Friday, December 30, 2011

Books Read in 2011

This year I completed one book more than last year, with 42.  I really had a good reading year: many books I loved, few that I disliked.  There are a number that I began and never finished (including two from the online book club ... [boo]) but would very much like to complete.

Here's the official list. (Bolded were books I enjoyed, strikethrough books I didn't)

My 2011 Reviews:

1. Her Daughter's Dream - Francine Rivers
2. Island of the World - Michael O'Brien (AMAZING! Best fiction for 2011)
3. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - Rhoda Janzen (Worst book of the year)
4. Cinderella Ate My Daughter - Peggy Orenstein
5. Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer
6. Keeping a Nature Journal - Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E Roth.
7. Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Audio Book) - Anthony Esolen
8. Excellent Women - Barbara Pym
9. The Abyssinian - Jean-Christophe Rufin - this one is almost struck through, but I thought it well written and it made me think because I disagreed with its premises
10. In the Company of Others - Jan Karon

11. One Thousand Gifts - Ann Voskamp
12. Regency Buck - Georgette Heyer
13. Bath Tangle - Georgette Heyer
14. The Convenient Marriage - Georgette Heyer
15. The Organized Heart - Staci Eastin
16. Your Home: A Place of Grace - Susan Hunt

17. Christian Encounters: Jane Austen - Peter Leithart

18. Bambi: A Life in the Woods - Victor Salten
19. Aunt Jane's Hero - Elizabeth Prentiss
20. The Magician's Nephew (Audio Book) - C.S. Lewis
21. The Horse and His Boy (Audio Book) - C.S. Lewis
22. Beauty for Truth's Sake - Stratford Caldecott
23. A Mother's Rule of Life - Holly Pierlot
24. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
25. Persuasion - Jane Austen
26. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
27. Real Love for Real Life - Andi Ashworth
28. Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies - Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (tied for best non-fiction in 2011)
29. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction - Alan Jacobs (tied for best non-fiction in 2011)
30. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
31. The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch
32. Prince Caspian (Audio Book) - C.S. Lewis
33. Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien (review forthcoming)
34. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
35. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
36. The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
37. The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien
38. Lady of Quality - Georgette Heyer
39. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus - edited by Nancy Guthrie
40. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
41. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

I'm currently reading Lit! by Tony Reinke (and not loving it, it's OK but a bit ponderous) and The Praying Life by Paul Miller (which is quite good, helpful, and approachable)


  1. Wow- 42!!! I only accomplished 8. :( I liked how you listed the whole year's reading in 1 post. (Might have to steal that idea!)

    I added some of your books to my amazon wish list.

  2. The book The Pleasures of Reading keeps crossing my path. I am definitely going to have to read it.

  3. Still feel guilty about Mennonite in a Little Black Dress... ;)

  4. Don't feel guilty, Kristen. At least part of the reason I didn't like it is because I projected how guilty I'd feel writing about my family like that and, to me, I felt the humor was more mean than not.

    Also, I picked it up with an ulterior motive. My sister is Mennonite (Beachy) and I was looking for something a little more integrating ... how can you remain close as a family with such disparate beliefs. So, at least some of my issue was going into it looking for something that just was never intended to be there.


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