Sunday, January 1, 2012

My favorite books read in 2011

I think 2011 was a sad year for my reading.  I read 44 books (more than half-way down with the 45th but I am technical like that and will count it towards 2012 since the end date will be either today or tomorrow).  While, 44 books is amazing, especially with a newborn, I just didn't have any one book stick out so much that I would be like THAT was the best book I read this year.  I need to find some better books for 2012!

So here are the high-lights of my 2011 reading..

Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan Series - I flew through the first 10 books and I seriously have the 11th on my bookshelf but have been swamped with other reading commitments to finish it.   I am also a bad reader to the point, that I don't even know if the next one (is there going to be a next one?) is out yet.  Tess is a former journalist turned PI, and she is pretty entertaining.

Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles Series - I started in 2010 and then finished what was out through this summer.  I love them.  Basically, Rizzoli is a cop, Isles is an ME and Gerritsen writes some pretty grizly tales.  Also, now a tv show!

The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor - I loved this book! Honestly, it may be the best non-series book I read in 2011.  We read it as the May Group Read and I'm glad we did! Based on the stories of Taylor's grandma it is an interesting look into a nurse who illegally helped TONS of women get abortions in 1920s.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens - Another, group read, this one kept me on the edge of my seat! It is about a realtor who is kidnapped and kept on a mountain for over a year and has a child with her captor.  She eventually escapes but the quest to find out who her attacker is what kept me turning the page!

Honorable Mentions
Dreams of Joy - Lisa See
The Sandalwood Tree - Elle Newmark
The Scent of Rain and Lightning - Nancy Pickard

What was your favorite book read in 2011? How many books did you conquer?

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