Monday, January 2, 2012

Books Read in 2011 ~ list

2011 list

Books we’ve read in 2011, pending reviews, and abandoned too. Including some geeky stats.

A bit meager since 2011 included “a dose of the crazies”.  With extended trips to our respective “homes” – England and California, as well as various other catastrophes (see “the gremlin attack” – where I lost my entire hard drive) and some personal losses, there wasn’t as much time for reading as we would have liked. But there’s always 2012!

Each book’s title links to it’s review when applicable. We have also included a few stats at the bottom.

John’s Books Read:

  1. The Revisionists ~ by Thomas Mullen (review coming soon)
  2. The Immortality Virus ~ by Christine Amsden
  3. Fleet of Worlds ~ by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner
  4. Banksy: Locations & Tours vol. 1 ~ by Martin Bull
  5. Banksy: Locations & Tours vol. 2 ~ by Martin Bull
  6. The Windup Girl ~ by Paolo Bacigalupi
  7. Low Town ~ by Daniel Polansky
  8. Matter (book #8 in the Culture series) ~ by Iain M. Banks
  9. The Hum and The Shiver ~ by Alex Bledsoe
  10. Outpost ~ by Adam Baker
  11. The Devil All the Time ~ by Donald Ray Pollock
  12. The American Book of the Dead ~ by Henry Baum
  13. Mr. Chartwell ~ by Rebecca Hunt
  14. The Knowledge of Good and Evil ~ by Glenn Kleier
  15. The Map of Time ~ by Felix J. Palma
  16. The Time Machine ~ by H. G. Wells
  17. The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady ~ by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
  18. Robopocalypse ~ by Daniel H. Wilson
  19. The Curse-Maker ~ by Kelli Stanley
  20. Lost in Shangri-La ~ by Mitchell Zuckoff
  21. WWW:Wonder (#3) ~ by Robert J. Sawyer
  22. All the Lives He Led ~ by Frederik Pohl
  23. A Visit from the Goon Squad ~ by Jennifer Egan
  24. WWW:Watch (#2) ~ by Robert J. Sawyer
  25. Variable Star ~ by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson
  26. Seven Years in Tibet ~ by Heinrich Harrer (translation by Robert Graves)
  27. The Healers (The Aesculapians, Book One) ~ by Thomas Heric
  28. The March ~ by E. L. Doctorow
  29. Home Fires ~ by Gene Wolfe
  30. WWW:Wake (#1) ~ by Robert J. Sawyer
  31. Life ~ by Keith Richards
  32. Beware of the Dog ~ by Brian Moore
  33. Mr. Toppit ~ by Charles Elton
  34. The Killer Angels ~ by Michael Shaara

Not Reviewed:

  1. On the Odd Hours ~ by Eric Liberge
  2. The Metalmark Contract ~ by David Batchelor


  1. Alice in Sunderland ~ by Bryan Talbot
  2. Gateways ~ edited by Elizabeth Anne Hull

Total:  36 read; 2 abandoned

Shellie’s Books Read:

  1. The Hermetica of Elysium ~ by Annmarie Banks
  2. The Conference of the Birds ~ by Peter Sis
  3. The Uncertain Places ~ by Lisa Goldstein
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray (in audio) ~ by Oscar Wilde; read by Simon Vance
  5. The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am ~ by Kjersti A. Skomsvold
  6. Those Across the River (audio) ~ by Christopher Buehlman 
  7. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (in audio) ~ by Susanna Clarke
  8. Eddie - The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe ~ written and illustrated by Scott Gustafson
  9. Eat Vegan on $4 a Day ~ by Ellen Jaffe Jones 
  10. Vegan Family Meals ~ by Ann Gentry 
  11. Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 ~ edited by Kevin J. Anderson       
  12. Promises to Keep ~ by Charles De Lint
  13. Electric Ant ~ by Philip K. Dick (adapted by David Mack; illustrated by Pascal Aline) 
  14. The Sandman - The Dream Hunters ~ by Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Yoshitak Amano 
  15. The Hobbit ~ by J.R.R. Tolkien; adapted by David Wenzel 
  16. Changeling Moon ~ by Dani Harper
  17. The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine ~ by Alina Bronsky  (translator Tim Mohr) 
  18. The Inverted Forest ~ by John Dalton 
  19. The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (in audio) ~ by Margaret Atwood   
  20. Galore ~ by Michael Crummey  
  21. Fabulous Faces: From Motivation to Transformation through Facial Plastic Surgery ~ by Peter A. Adamson M. D.
  22. The Psychopath Test ~ by Jon Ronson 
  23. Warm Bodies ~ by Isaac Marion 
  24. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making ~ by Catherynne M. Valente 
  25. Wuthering Heights ~ by Emily Brontë
  26. Bury Your Dead (Armand Gamache  #6) ~ by Louise Penny 
  27. Willy ~ by Robert Dunbar 
  28. Trouble and Her Friends ~ by Melissa Scott 
  29. Possession ~ by A.S. Byatt  (in audio)
  30. The Oracle of Stamboul ~ by Michael David Lukas
  31. Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy # 1) ~ by Lauren DeStefano 
  32. Enough About Love ~ by Hervé Le Tellier
  33. Blue ~ Lou Aronica
  34. Shadow Bound ~ by Erin Kellison 
  35. Delirium ~ by Lauren Oliver 
  36. The Afflicted Girls ~ by Susy Witten 
  37. Spellwright (Spellwright, #1) ~ by Blake Charlton
  38. Healthy Aging ~ by Andrew Weil (mini-review on Goodreads)
  39. Writing Short Stories ~ William H. Phillips (mini-review on Goodreads)

Pending Review:

  1. In Other Worlds ~ by Margaret Attwood
  2. Kafka on the Shore ~ by Haruki Marakami
  3. 52 Small Changes ~ by Brett Blumenthal
  4. Feed (audio) ~ by M. T. Anderson
  5. Name That Movie! A Painless Vocabulary Builder: Comedy & Action Edition ~ by Brian Leaf, M.A.
  6. Name That Movie! A Painless Vocabulary Builder: Romantic Comedy & Drama Edition ~ by Brian Leaf, M.A.
  7. The Wicked Good Stepmother ~ by William G. Bentrim
  8. The Marshall Plan for Writing a Novel ~ by Evan Marshal
  9. Rick Steves' Great Britain 2011 with map ~ by Rich Steves
  10. A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany ~ by Aubrey Burl

Books in Progress (number of pages read):

  1. Every Bitter Thing ~ by Leighton Gage (100)
  2. The Time In Between ~ by Maria Duenas (230)
  3. The Book of Kells ~ by R.A. MacAvoy (100)
  4. The Dove Keepers ~ by Alice Hoffman (270)
  5. Ragnarok: The End of the Gods ~ by A.S. Byatt (130)
  6. Gulliver’s Travels ~ by Jonathan Swift (100)
  7. The First Days ~ by Rhiannon Frater (130)
  8. A Long Sleep ~ by Allie Sheehan (200)
  9. Stories for the Night and Some for the Day ~ by Ben Loory (100)


  1. The Dying Light ~ by Scott D. Meek
  2. Fallen ~ by  Kate Lauren
  3. French Lessons ~ by Ellen Sussman
  4. Never Let You Go ~ by Erin Healy
  5. The Promises She Keeps ~ by Erin Healy
  6. Shea Vaughn’s Breakthrough ~ by Shea Vaughn
  7. Secret Legacy ~ by Anna Destanfano
  8. Unclean Spirits ~ by M.L.N. Hanover
  9. Lincoln’s Dream ~ by Connie Willis
  10. Afterlife ~ by Merrie Destafano

Totals:  49 books read (10 pending review); books in progress 9; abandoned 10

Stats for Completed Books

  • Female Authors: 25
  • Male Authors: 58


  • Speculative Fiction: science fiction, fantasy, and horror:
    • SF - 22
    • F - 22
    • H - 15
  • Non Fiction: 19
  • General Fiction: 14
  • Historical Fiction: 15
  • Classics and Literary:  9
  • Translations: 5
  • Graphic Novels: 5
  • Anthologies:  2
  • Audio Books: 8
  • YA/Children’s/Tweens: 13

Coming Up:  Our Favorites of 2011 and our Competed (and not so complete) Challenges for 2011

picture credit - zenobia_joy


@parridhlantern said...

BLIMEY, that's one hell of a List, of which I've not read many, but whilst perusing it I wondered if either of you had read any Jeff Noon?.

DCMetroreader said...

Pretty impressive list Shellie & John!

Shellie: Are you as anxious as I am for the second in the Chemical Romance Triology (I think the next book is due in a few weeks). Wither was amazing!

A belated Happy New Year!

Alexia561 said...

Impressive lists! Don't know how you manage to read so many books at the same time, as the most I can manage is three. And they have to be different genres or forget it! *L*

Looking forward to seeing which ones were your favorites!

Unknown said...

Gary -
Have you seen other lists with readers/bloggers going into the 200's for the number of books read in the year?

Makes us look like dabblers.

Neither of us has heard of Jeff Noon but it is curiously close to my dad's name - Jeff Nunn. *wink* - really. Beg do tell - who is he?


Kim -
And we were thinking it was a bit meager this year...

I did enjoyed - Wither - but would not put it on the top of my list. I do know it has been so very popular. I preferred - Feed - and am really enjoying - A Long Sleep - for YA dystopian.

Best wishes for your new year too!


Alexia -
I am not sure how I do it either, it's just that I am easily distracted so flit from one book to another. But I do know that I really love a book, when I can't put it down.

This year is going to be tough cutting our best list down to a manageable post.

@parridhlantern said...

Hi Shellie, here's some info on Jeff Noon, loved the Vurt Series, especially the 1st one

Simcha said...

Wow, that's quite a list. And I see there are several books here that I've been wanting to read and I somehow missed out on your reviews. I'll have to make sure to come back and catch up.
Hope you are having a great new year!

Unknown said...

Gary -
Sounds like our/John's kind of author. I added one of his books as your recommendation on Goodreads. Literary sci fi and available at the library.. can't beat that.


Simcha -
I hope your 2012 is going well too and that you are getting your little guy to sleep the whole night....if not yet then very soon! And to you finding a great read from our pile here.

Happy New Year!

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