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211 in 2011: A Literary Overview

I'm so ridiculously proud of myself. 211! I did it! With time to spare! If you have not visited the home page of my journal lately, here is the complete Reading List full of clever annotations, page 1 and page 2. Now featuring year-end statistics and a shiny pie chart! If you're done with that, we can move on to this incredibly complex post. A great way to end the year, don't you think?

Part I: The Original List
In case anyone is lazy/unwilling to click the reading lists, and/or because it's in two parts and that annoys me personally, here is the streamlined, annotation-free version of the list in one go:

For extra amusement purposes, I have added little $ to the end of this list to reflect books I owned or ended up buying.

January (17)
1. A Certain Strain of Peculiar -- Gigi Amateau. 261 pg/2009. **** [1/4]
2. X Isle -- Steve Augarde. 475 pg/2009. **  [1/7]
3. Jake Riley: Irreparably Damaged -- Rebecca Fjelland Davis. 265 pg/2003. [1/9]
4. The Clearing - Heather Davis. 215 pg/2010. **** [1/9]
5. After the Moment - Garret Freymann-Weyr. 328 pg/2009. ***** [1/10]
6. Big Fat Manifesto - Susan Vaught. 308 pg/2008. **½ [1/11]
7. Stalker Girl - Rosemary Graham. 296 pg/2010. *** [1/15]
8. Palace Beautiful - Sarah DeFord Williams. 232 pg/2010. **** [1/16] $
9. Liar - Justine Larbalestier. 376 pg/2009. *** [1/17]
10. Invisible Girl - Mary Hanlon Stone. 279 pg/2010. *** [1/17]
11. To Be Mona - Kelly Easton. 218 pg/2008. ** [1/20]
12. Hate List - Jennifer Brown. 407 pg/2009. ****½ [1/23]
13. Audrey, Wait! - Robin Benway. 313 pg/2008. ***½ [1/23]
14. Ghost of Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen. 154 pg/2008. *** [1/24]
15. War Horse - Michael Morpurgo. 165 pg/1982. ***** [1/28]
16. Beachmont Letters - Cathleen Twomey. 223 pg/2003. *** [1/30]
17. Megan's Beat - Lou Willet Stanek. 201 pg/1983. *** [1/30] $

February (16)
18. Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson. 278 pg/2009. ***½ [2/1]
19. Exposed - Susan Vaught. 330 pg/2008. **** [2/6]
20. Hit and Run - Lurlene McDaniel. 180 pg/2007. [2/8] $
21. Wish You Were Here - Catherine Clarke. 212 pg/2007. *** [2/12] $ (Dollar Tree investment for resale)
22. Half Brother - Kenneth Oppel. 375 pg/2010. *** [2/13]
23. The Devil's Paintbox - Victoria McKernan. 354 pg/2009. ***½ [2/15]
24. Recipe for Disaster - Maureen Fergus. 252 pg/2009. **** [2/19]
25. Ruby - Francesca Lia Block & Carmen Staton. 209 pg/2006. ***½ [2/19]
26. Looks - Madeline George. 240 pg/2008. ***½ [2/19]
27. After the Rain -- Norma Fox Mazer. 290 pg/1987. **** [2/19] $
28. Rose By Any Other Name - Maureen McCarthy. 336 pg/2006. **½ [2/20]
29. The Beef Princess of Practical County - Michelle Houts. 226 pg/2009. *** [2/20]
30. Tenderness - Robert Cormier. 229 pg/1997. *** [2/20]
31. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins. 374 pg/2008. ** [2/21]
32. The Chosen One - Carol Lynch Williams. 213 pg/2009. *** [2/28]
33. The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption [NF] - Jim Gorant.279 pg/2010. *** [2/28]

March (13)
34. Unseen Companion - Denise Goslinger Orenstein. 349 pg/2003. **** [3/5] 
35. Holding Up the Earth - Dianne E. Gray. 210 pg/2000. ****½ [3/6] $
36. Somebody Everybody Listens To - Suzanne Supplee. 248 pg/2010. ***** [3/6]
37. Safe - Susan Shaw. 168 pg/2007. **½ [3/9]
38. The Dog Who Healed a Family [NF] - Jo Coudert. 182 pg/2010. *** [3/10]
39. The Nature of Jade - Deb Caletti. 288 pg/2007. ***** [3/11]
40. Walking Ollie [NF] - Stephen Foster. 177 pg/2006. *** [3/12]
41. Fetching Dylan [NF] - Stephen Foster. 288 pg/2009. *** [3/13]
42. The Girl Next Door - Selene Castrovilla. 237 pg/2010. [3/20]
43. Stranded - J.T. Dutton. 246 pg/2010. **½ [3/21]
44. Very LeFreak - Rachel Cohn. 303 pg/2010. ****½ [3/26]
45. A Girl Named Sooner - Suzanne Clauser. 254 pg/1972. ***½ [3/27] $
46. Bad Girls Don't Die - Katie Alender. 346 pg/2009. **** [3/31]

April (13)
47. Heart of Fire - Victoria Holmes. 340 pg/2006. ***½ [4/1]
48. Compromised - Heidi Ayarbe. 452 pg/2010. ** [4/2]
49. The Georges and the Jewels - Jane Smiley. 232 pg/2009. **** [4/11] $
50. Carpe Diem - Autumn Cornwell. 360 pg/2007.  [4/11]
51. Chasing Down the Dawn [NF] - Jewel Kilcher. 142 pg/2000. ***** [4/11]
52. A Walk Across America [NF] - Peter Jenkins. 320 pg/1979. **** [4/13] $
53. I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? [NF] - Suzy Becker. 282 pg/2004. *** [4/17]
54. Blindsided - Priscilla Cummings. 226 pg/2010. *** [4/18]
55. In a Heartbeat - Loretta Ellsworth. 214 pg/2010. *** [4/19]
56. Massive - Julia Bell. 261 pg/2002. *** [4/22] $ (but reselling)
57. Wild Roses - Deb Caletti. 296 pg/2005. ***½ [4/24]
58. Last Dog on the Hill [NF] - Steve Duno. 323 pg/2010. **** [4/27]
59. Dewey's Nine Lives [NF] - Vicki Myron w/ Brett Winter. 300 pg/2010. **½ [4/29]

May (7) 
60. Home is Beyond the Mountains - Celia Barker Lottridge. 224 pg/2010. *** [5/6]
61. The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin. 182 pg/1978. ***** [5/8]
62. Donkey: The Mystique of Equus Asinus [NF] - Michael Tobias & Jane Morrison. 193 pg/2007. *** [5/21]
63. The Sweetness of Salt - Cecilia Galante. 311 pg/2010. **** [5/22]
64. Losing Forever - Gayle Friesen. 247 pg/2002. **½ [5/22]
65. The Egg and I [NF] - Betty MacDonald. 287 pg/1945. ***** [5/31]  
66. An Acquaintance with Darkness - Ann Rinaldi. 370 pg/1997. *** [5/31]

June (17)
67. Torn to Pieces - Margot McDonnell. 258 pg/2008. *** [6/4]
68. Red Kayak - Priscilla Cummings. 208 pg/2004. *** [6/5]
69. The Secret Life of Prince Charming - Deb Caletti. 336 pg/2009. **½ [6/7]
70. My Lost and Found Life - Melodie Bowsher. 312 pg/2006. *** [6/10] 
71. The Snowball Effect - Holly Nicole Hoxter. 2010. ***  [6/14]
72. Five Minutes More - Darlene Ryan. 212 pg/2009. ** [6/19]
73. Hazel - Julie Hearn. 389 pg/2007. *** [6/22]
74. Porcupine - Meg Tilly. 232 pg/2007. **** [6/24]
75. And Then Everything Unraveled - Jennifer Sturman. 244 pg/2009. **** [6/24]
76. Out of Focus - Margaret Buffie.  239 pg/2006. ***½ [6/24]
77. When the Black Girl Sings - Bil Wright. 266 pg/2008. *** [6/25]
78. Pounding Hooves - Dorothy Grunbock Johnston. 254 pg/1976. **** [6/25] $
79. Saving Maddie - Varian Jonson. 231 pg/2010. *** [6/27]
80. Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale. 306 pg/2007. *** [6/27]
81. My Invisible Boyfriend - Susie Day. 275 pg/2009. *** [6/28]
82. Chasing Tail Lights - Patrick Jones. 294 pg/2007. *½ [6/30]
83. Solace of the Road - Siobhan Dowd. 261 pg/2009. *** [6/30]

July (24)
84. In Search of Mockingbird - Loretta Ellsworth. 181 pg/2007. **** [7/2]
85. And Then I Found Out the Truth - Jennifer Sturman. 262 pg/2010. **** [7/3]
86. Living Dead Girl - Elizabeth Scott. 170 pg/2008. **** [7/3]
87. The Half Life of Planets - Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin. 247 pg/2010. **** [7/4]
88. The Twin's Daughter - Lauren Baratz-Logsted. 390 pg/2010. **** [7/5]
89. Take Me There - Susane Colasanti. 290 pg/2008. ***½ [7/7]
90. Rosie and Skate - Beth Ann Bauman. 224 pg/2009. *** [7/8]
91. An Off Year - Claire Zulkey. 213 pg/2009. ****½ [7/9]
92. The Wreckers - Iain Lawrence. 196 pg/1998. *** [7/10]
93. Deadly - Julie Chibbarro. 293 pg/2011. *** [7/12]
94. Teenage Waistland - Lynn Biederman & Lisa Pazer. 317 pg/2010. **½ ]7/14]
95. Anything But Ordinary - Valerie Hobbs. 168 pg/2007. ****½ [7/16] $
96. Vulture's Wake - Kirsty Murray. 267 pg/2009. ** [7/16]
97. Would You - Marthe Jocelyn. 165 pg/2008. ***½ [7/16]
98. Upstream - Melissa Lion. 160 pg/2009. *** [7/17]
99. Alis - Naomi Rich. 274 pg/2009. *** [7/17]
100. The September Sisters - Jillian Cantor. 361 pg/2009. *** [7/18]
101. Tell Me a Secret - Holly Cupala. 292 pg/2010. **½ [7/23]
102. Trapped - Michael Northrop. 232 pg/2011. **** [7/24]
103. The Other Sister - S.T. Underdah. 248 pg/2007.  ***½ [7/24]
104. Spotting for Nellie - Pamela Lowell. 296 pg/2010. **½ [7/24]
105. The Uninvited - Tim Wynne-Jones. 353 pg/2009. **** [7/28]
106. Stealing Heaven - Elizabeth Scott. 207 pg/2008. **** [7/29]
107. The Deadly Sister - Eliot Schrefer. 310 pg/2010. **** [7/30]

August (19)
108. A Blue So Dark - Holly Schindler. 275 pg/2010. *** [8/5]
109. Edges - Lena Roy. 162 pg/2010. ** [8/6]
110. Girl, Stolen - April Henry. 213 pg/2010. *** [8/6]
111. The Winter of Our Disconnect [NF] - Susan Maushart. 265 pg/2010. ***½ [8/8]
112. Between Sisters - Adwoa Badoe. 202 pg/2010. *** [8/9] 
113. Stay With Me - Garret Freymann-Weyr. 308 pg/2006. ****½ [8/13] 
114. The Hostage - Theodore Taylor. 159 pg/1987. **** [8/16]
115. The Anti-Prom - Abby McDonald. 280 pg/2011. *** [8/17]
116. Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts - Lucy Dillon. 438 pg/2009. ***** [8/18]
117. Forever Changes - Brendan Halpin. 181 pg/2008. ***½ [8/19]
118. The Kings Are Already Here - Garret Freymann-Weyr. 149 pg/2003. ** [8/19]
119. The Cinderella Society - Kay Cassidy. 322 pg/2010. **½ [8/21]
120. The Daughters Break the Rules - Joanna Philbin. 276 pg/2010. *** [8/21]
121. Hot Lunch - Alex Bradley. 276 pg/2007. ***½ [8/21]
122. This Gorgeous Game - Donna Freitas. 208 pg/2010. **** [8/23]
123. Cures for Heartbreak - Margo Rabb. 256 pg/2007. **½ [8/25]
124. Cloaked in Red - Vivian Vande Velde. 127 pg/2010. *** [8/27]
125. Store Bought Baby - Sandra Belton. 246 pg/2006. *** [8/28]
126. Confessions of a Serial Kisser - Wendelin Van Draanen. 294 pg/2008. ** [8/29]

September (13)
127. Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me - Kristen Chandler. 371 pg/2010. ****½ [9/3]
128. One Whole and Perfect Day - Judith Clarke. 250 pg/2006. **** [9/10]
129. Jump - Elisa Carbone. 258 pg/2010. **½ [9/11]
130. Sweet William: A Memoir of Old Horse - John Hawkins. 269 pg/1993. *** [9/18]
131. The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens - "Ashley Juergens". 230 pg/2010. ***½ [9/18]
132. Where the Truth Lies - Jessica Warman. 308 pg/2010. **** [9/18]
133. One Second After - William Forstchen. 350 pg/2009. ****½ [9/19]
134. Coffeehouse Angel - Suzanne Selfors. 276 pg/2009. *** [9/19]
135. Bliss - Lauren Myracle. 464 pg/2006. ***½ [9/23]
136. The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon - Sara Beitia. 301 pg/2010. ** [9/26]
137. See No Evil - Jamila Gavin. 199 pg/2008. *** [9/26]
138. My Ultimate Sister Disaster - Jane Mendle. 198 pg/2010. *** [9/28]
139. Plus - Veronica Chambers. 271 pg/2009. *** [9/28]

October (26)
140. The Life of Glass - Jillian Cantor. 340 pg/2010. ***½ [10/2]
141. Peace, Love and Baby Ducks - Lauren Myracle. 289 pg/2009. **** [10/2]
142. Kiss My Book - Jamie Michaels. 274 pg/2007. **½ [10/3]
143. Wonderland - Joanna Nadin. 208 pg/2009. *** [10/3]
144. Tempo Change - Barbara Hall. 247 pg/2009. **½ [10/7]
145. Four Seasons: A Novel in Four Movements - Jane Breskin Zalben. 322 pg/2011. **½ [10/11]
146. The Diamonds - Ted Michael. 342 pg/2009. *** [10/13]
147. Vintage Veronica - Erica Perl. 277 pg/2010. *** [10/14]
148. Animal Patients: 50 Years in the Life of an Animal Doctor [NF] - Edward Scanlon w/ Martha Scalon Ronemus. 219 pg/2000. **** [10/16]
149. Willow - Julia Hoban. 329 pg/2009. **** [10/17]
150. The Vinyl Princess - Yvonne Prinz. 313 pg/2010. ***½ [10/17]
151. Jump - Ginger Rue. 217 pg/2010. *** [10/18]
152. Summer Hawk - Deborah Savage. 297 pg/1999. **** [10/19]
153. Where I Belong - Gwendolyn Heasley. 291 pg/2011. ***½ [10/20]
154. The Six Rules of Maybe - Deb Caletti. 321 pg/2010. ***½ [10/21]
155. Lions and Tigers and Mares...Oh My! [NF] - Gay Louise Baillet. 325 pg/2004. **** [10/22]
156. Citizen Mitten [NF] - William Voedisch. 200 pg/2009. **** [10/23]
157. Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love [NF] - Matthew Logelin. 262 pg/2011. **** [10/23]
158. Dog Years: A Memoir [NF] - Mark Doty. 216 pg/2007. *** [10/24]
159. Elixir - Hilary Duff. 336 pg/2010. *** [10/24]
160. Side Effects - Amy Goldman Koss. 146 pg/2006. *** [10/26]
161. Virals - Kathy Reichs. 454 pg/2010. ***½ [10/30]
162. Slept Away - Julie Kraut. 303 pg/2009. *** [10/31]
163. The Alison Rules - Catherine Clarke. 264 pg/2004. *** [10/31]
164. Tweet Heart - Elizabeth Rudnick. 266 pg/2010. *** [10/31]
165. Chasing Alliecat - Rebecca Fjelland Davis 277 pg/2011. **½ [10/31]

November (26)
166. All Rivers Flow to the Sea - Alison Mcghee. 168 pg/2005. [11/2]
167. Countdown - Deborah Wiles. 376 pg/2010. *** [11/3]
168. Mostly Good Girls - Leila Sales. 327 pg/2010. **** [11/4]
169. Dirty Little Secrets - C.J. Omololu. 212 pg/2010. ***½ [11/4]
170. Miles from Ordinary - Carol Lynch Williams. 197 pg/2011. ** [11/5]
171. The Comeback Season - Jennifer E. Smith. 246 pg/2008. **** [11/5]
172. Books: A Memoir [NF] - Larry McMurty. 259 pg/2008. ****½ [11/6]
173.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs. 352 pg/2011. ***** [11/6]
174. Lost For Words - Alice Kuipers. 210 pg/2010. ** [11/6]
175. The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before - Ann M. Martin. 215 pg/2010. *** [11/7]
176. Revolution - Jennifer Donnelly. 496 pg/2010. **** [11/8]
177. What Comes After - Steve Watkins. 334 pg/2011. **** [11/10]
178. Stray - Stacey Goldblatt. 276 pg/2007. *** [11/13]
179. Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys. 344 pg/2011. **** [11/15]
180. The Fur Person - May Sarton. 106 pg/1957. ***½ [11/18]
181. A Girl Can Dream - Betty Cavanna. 189 pg/1948. **** [11/18] $
182. Stolen - Lucy Christopher. 320 pg/2009. ***½ [11/19]
183. Light Beneath Ferns - Anne Spollen. 206 pg/2010. ** [11/20]
184. Please Ignore Vera Dietz - A.S. King. 326 pg/2010. **½ [11/21]
185. Somebody's Crying - Maureen McCarthy. 384 pg/2010. **½ [11/21]
186. Lipstick Apology - Jennifer Jabely. 321 pg/2009. *** [11/24]
187. All You Get Is Me - Yvonne Prinz. 288 pg/2010. *** [11/26]
188. The Mourning Wars - Karen Steinmetz. 240 pg/2010. *** [11/26]
189. Poser - Sue Wyshynski. 259 pg/2010. *** [11/28]
190. Good Girls - Laura Ruby. 274 pg/2006. [11/30]
191. Flygirl - Sherri L. Smith. 256 pg/2009. ***½ [11/30]

December (20)
192. Into The Wild Nerd Yonder - Julie Halpern. 256 pg/2009. *** [12/2]
193. Heat Wave - "Richard Castle." 198 pg/2009. **** [12/3]
194. Beautiful Malice - Rebecca James. 272 pg/2010 ** [12/3]
195. Certain Poor Shepherds - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. 128 pg/1996. **** [12/4]
196. Just Like That - Martha Qualey. 240 pg/2005. ***½ [12/11]
197. The Running Dream - Wendelin Van Draanen. 352 pg/2011. *** [12/15]
198. Naked Heat - "Richard Castle." 290 pg/2010. ***½ [12/17]
199. Angel's Choice - Lauren Baratz-Logsted. 248 pg/2006. **½ [12/17]
200. The Thin Pink Line - Lauren Baratz-Logsted. 296 pg/2003. ***½ [12/19]
201. The Big Crunch - Pete Hautman. 281 pg/2011. *** [12/20]
202. Summer and the City (Carrie Diaries #2) - Candace Bushnell. 416 pg/2011. ***½ [12/22]
203. Something, Maybe - Elizabeth Scott. 217 pg/2009. [12/23]
204. The Year Without Michael - Susan Beth Pfeffer. 164 pg/1987. **** [12/24]
205. A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life [NF] - Steven Kotler. 289 pg/2010. *** [12/25]
206. The Homeschool Liberation League - Lucy Frank. 279 pg/2009. *** [12/25]
207. Heat Rises - "Richard Castle". 320 pg/2011. **** [12/27]
208. Heartbreak River - Tricia Mills. 248 pg/2009. *** [12/27] $ (Dollar Tree -- investment for reselling)
209. The Eleventh Plague - Jeff Hirsch. 278 pg/2011. *** [12/27]
210. My Heartbeat - Garret Freymann-Weyr. 154 pg/2002. **** [12/28]
211. Fact of Life #31 - Denise Vega. 384 pg/2008. *** [12/31]
~~~~~~~~~~~
Part II: The Annual Survey

1. Best book of 2011? How about I give you the top 5%? ...in categories?

Best non-fiction: The Egg and I - Betty MacDonald
Best general fiction: Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts - Lucy Dillon (so many hearts!)
Best juvenile novel: War Horse - Michael Morpurgo. (this is probably the actual winner)
Best YA novel: Somebody Everybody Listens To - Suzanne Supplee
YA Honorable Mentions:
-After the Moment - Garret Freymann-Weyr
-Stay With Me - Garret Freymann-Weyr
-The Nature of Jade - Deb Caletti
-Very LeFreak - Rachel Cohn (disqualified from actual win potential due to vulgarity, and yet...)
-An Off Year - Claire Zulkey
-Anything But Ordinary - Valerie Hobbs (side note: just scored this for a quarter off the clearance sale cart!)

Best book published in 2011 so far: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs. The way he structures a creepy story around old photographs is nothing short of amazing.

2. Worst book of 2011?
Good Girls - Laura Ruby.
I could actually feel how desperate the author was to write a book to make teens who've had dirty pictures of themselves spread around school feel better about themselves. But it's nearly impossible to empathize with a girl who is stupid enough to give a boy a blowjob at someone's party with the door unlocked. Notice how I say "a boy," and not even "her boyfriend." The excessively graphic description of hookups didn't help matters. I will never get her description of male genitalia's texture out of my head.

Surprisingly, The Hunger Games would only make the bottom 5.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2011?
The Ghost of Spirit Bear. I've been talking up the original, Touching Spirit Bear, since before it became a staple of middle school classroom literature -- but the sequel was dismally dull given the change in setting and lack of actual bears. Or even ghost bears. It was more like "In Vague Memory of Spirit Bear: Why Bullying In Urban High Schools Is Totally Out of Hand!"

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Peace, Love and Baby Ducks - Lauren Myracle, whom I always think of as largely brain dead since she's famous for the "ttyl" series, but with this she turned out super-solid quality YA writing.

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Despite its mixed reviews, I decided that everyone should read Rachel Cohn's Very LeFreak, because even though the title character is profane and all of her morals are the opposite of mine, it blew the lid off my expectations (this is a link to a reaction post I have kept private until now; feel special! -- some spoilers at the end, but they are warned for) and was one of the rare times I felt an instant connection to a character from a book.

I also think that everyone should stop talking about War Horse, the play, and read the source material, but that's just me.  

And Hate List is definitely worth a mention as a thought-provoking look at the aftermath of a school shooting.

6. Best series you discovered in 2011?
The "Castle" companion series of Nikki Heat novels. Is it bad if I'm currently more thoroughly versed in book canon than show canon?

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?
a) Garret Freymann-Weyr, from whom I consumed a potentially record-breaking four novels in one year, because although one fell flat, when she's on she hits YA out of the park. Her characters are rich and memorable, and her writing style is beautiful.

b) Betty Macdonald. Technically I've been in love with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle since childhood, but Betty Macdonald as a writer of memoirs is a whole new hoot and a half.

c) Kristen Chandler, whose debut novel (Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me) promised future greatness in the way of clean/quality YA manuscripts with a side of animals.

d) Lucy Dillon, possibly -- I'll have to see if lightning strikes twice, but she mixed dogs and romance together in the headiest cocktail since Sara Gruen from before she went off the rails.

8. Most hilarious read of 2011?
The Egg and I! Everyone should read this one too. It's got genuine bestseller credibility to vouch for its mass appeal and everything.

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
I want to say Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution. It's like 500 pages long (so not joking, although they are YA pages), but once I dug about 10% of the way in, I was riveted.

10. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
I'd been trying to read The Nature of Jade since last December, and people kept being annoyingly possessive about checking it out. Worth the wait, though.

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

 

A) Ghost of Spirit Bear: this cover is so much more incredible than the story within
B) Books: I started salivating before I even knew what it was about.
C) Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts: Because awwww. Way better than the nauseatingly chick-lit colored version.

12. Most memorable character in 2011?
Very LeFreak. ;)
Second place: Joey (the War Horse)
Third place: Retta Lee Jones (Somebody Everybody Listens To)

13. Most beautifully written book in 2011?
After the Moment really drew me in, while Jewel's Chasing Down the Dawn was a work of art in every way.

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
One Second After scared me so badly that I had nightmares for a week about what an EMP could do to our society, WHY ISN'T THE GOVERNMENT TAKING THIS THREAT MORE SERIOUSLY, and to this day if you say "EMP" around me (as Terra Nova did), my legs briefly turn to jelly.

15. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
The Westing Game, which has long been talked up as a classic but which I always thought would be boring, or War Horse, which I passed on the shelves of my high school library and didn't have time to read before I graduated. Yes, I voluntarily ignored a book with "horse" in the title! I think I feared it would be too much about war? It definitely wasn't.

16. Book[s] you are most looking forward to reading in 2012?
LIS SLADEN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

And:
-Finding Somewhere
-The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter...if I can find it.
-More Betty MacDonald memoirs
-Walking Back To Happiness -- brand new Lucy Dillon I just found that looks 100% appealing
-Crossing The Line, because The Thin Pink Line's insanity cracked me up
-Anna and the French Kiss, because we seem to have another Hunger Games situation on our hands where EVERYONE IN THE WORLD! loves it, and I need to authoritatively smack it down as nothing special. I can almost guarantee you it's a 3-star read.

~~~~~~~~~~~
Part III: The Visual Tapestry
In which I assemble an enormous patchwork quilt of all the covers, going out of my way to represent the exact edition I read whenever possible.


Note: uploaded in packs of 25; go 5 covers across and then down to the next row before moving to the next set if you want to go in order. Click to enlarge...or just scroll down.
      

That section was just for an overview, apparently, because I don't trust you to open all the thumbnails. If you did, you can leave now; if not, feel free to scroll down endlessly in order to see the full size version of everything in an endless wallpaper of book covers. But at least you'll be able to read most of the titles, and possibly even authors! (p.s. LJ, this would be easier on everyone if you would just let us resize Scrapbook pictures in the RTE. This is an example of something useful you could work on.)












Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
janusfiles
Jan. 3rd, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Any other books that you're looking forward to reading this year?
rainbowstevie
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
You mean like A Beautiful Friendship? ;) (I've actually only been back to the library once since you mentioned it, and I forgot on that trip, but it's on the list for 2012 too.)
janusfiles
Jan. 3rd, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Well, yes. I was wondering if you had picked it up yet.

And I might suggest something I picked up from the library recently: Modelland, by Tyra Banks. Yes, that Tyra Banks.
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