2011 Books

In this post, I said I was going to try and read 52 books in 2011. I completed my goal on June 6, 2011, so now I’m going to shoot for 100 books! Here are those books.

Edit: I completed my 100-book goal on November 17, 2011!

1. Dialogues with the Devil – Taylor Caldwell (4/5)

2. The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) – Kody Keplinger (4/5)

3. Bad Girls Don’t Die – Katie Alender (4.5/5)

4. Author 101: Bestselling Book Proposals – Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman Spizman (4/5)

5. Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver (5/5)

6. The Story of a Marriage – Andrew Sean Greer (5/5)

7. Things That Make Us [Sic] – Martha Brockenbrough (5/5)

8. Stronger: Forty Days of Metal and Spirituality – Brian “Head” Welch (5/5)

9. Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore – Elizabeth Lyon (4.5/5)

10. The Last Boy – Robert H. Lieberman (4/5)

11. Evernight – Claudia Gray (3.5/5)

12. Observatory Mansions – Edward Carey (5/5)

13. Rediscover Catholicism – Matthew Kelly (4/5)

14. The Crimson Chalice – Victor Canning (2/5)

15. The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult (4/5)

16. The Winter of Our Disconnect – Susan Maushart (3/5)

17. Elixir – Hilary Duff (4/5)

18. Never Let You Go – Erin Healy (3/5)

19. Linger – Maggie Stiefvater (4.5/5)

20. A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick (2/5)

21. The Lady and the Poet – Maeve Haran (5/5)

22. The College Handbook of Creative Writing – Robert DeMaria (2/5)

23. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane (3/5)

24. The Duchess – Jude Deveraux (4/5)

25. Summer of the Monkeys – Wilson Rawls (5/5)

26. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling – John Taylor Gatto (4/5)

27. Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson (5/5)

28. Vesper – Jeff Sampson (3.5/5)

29. 24 Girls in 7 Days – Alex Bradley (3/5)

30. Candor – Pam Bachorz (4/5)

31. L.A. Candy – Lauren Conrad (4/5)

32. Screenwriting for Dummies – Laura Schellhardt (4.5/5)

33. The Body Finder – Kimberly Derting (5/5)

34. Forge – Laurie Halse Anderson (5/5)

35. Beulah Land – Lonnie Coleman (4.5/5)

36. If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now – Claire LaZebnik (3/5)

37. Ape House – Sara Gruen (4/5)

38. Sweet Little Lies – Lauren Conrad (4/5)

39. A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick (3/5)

40. Fall for Anything – Courtney Summers (2/5)

41. The White Plague – Frank Herbert (2.5/5)

42. Gone – Michael Grant (4/5)

43. Writing the Breakout Novel – Donald Maass (4/5)

44. My Drowning – Jim Grimsley (5/5)

45. Daughters of the Moon, volume 1 (books 1-3) – Lynne Ewing (4/5)

46. Sweet Liar – Jude Deveraux (3.5/5)

47. Hunger – Michael Grant (4.5/5)

48. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (2.5/5)

49. Deadly – Julie Chibbaro (4/5)

50. Job Interviews for Dummies – Joyce Lain Kennedy (3.5/5)

51. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (4/5)

52. “A” is for Alibi – Sue Grafton (1/5)

53. Knock ‘Em Dead 2010: The Ultimate Job Search Guide – Martin Yate (3.5/5)

54. Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You – Harvey Mackay (4/5)

55. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (3/5)

56. Fifty Years to Midnight – Tom Lewis (4.5/5)

57. Quarterlife Crisis – Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner (4/5)

58. Attitude is Everything: A Tune-Up to Enhance Your Life – Keith D. Harrell (4/5)

59. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (3.5/5)

60. Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama (3/5)

61. Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School – Gotham Writers’ Workshop (4/5)

62. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy (4.5/5)

63. Be More Confident – Paul Jenner (3/5)

64. Breathing Life into Your Characters – Rachel Ballon (4/5)

65. First Things First – Stephen R. Covey (4.5/5)

66. The Preacher’s Bride – Jody Hedlund (4.5/5)

67. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane (4/5)

68. Blessed Among All Women – Robert Ellsberg (5/5)

69. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers – Renni Browne, Dave King (3.5/5)

70. The Secret Supper – Javier Sierra (1/5)

71. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers (4.5/5)

72. Himmler: Reichsfuehrer SS – Peter Padfield (3/5)

73. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult – Joseph Bedier (4/5)

74. The Incredible Journey – Sheila Burnford (4/5)

75. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey (4.5/5)

76. Look Away, Beulah Land – Lonnie Coleman (4.5/5)

77. Bumped – Megan McCafferty (3.5/5)

78. Dali – Gilles Neret (4/5)

79. Spark Your Career in Book Publishing – Traci Maynigo (3.5/5)

80. The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (4/5)

81. Forrest Gump – Winston Groom (4.5/5)

82. Art and Myth in Ancient Greece – T.H. Carpenter (1.5/5)

83. I Am Not a Serial Killer – Dan Wells (5/5)

84. Novelist’s Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes – Raymond Obstfeld (3/5)

85. The Uncoupling – Meg Wolitzer (4/5)

86. Beauty Queens – Libba Bray (4.5/5)

87. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen (3/5)

88. A Rose in Winter – Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (2/5)

89. Ten Things I Wish I’d Known – Before I Went Out into the Real World – Maria Shriver (4.5/5)

90. Feed – M.T. Anderson (3/5)

91. Blood Wounds – Susan Beth Pfeffer (2.5/5)

92. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (3/5)

93. The Savage Nation – Michael Savage (4.5/5)

94. Sugar and Spice – Lauren Conrad (4/5)

95. All My Life: A Memoir – Susan Lucci (4/5)

96. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft – Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French (4.5/5)

97. Mythology – Edith Hamilton (3.5/5)

98. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (2/5)

99. Playground – 50 Cent (4/5)

100. Come Love a Stranger – Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (2/5)

101. My Life as a Doormat – Rene Gutteridge (5/5)

102. This Dark Endeavor – Kenneth Oppel (5/5)

103. The Prophet – Francine Rivers (4.5/5)

104. The Enemy Within – Michael Savage (4.5/5)

105. Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? – Ellen Gordon Reeves (4/5)

106. XVI – Julia Karr (2/5)

107. Ghost Writer – Rene Gutteridge (2.5/5)

108. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher (4/5)

109. Your Path to Publication – Kim Wright (4/5)

110. A Sane Woman – Anthony Lee Collins (3/5)

111. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder – Michael Savage (4/5)

112. Unplanned – Abby Johnson (5/5)

113. The Sword of Shannara – Terry Brooks (3/5)

10 thoughts on “2011 Books

      • That’s a great goal!

        Most of the time, I’ve got 2-3 books going simultaneously.

        Unfortunately, I am a fairly slow reader. Maybe I get through a dozen or so books per year. I can blow through a novel pretty fast, but some of the stuff I read is fairly dense. For instance, I tackled “Rise & Fall of the Third Reich” and “The Civil Warr Trilogy” by Shelby Foote. That’s like 5-6 “books” …

        Recently I’ve gone on a crusade to try to read some of the stuff I should have read in high school and college, but didn’t.

        So far, Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Atlas Shrugged .

        I plan to do at least one “major classic” per year anyway.

        — Judson

        • I like your one “major classic” per year goal. I have Atlas Shrugged and the size of it is very intimidating, so I keep putting off reading it! The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich went pretty fast for me; I like anything Shirer writes – but you’re right; it was like reading a lot of books at once.

          Good luck, Judson! :)

          • Maggie
            Atlas Shrugged, and for that matter, The Fountainhead, are thick, but so compelling that you will get through them quickly. They only bog down a bit when Rand goes too deeply into her philosophies, but then, that’s what the books are about. Even in those “rants”, the langauge is not complex. I can recommend both highly. And, if you look around, you can find audio versions of both, so you can “read” in the car.

            • I bought Atlas Shrugged last year and had every intention of reading it right away, but the size of the book intimidated me. I’ll put it up next on my “queue” so I can get started on it. Hopefully it will compel me! Thank you, Rik!

  1. i don’t believe …
    my fastest time for one book (about 200 page) is one month … like an earh (me) and the sky (you)

    can you share your way in book reading ? :mrgreen

    • I usually read about a book a week, sometimes more if I have the time. Take the number of pages in a book and divide by seven, then read that number of pages per day. It’s not that hard if you read while you’re eating or while you’re waiting around in stores, etc. Just pace yourself. :)

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