2011 in Books

My goal for 2011 was 50 books – and that leaves out most of the things I read for school, such as a couple of plays, bits and pieces for literature courses, text books et cetera. Even without counting those I got past my goal! Champagne for all!

Without further ado, here is the list.

  1. Joe Abercrombie: the Blade Itself
  2. Scott Lynch: the Lies of Locke Lamora
  3. Ellen Kushner: Swordspoint
  4. Jane Austen: Persuasion
  5. Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility
  6. Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey x2
  7. Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer: the Mislaid Magician, or Ten Years After
  8. Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre
  9. Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer: Sorcery and Cecelia, or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot
  10. Eva Ibbotson: Magic Flutes
  11. Melissa Anelli: Harry, A History
  12. Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
  13. Julia Quinn: Brighter Than the Sun
  14. Diana Wynne Jones: Howl’s Moving Castle
  15. Horace Walpole: the Castle of Otranto
  16. Georgette Heyer: Lady of Quality
  17. Karen Joy Fowler: the Jane Austen Book Club
  18. Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
  19. Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer: the Grand Tour, or the Purloined Coronation Regalia
  20. P. G. Wodehouse: Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen
  21. Oscar Wilde: the Portrait of Mr W. H.
  22. George R. R. Martin: A Clash of Kings
  23. Robin McKinley: Rose Daughter
  24. Jeff VanderMeer: City of Saints and Madmen
  25. Georgette Heyer: Devil’s Cub
  26. Hannu Rajaniemi: the Quantum Thief
  27. Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
  28. Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  29. Ilmari Turja: Kuiva juusto
  30. Stephanie Laurens: Four in Hand
  31. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  32. Georgette Heyer: Black Moth
  33. Oscar Wilde: the Picture of Dorian Gray
  34. Douglas Hulick: Among Thieves
  35. George R. R. Martin: A Storm of Swords part 1: Steel and Snow
  36. Patrick Rothfuss: the Name of the Wind
  37. Drew D. Gray: London’s Shadows
  38. Jim Butcher: Storm Front
  39. George R. R. Martin: A Storm of Swords part 2: Blood and Gold
  40. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  41. Sam Sykes: Tome of the Undergates
  42. Georgette Heyer: Regency Buck
  43. Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
  44. Homer: Odyssey
  45. Mark Lawrence: Prince of Thorns
  46. George R. R. Martin: A Feast for Crows
  47. Euripides: Medea
  48. Glen Duncan: the Last Werewolf
  49. Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman: the Fall of the Kings
  50. Catherine Arnold: City of Sin
  51. Georgette Heyer: These Old Shades
  52. Dante Alighieri: Inferno
  53. Dan Abnett: Triumff, Her Majesty’s Hero
  54. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote, part 1
  55. Voltaire: Candide
  56. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: the Sorrows of Young Werther
  57. Patrick Rothfuss: the Wise Man’s Fear
  58. George R. R. Martin: A Dance with Dragons
  59. Julia Quinn: Everything and the Moon
  60. Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar
  61. Maurice Leblanc: 813
  62. Brandon Sanderson: the Final Empire
  63. Brandon Sanderson: the Well of Ascension
  64. Brandon Sanderson: the Hero of Ages
  65. Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin vs Sherlock Holmes

65 out of 50 is not bad, although I say it myself.

For a couple of years now I have found, usually during the summer, a book that has made me go “WOW!” This reaction usually means I fall in love with the author and read just about anything by them I can lay my hands on, and the previous years they have been:

  • 2009 – Scott Lynch (the Lies of Locke Lamora)
  • 2010 – Ellen Kushner (Privilege of the Sword)

The WOW of 2011 is… Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns)! I am beyond excited that the sequel, King of Thorns, is coming out in August this year – I will do an anticipation list later this month.

So that’s all, folks. I will get back to reading now, before it gets awfully late.(It already is, but I have two more weeks of vacation before I have to pay attention to keeping regular hours again.)


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  1. Lynch, Lawrence and Kushner, for Wow factor those are the peeps to go to. You’ve got a great mix of books on your list, here’s hoping I can read something, anything, outside my usual genres next year.

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