thank goodness.

Highlights?
All of the Song of Ice and Fire series (me and everyone else, I know).
The Remains of the Day - beautiful, quiet and very touching.
Everything Twain
Your Inner Fish - a fascinating and accessible look at one of our most distant cousins.

Here's to more happy reading in 2012 for all. :)

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doublefourtime
Jan. 2nd, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
I usually really enjoy Phillipa Gregory's novels (last year, uh, 2010 I got around to reading all of her books I hadn't already) and find them a quick read, but I found The White Queen such a hard slog that despite buying The Red Queen I haven't been able to face starting it.

Tell me, does it get better? ;)

And ooh, I really want to read A Conneticut Yankee.... Arthurian-related books might be one of my book themes for this year.

Edited at 2012-01-02 11:18 am (UTC)
silvercobwebs
Jan. 3rd, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
I might be the wrong person to respond to this, because I really enjoyed The White Queen and got through it pretty rapidly! I also enjoyed the two following novels - I think you might perhaps prefer the Red Queen, which has a different pace to it, and even a touch of humour at the beginning.

Conneticut Yankee was longer than expected, and bordered on the delightfully surreal at times. I generally love Twain's work anyway, and I hope you'll enjoy it, although Arthur and the Knights are often at the background of the work.
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