The Pages of 2011

Year Roundup (a post I ran across at Book Memes & Quizzes)

What’s the best book you read this year?
It’s a tossup between Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life, and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  I loved them all, but because they’re so different, it’s hard to say which stands out the most for me.

Any other standouts?
Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, Flannery O’Connor’s Complete Stories, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.  All were excellent, compelling reads.

What’s the most challenging book you read this year?
Feodor Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler.  It was a very difficult book to get into (took about 1/3 of the book to really sink into the story), and it was a setting that I just don’t relate to at all.  I enjoyed the story, but it was definitely outside of my frame of reference.

What’s the worst book you read this year?
Dear Author: Letters of Hope  – a great idea, but very poorly executed in my opinion.  Way too long, and some of the author responses were preachy & ridiculous.

Which authors featured most prominently for you in 2011?
Pat Conroy (2), Lisa See (2)

Were you part of a reading challenge? Did you meet it?
I was part of several reading challenges.  My standard challenge is to read 100 books during the calendar year, which is a big challenge for me and not conquered as of yet.  I did an audiobook challenge, ending the year with 26.  I tried a TBR challenge for the second time, and for the second time I flaked on it, mostly because I don’t like planning my reading in advance because my taste meanders around so much.  I worked on about four other challenges sporadically, one “unofficially” (I didn’t sign up), and one that didn’t have an ending date (so I’m still “technically” working on it).

Are you signed up for any in 2012?
150+ Challenge for 2012, What’s in a Name 5, Southern Lit Challenge 2012, Adoption Reading Challenge, Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 (aka Howards End is On the Landing), Back to the Classics 2012, Les Miserables Read-Along.  There may be others – I’m contemplating another audiobook challenge as well as continuing the 50-State Reading challenge I started last year.

What books are you hoping to get for Christmas (or buy next, if you don’t do the holiday gifting season thing)?
None – I like to buy my own, so I’d rather a gift card.

Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2012?
A Personal Odyssey by Thomas Sowell, more of Pat Conroy, The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, more Asian & Indian authors, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo



  1. What a great reading year you’ve had. I have Anne Frank and Rebecca languishing in the TBR. I’d love to think that I’d get to do a Les Miserables readalong, but I’m already behind, and it’s only Jan 14!

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