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.
- The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald.
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë.
- Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro.
- How to Be Alone, by Jonathan Franzen.
- Memoirs of Hecate County, by Edmund Wilson.
- Invisible, by Paul Auster.
- Liberal Chronicles: 60 Years of the Liberal Party 1946-2006, edited by Jonathan E. Malaya and Florencio B. Abad.
- The Sound on the Page, by Ben Yagoda.
- The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, by Siri Hustvedt.
- Grief Lessons, by Euripedes; trans. Anne Carson.
- A History of Reading, by Alberto Manguel.
- The Mark on the Wall, by Virginia Woolf.
- The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.
- The Furies, by Janet Hobhouse.
- The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote.
- Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino.
- Mapping the Mind, by Rita Carter.
- The Book that Changed My Life, ed by Roxanne J. Coady.
- The Awakening and Other Stories, by Kate Chopin.
- Stoner, by John Williams.
- On Love, by Alain de Botton.
- The Outward Room, by Millen Brand.  
- One Day, by David Nicholls.
- My Mother Taught Me, by Tor Kung.
- Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro.
- How to Write a Sentence, by Stanley Fish.
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano.
- The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, by Brian Moore.
- Cassandra at the Wedding, by Dorothy Baker.
- The Collector, by John Fowles.
- Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, by Julia Strachey.
- The Winds of Heaven, by Monica Dickens.
- Next World Novella, by Matthias Politycki.
- Journey Into the Past, by Stefan Zweig.
- In the Country of Last Things, by Paul Auster.
- The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton.
- The Sorrows of Young Werther, by J.W. von Goethe.
- Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott.
- The Gospel of Anarchy, by Justin Taylor.
- Severance, by Robert Olen Butler.
- Our Lady of the Flowers, by Jean Genet.
- The Wedding of Zein, by Tayeb Salih.
- How to Paint a Dead Man, by Sarah Hall.  
- This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- The Long Ships, by Frans G. Bengtsson.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
- — 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.
- The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett.
- The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Armin.
- The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking.
- The Dressmaker’s Child, by William Trevor.
- Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen.
- Vox, by Nicholson Baker.
- Why You Shouldn’t Eat Your Boogers, by Francesca Gould.
- The Care and Taming of a Rogue, by Suzanne Enoch.
- The Truth About Lord Stoneville, by Sabrina Jeffries.
- A Hellion in Her Bed, by Sabrina Jeffries.
- How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, by Sabrina Jeffries.
- The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson.
- Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading, by Maureen Corrigan.
- Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase.
- Les Liaisons dangereuses, by Choderlos de Laclos.
- Great House, by Nicole Krauss.
- Midsummer Moon, by Laura Kinsale.
- The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber.
- The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova.
- No Tomorrow, by Vivant Denon.
- You Do Understand, by Andrej Blatnik.
- Where the God of Love Hangs Out, by Amy Bloom.
- The Summer Without Men, by Siri Hustvedt.
- Persuasion, by Jane Austen.
- When Beauty Tamed the Beast, by Eloisa James.
- Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn, by Harvey Swados.
- The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.
- Other Stories and Other Stories, by Ali Smith.
- Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, three erotic novellas from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Melanie George, and Jaid Black. ♦♦
- Playing Easy to Get, three erotic novellas from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black, and Kresley Cole. ♦♦
- Double the Heat, four contemporary romance novellas from Lori Foster, Deirdre Martin, Elizabeth Bevarly, and Christie Ridgway. ♦♦
- Delta of Venus, by Anaïs Nin.
- The Pilgrim Hawk, by Glenway Wescott.
- Treasure of the Sun, by Christina Dodd. ♦♦
- The Science of Kissing, by Sheril Kirshenbaum.
- Memoirs of a Master Forger, by William Heaney.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. ∞∞
- The Gilded Web, by Mary Balogh.
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.∞∞
- Untouched, by Anna Campbell. ∞∞
- Tempt the Devil, by Anna Campbell. ∞∞
- An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin. ∞∞
- An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green. ∞∞
- Obsession, by Gloria Vanderbilt. ∞∞
- Stitches, by David Small. ∞∞
- Ms. Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. ∞∞
- Those marked ♦♦ posted in “General mutterings on prose, boredom, and credible love, or: Reuniting with my romance novels, v.02.”
- Those marked ∞∞ posted in “Stuff I’ve Been Reading While I Disappeared from the Glittery World of the Interwebz.
- Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss.
- How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, by Pierre Bayard.
- The Bride Stripped Bare, by Nikki Gemmell.
- The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa.
- Love Virtually, by Daniel Glattauer.
- It Happened One Season, four historical romance novellas by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacqui D’Alessandro, and Candice Hern.
- Mrs. Beeton’s Household Book, edited by Kay Farifax.
- Fair Play, by Tove Jansson.
- Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, by Edwin A. Abbott.
- The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault.
- My Reckless Surrender, by Anna Campbell.
- Tomorrow Pamplona, by Jan van Mersbergen.
- Monsieur Monde Vanishes, by Georges Simenon.
- A Preparation for Death, by Greg Baxter.
- Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale.
- Pierre et Jean, by Guy de Maupassant.
- The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman.
- Proust and the Squid, by Maryanne Wolf. ♦♦
- Reading in the Brain, by Stanislas Dehaene. ♦♦
- The Last Hellion, by Loretta Chase. ♦♦
- Lord Perfect, by Loretta Chase. ♦♦
- The Accidental Wedding, by Anne Gracie. ♦♦
- The Lady Most Likely, by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway. ♦♦
- 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, by Melissa Paranello.
- More than a Mistress, by Mary Balogh. ♦♦
- No Man’s Mistress, by Mary Balogh. ♦♦
- Those marked ♦♦ posted in “Finally: Goodbye, July.”
- Love, etc., by Julian Barnes.
- Sunflower, by Gyula Krúdy.
- Sunset Park, by Paul Auster.
- Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, by John McWhorter.
- Eros the Bittersweet, by Anne Carson.
- State of Wonder, by Anne Patchett.
- The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto.
- Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, by John Cleland.
- Enough About Love, by Hervé Le Tellier.
- If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, by Robin Black.
- Victorine, by Maude Hutchins.
- Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface, by Martha Manning.
- Ten Things I Love About You, by Julia Quinn.
- The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, by Andrew Solomon.
- Just Like Heaven, by Julia Quinn.
- Not Quite a Lady, by Loretta Chase.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.
- Moondogs, by Alexander Yates.
- The Long Weekend, by Adam David.
- How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, by Christopher Boucher.
- Everything Beautiful Began After, by Simon Van Booy.
- The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer.
- The Suicide Shop, by Jean Teulé.
- A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, by Roland Barthes.
- How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren.
- The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, by Miranda Neville.
- The Perils of Pleasure, by Julie Anne Long.
- Tony and Susan, by Austin Wright.
- The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts, by Milan Kundera.
- Visitation, by Jenny Erpenbeck.
- The Disappearing Spoon, by Sam Kean.
- Scandal of the Year, by Laura Lee Guhrke.
- Zastrozzi, by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
- Transformation, by Mary Shelley.
- Love in a Fallen City, by Eileen Chang.
- Varieties of Exile, by Mavis Gallant.
- Silk is for Seduction, by Loretta Chase.
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby.
- The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides.
- The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood.
- The Romantic Movement, by Alain de Botton.
- In Bed with a Highlander, by Maya Banks.
- The Magicians, by Lev Grossman.
- Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science & Sex, by Mary Roach.
- Hotel Iris, by Mary Roach.
- Unveiled, by Courtney Milan.
- The Story of a Marriage, by Andrew Sean Greer.
- A Kiss at Midnight, by Eloisa James.
- Half a Life, by Darin Strauss.
- History of a Pleasure Seeker, by Richard Mason.
- Unclaimed, by Courtney Milan.
- Dumot, by Alan Navarra.
- I Knew You’d be Lovely, by Anthea Black.
- To Wed a Wild Lord, by Sabrina Jeffries.
- The Secret History of the World, by Mark Booth.
- Sin, by Sharon Page.
- The Bride Wore Scarlet, by Liz Carlyle.
- Seduction of a Highland Lass, by Maya Banks.