2011 Reads

Here are the books I [will have] read this 2011. I like lists, obviously. The links lead to my thoughts about ze book — which can be anything from a sane-enough rambling, mindless dorkery, or a picture of a [usually irrelevant] burrito — so Go Clicky!, if you are so inclined.



  1. The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald.
  2. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë.
  3. Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro.
  4. How to Be Alone, by Jonathan Franzen.
  5. Memoirs of Hecate County, by Edmund Wilson.
  6. Invisible, by Paul Auster.
  7. Liberal Chronicles: 60 Years of the Liberal Party 1946-2006, edited by Jonathan E. Malaya and Florencio B. Abad.
  8. The Sound on the Page, by Ben Yagoda.
  9. The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, by Siri Hustvedt.
  10. Grief Lessons, by Euripedes; trans. Anne Carson.
  11. A History of Reading, by Alberto Manguel.
  12. The Mark on the Wall, by Virginia Woolf.
  13. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.
  14. The Furies, by Janet Hobhouse.
  15. The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.



  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote.
  2. Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino.
  3. Mapping the Mind, by Rita Carter.
  4. The Book that Changed My Life, ed by Roxanne J. Coady.
  5. The Awakening and Other Stories, by Kate Chopin.
  6. Stoner, by John Williams.
  7. On Love, by Alain de Botton.
  8. The Outward Room, by Millen Brand. [01] [02]
  9. One Day, by David Nicholls.
  10. My Mother Taught Me, by Tor Kung.
  11. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro.
  12. How to Write a Sentence, by Stanley Fish.
  13. The Solitude of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano.
  14. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, by Brian Moore.
  15. Cassandra at the Wedding, by Dorothy Baker.
  16. The Collector, by John Fowles.
  17. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, by Julia Strachey.
  18. The Winds of Heaven, by Monica Dickens.



  1. Next World Novella, by Matthias Politycki.
  2. Journey Into the Past, by Stefan Zweig.
  3. In the Country of Last Things, by Paul Auster.
  4. The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton.
  5. The Sorrows of Young Werther, by J.W. von Goethe.
  6. Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott.
  7. The Gospel of Anarchy, by Justin Taylor.
  8. Severance, by Robert Olen Butler.
  9. Our Lady of the Flowers, by Jean Genet.
  10. The Wedding of Zein, by Tayeb Salih.
  11. How to Paint a Dead Man, by Sarah Hall. [01] [02]
  12. This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  13. The Long Ships, by Frans G. Bengtsson.
  14. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  15. 21. In “Seven Skinny Pocket Penguins” post: Innocent House, by P.D. James; Idiot Nation, by Michael Moore; The School Inspector Calls, by Gervase Phinn; 1914: Why the World Went to War, by Niall Ferguson; Death in the Bunker, by Ian Kershaw; The Queen in Hell Close, by Sue Townsend; The Aristocratic Adventurer, by David Cannadine.



  1. The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett
  2. The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Armin
  3. The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking
  4. The Dressmaker’s Child, by William Trevor
  5. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
  6. Vox, by Nicholson Baker
  7. Why You Shouldn’t Eat Your Boogers, by Francesca Gould
  8. The Care and Taming of a Rogue, by Suzanne Enoch.
  9. The Truth About Lord Stoneville, by Sabrina Jeffries
  10. A Hellion in Her Bed, by Sabrina Jeffries
  11. How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, by Sabrina Jeffries
  12. The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson
  13. Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading, by Maureen Corrigan.
  14. Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase
  15. Les Liaisons dangereuses, by Choderlos de Laclos.
  16. Great House, by Nicole Krauss
  17. Midsummer Moon, by Laura Kinsale.
  18. The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber.
  19. The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova.
  20. No Tomorrow, by Vivant Denon
» #01 and #03 to #07 quite flakily discussed in “Hello, from the Glittery Land of Lazy Bloggers.”
» #13, #15, and #16 in “Since I Last Saw You.”
» #02, #12, and #20 in “Reuniting with My Romance Novels.”
» #18 and #19 in “Commitment Issues.”
» #02, #12, and #19 in “Summer NYRBs.”



  1. You Do Understand, by Andrej Blatnik.
  2. Where the God of Love Hangs Out, by Amy Bloom.
  3. The Summer Without Men, by Siri Hustvedt.
  4. Persuasion, by Jane Austen.
  5. When Beauty Tamed the Beast, by Eloisa James.
  6. Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn, by Harvey Swados.
  7. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.
  8. Other Stories and Other Stories, by Ali Smith.
  9. Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, three erotic novellas from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Melanie George, and Jaid Black♦♦
  10. Playing Easy to Get, three erotic novellas from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black, and Kresley Cole♦♦
  11. Double the Heat, four contemporary romance novellas from Lori Foster, Deirdre Martin, Elizabeth Bevarly, and Christie Ridgway♦♦
  12. Delta of Venus, by Anaïs Nin.
  13. The Pilgrim Hawk, by Glenway Wescott.
  14. Treasure of the Sun, by Christina Dodd♦♦
  15. The Science of Kissing, by Sheril Kirshenbaum.
  16. Memoirs of a Master Forger, by William Heaney.
  17. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot∞∞
  18. The Gilded Web, by Mary Balogh.
  19. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.∞∞
  20. Untouched, by Anna Campbell∞∞
  21. Tempt the Devil, by Anna Campbell. ∞∞ 
  22. An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin∞∞
  23. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green∞∞
  24. Obsession, by Gloria Vanderbilt∞∞
  25. Stitches, by David Small∞∞
  26. Ms. Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum∞∞



  1. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss.
  2. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, by Pierre Bayard.
  3. The Bride Stripped Bare, by Nikki Gemmell.
  4. The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa.
  5. Love Virtually, by Daniel Glattauer.
  6. It Happened One Season, four historical romance novellas by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacqui D’Alessandro, and Candice Hern.
  7. Mrs. Beeton’s Household Book, edited by Kay Farifax.
  8. Fair Play, by Tove Jansson.
  9. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, by Edwin A. Abbott.
  10. The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault.
  11. My Reckless Surrender, by Anna Campbell.
  12. Tomorrow Pamplona, by Jan van Mersbergen.
  13. Monsieur Monde Vanishes, by Georges Simenon.



  1. A Preparation for Death, by Greg Baxter.
  2. Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale.
  3. Pierre et Jean, by Guy de Maupassant.
  4. The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman.
  5. Proust and the Squid, by Maryanne Wolf
  6. Reading in the Brain, by Stanislas Dehaene
  7. The Last Hellion, by Loretta Chase
  8. Lord Perfect, by Loretta Chase
  9. The Accidental Wedding, by Anne Gracie
  10. The Lady Most Likely, by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway
  11. 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, by Melissa Paranello.
  12. More than a Mistress, by Mary Balogh
  13. No Man’s Mistress, by Mary Balogh



  1. Love, etc., by Julian Barnes.
  2. Sunflower, by Gyula Krúdy.
  3. Sunset Park, by Paul Auster.
  4. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, by John McWhorter.
  5. Eros the Bittersweet, by Anne Carson.
  6. State of Wonder, by Anne Patchett.
  7. The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto.
  8. Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, by John Cleland.
  9. Enough About Love, by Hervé Le Tellier.
  10. If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, by Robin Black.
  11. Victorine, by Maude Hutchins.
  12. Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface, by Martha Manning.
  13. Ten Things I Love About You, by Julia Quinn.
  14. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, by Andrew Solomon.
  15. Just Like Heaven, by Julia Quinn.
  16. Not Quite a Lady, by Loretta Chase.



  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.
  2. Moondogs, by Alexander Yates.
  3. The Long Weekend, by Adam David.
  4. How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, by Christopher Boucher.
  5. Everything Beautiful Began After, by Simon Van Booy.
  6. The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer.
  7. The Suicide Shop, by Jean Teulé.
  8. A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, by Roland Barthes.
  9. How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren.
  10. The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, by Miranda Neville.
  11. The Perils of Pleasure, by Julie Anne Long.



  1. Tony and Susan, by Austin Wright.
  2. The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts, by Milan Kundera.
  3. Visitation, by Jenny Erpenbeck.
  4. The Disappearing Spoon, by Sam Kean.
  5. Scandal of the Year, by Laura Lee Guhrke.
  6. Zastrozzi, by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
  7. Transformation, by Mary Shelley.
  8. Love in a Fallen City, by Eileen Chang.
  9. Varieties of Exile, by Mavis Gallant.
  10. Silk is for Seduction, by Loretta Chase.
  11. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby.
  12. The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides.
  13. The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood.
  14. The Romantic Movement, by Alain de Botton.



  1. In Bed with a Highlander, by Maya Banks.
  2. The Magicians, by Lev Grossman.
  3. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science & Sex, by Mary Roach.
  4. Hotel Iris, by Mary Roach.
  5. Unveiled, by Courtney Milan.
  6. The Story of a Marriage, by Andrew Sean Greer.
  7. A Kiss at Midnight, by Eloisa James.
  8. Half a Life, by Darin Strauss.
  9. History of a Pleasure Seeker, by Richard Mason.
  10. Unclaimed, by Courtney Milan.



  1. Dumot, by Alan Navarra.
  2. I Knew You’d be Lovely, by Anthea Black.
  3. To Wed a Wild Lord, by Sabrina Jeffries.
  4. The Secret History of the World, by Mark Booth.
  5. Sin, by Sharon Page.
  6. The Bride Wore Scarlet, by Liz Carlyle.
  7. Seduction of a Highland Lass, by Maya Banks.
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4 thoughts on “2011 Reads

  1. holy crap you read a lot of books. (and i’m sure you get that a lot.) but seriously, how do you do it? are you some kind of superhero with bionic speedreading powers?
    it’s somewhat annoyingly amazing. here i thought i was doing okay with 6 books a month. (and i’m secretly hoping that a 9-5 day job is a valid excuse for the lesser amount of reading)
    so what’s your secret?

    1. No secret, really — just the willingness to forgo life on your spare time [even making spare time to forgo life with] to read a book, or two, or three, or whenever the sun comes up, and after. :]


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