Monday, January 24, 2011

Year of Books: 2011 Edition

As I did in 2010, I will be sharing my 2011 reading list here on NTB. I add books to the list as I finish them. If I've "reviewed" the book on this blog, I'll link to the review.

It seems both reading habits and the publishing industry are being challenged (invigorated or threatened, depending upon whom you ask) by the explosion of ereading. The Kindle and, more powerfully, the Kindle app for the ipod touch have definitely changed my reading habits (for the better, I think). I thought it might be interesting to track not only what I read, but also how I read.
I'd argue there are few people who love books as physical objects as much as I do, but I find that I love the stories themselves even more. I am very thankful that audiobooks, ebooks, and Apple products make it easy for me to read within the confines of a life that offers few opportunities for curling up on the couch and peacefully reading "real books."
Please click on the Booksburgh link on the left sidebar any time you want to revisit this continually updated reading list. (An * indicates a book I am re-reading.)
Please, please, please leave any and all book recommendations in the comments! There is nothing I love more than finding a new book or author to add to my to-read list.


2011 Reading List
Anne of Windy Poplars* by L.M. Montgomery
(paperback – my copy from seventh grade!)

Anne’s House of Dreams* by L.M. Montgomery
(ebook – Kindle app on ipod touch)

I Still Dream of You by Fannie Flagg
(audiobook – download from audible.com)

Them by Nathan McCall
(audiobook – download from audible.com)

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
(ebook -- Kindle app on ipod touch)

Rainbow Valley* by L.M. Montgomery
(ebook -- Kindle app on ipod touch)

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
(audiobook – download from audible.com)

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Gail Skeketee and Randy Frost
(ebook -- Kindle app on ipod touch)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
(ebook -- Kindle app on ipod touch)

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana* by Haven Kimmel
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
(paperback)

The Provincial Lady in London by E.M. Delafield
(paperback)

Rilla of Ingleside* by L.M. Montgomery
(ebook -- Kindle app on iphone)

Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford
(ebook -- Kindle app on iphone)

Mrs. Ames by E.F. Benson
(ebook -- Kindle app on iphone)

Skipping A Beat by Sarah Pekkanen
(ebook -- Nook app on iphone)

The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen
(ebook -- Nook app on iphone)

The Three Weissmans of Westport by Cathleen Schine
(ebook -- Nook app on ipod touch)

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
(hardback)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud
(ebook -- Kindle app on iphone)

The Old Romantic by Louise Dean
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love Story by Ree Drummond
(hardback)

My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe
(ebook -- Kindle app on iphone)

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

Love's Shadow by Ada Leverson
(ebook -- Kindle app on iphone)

The Enchanted April* by Elizbeth von Arnim
(ebook -- Kindle app on iphone)

Bossypants by Tina Fey
(hardback)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

Me and a Guy Named Elvis by Jerry Schilling and Chuck Crisafulli
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Summer and the City, A Carrie Diaries Novel by Candace Bushnell
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
(ebook--Kindle app on iphone)

Poser: My Life In Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer
(hardback)

It's All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine by Wade Rouse
(hardback, Chicago Public Library)

The Provincial Lady in America by E.M. Delafield
(paperback, Chicago Public Library)

Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews
(ebook--Kindle app on iphone)

The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Pride and Prejudice* by Jane Austen
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Persuasion* by Jane Austen
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor
(hardback, Chicago Public Library)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
(ebook--Kindle app on iphone)

The Ninth Wife: A Novel by Amy Stolls
(ebook--Kindle app on iphone)

The First Husband by Laura Dave
(hardback, Chicago Public Library)

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
(hardback, Chicago Public Library)

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Sense and Sensibility* by Jane Austen
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail by Caitlin Kelly
(hardback, Chicago Public Library)

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
(hardback)

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

The Two Mrs. Abbotts by D.E. Stevenson
(audiobook--download from audible.com)

Planting Dandelions: Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman
(hardback, EPL)

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
(paperback, EPL)

Following Polly: A Novel by Karen Bergreen
(ebook -- Kindle app on iphone)

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
(hardback -- EPL)

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
(hardback -- EPL)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
(paperback)

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
(audiobook -- download from audible.com)

One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
(audiobook -- CDs from EPL)

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
(ebook -- kindle app for iphone)

Practical Jean by Trevor Cole
(paperback -- EPL)

Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me and Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling
(hardback)

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston
(hardback -- EPL)

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen by Donia Bijan
(hardback)

Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last by Lee Lipsenthal
(hardback)

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn
(hardback)

Comfort and Joy by India Knight
(audiobook -- audible.com)

The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton
(audiobook -- audible.com)

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
(audiobook -- audible.com)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
(audiobook -- audible.com)

Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
(audiobook -- audible.com)

The Radleys by Matt Haig
(audiobook -- audible.com)

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
(audiobook -- audible.com)

Straight Man* by Richard Russo
(audiobook -- audible.com)

A Year and Six Seconds by Isabel Gillies
(audiobook -- audible.com)













































8 comments:

Stacia said...

We're getting Kindles for Romania. I'm really hoping they'll help me find more time to read, instead of letting the library books pile up and then returning most of them unread. Ironically, the only book on our new Kindle right now is all about living in Romania!

PS: Yay for Anne with an e Shirley! I always did have a crush on that Gilbert Blythe.

Steph said...

Alwasy some of my favorite posts!

Lady Jennie said...

I've read all of the Anne books many times. I so love them.

Actchy said...

Thanks for posting this, MEP. I just finally have had time to start reading again, and the hubby gave me a Kindle for Christmas. You'll be interested to know that the first book I downloaded (aside from Happy Sleep Habits for Twins or some such thing) was...um. What was it called? About all the different stories that interlapped around the man who tightrope-walked between the Twin Towers? Anyway, you reviewed it on NTB, and that's where I got the idea.

I am pretty sure that the one huge difference between reading "real books" and books in electronic form, for me, will be that I will have no idea the titles and authors of what I read. No?

CaraBee said...

Well, I just told you everything I would lave left in a comment, but I hate not to leave one. :)

I like your idea of tracking what format you're reading in. I'll have to do that myself. Since my library's selection of lendable ebooks is not as extensive as their paper collection, I still read a good number of the traditional variety, but I love the Nook. And now that Neil has a Nook Color, which is essentially a little iPad, he's always got his nose in that thing.

Anywho, can't wait to see what the fab MEP is reading this year!

E... said...

So far it's been an audiobook year for me. I really really liked Room, though I was at first afraid I'd be put off by the child narrator. Keep finding myself getting choked up thinking about it, even a couple of weeks later.
Currently listening to I'd Know you Anywhere by Laura LIppman. Pretty good.
Finally getting into Cutting for Stone on my Kindle, and finally enjoying it. Took me longer than I thought.

WPA said...

MEP, I have become even a faster reader with the Kindle. I LOVE it. I went through a WWII phase recently and read The Invisible Bridge, The Glass Room, and The Piano Teacher. I highly recommend The Invisible Bridge. Happy reading! WPA

Mrs.Mayhem said...

I'm a lover of traditional books, but after reading so many comments about how awesome the kindle is, I might need to check it out.

 
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