Sunday, December 4, 2011

Oh, they probably turned it in for some books at the local community center. Where you think it's at, man?

I mentioned that I was thinking about book recommendations and I started wondering, Ok what was the best book I read this year? It's not quite the end of the year, but I decided since that is only a few weeks away, I'll just go ahead and post my list now.

And because that is simply too difficult of a question to answer, I split it into categories.

Category one: Fiction
Well, I picked two as the best from this category, but I am struggling with that so much that I can't even bring myself to definitively write them down.

I'm just going to do it!

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 (P.S.)


Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Girl in Translation

Category 2: Nonfiction
I have a stand out favorite in this category. And I have recommended it to just about everyone I know.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Category 3: Classic Fiction
I can't actually finish this post without even a nod at the beautiful books that I read for my American Lit class.
Absolute favorite: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition

If you are interested in the full list for 2011, here it is:

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

Declaring Spinsterhood by Jamie Lynn Braziel

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Deep Down True by Juliette Fay
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

The Running Man by Stephen King
Naked Heat by Richard Castle
No Time Left by David Baldacci
Leaving Home by Jodi Piccoult
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Mars and Venus on a Date by John Gray
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Change Anything by Kerry Patterson
Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley
Sway by Ori and Rom Brafman
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo

Classic Fiction
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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