Reading Retrospective 2011

Well, despite saying that I may be able to beat my record made last year in this post, the Master’s program put quite a damper on my personal reading. That being said, it was still a very good year; tried some new classics and authors, broke into a few new genres (particularly horror) and started into graphic novels.

Without further adieu, here is my reading retrospective for 2011. I hope there are a few works here that may peak your interest.

  1. The Vault of Bones by Pip Vaughan-Hughes read January 11, 2011
  2. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning read January 28, 2011
  3. Master by Colette Gale read February 4, 2011
  4. The King’s Speech by Mark Logue read February 15, 2011
  5. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian read February 26, 2011
  6. That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey read March 9, 2011
  7. The Night Season by Chelsea Cain read March 13, 2011
  8. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist read March 18, 2011
  9. The Killing Joke by Alan Moore (re-read) read March 27, 2011
  10. Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward read April 2, 2011
  11. Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison read April 2, 2011
  12. The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo read April 5, 2011
  13. My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley read April 11, 2011
  14. Into the Night by Janelle Denison read April 17, 2011
  15. I Heard that Song Before by Mary Higgins Clarke read April 25, 2011
  16. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova read May 16, 2011
  17. The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine read June 9, 2011
  18. The Story of Son by J.R.Ward read June 25, 2011
  19. An Irresistible Bachelor by J.R. Ward read July 9, 2011
  20. Exclusive by Sandra Brown read July 9, 2011
  21. The Rebel by J.R. Ward read July 16, 2011
  22. Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown read July 30, 2011
  23. Mirror Image by Sandra Brown read August 6, 2011
  24. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis read August 8, 2011
  25. The Footprints of God by Greg Iles read August 16, 2011
  26. Dead After Dark by Sherrilyn Kenyon et al. read August 24, 2011
  27. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen read September 7, 2011
  28. Envy by J.R. Ward read September 19, 2011
  29. Lethal by Sandra Brown read September 27, 2011
  30. Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon read October 6, 2011
  31. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman read October 11, 2011
  32. The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon read October 17, 2011
  33. Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Erwin read November 7, 2011
  34. A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory read November 20, 2011
  35. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen read November 24, 2011
  36. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier read December 6, 2011
  37. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon read December 14, 2011
  38. Keeping Company by Tami Hoag read December 24, 2011
  39. Heart of Gold by Tami Hoag read December 27, 2011
  40. Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag read December 28, 2011

I have to mention the worst and best book read for this year, as well as the greatest surprise. For the worst novel, the title unfortunately goes to Footprints of God by Greg Iles; I don’t know why I keep trying those types of novels (adventure, futuristic technology), because they just do not agree with me. The best novel has to go to The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon; I was unable to find time to review it, but it was a pleasure to see Jamie Fraser and Lord John Grey sharing the page again. The biggest surprise was Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; I was not even aware of what the novel was about until the trailer for the movie was released. Picking it up, I was surprised at how quickly it engrossed the reader in suspense, romance, violence, cruelty and a truly powerful tale; at the most unlikely part of the novel, I was brought to tears, and it was impossible to put down.

Well, that was the year 2011; with a five-month break from my Masters program, let’s see if I can beat 40 novels in 2012!

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