2011

This list is incomplete; I began keeping track late in the year, and only recorded books that were newly-read.  That spring, as I finished up my undergraduate honors thesis, I read a lot of escapist fiction: fun at the time, but nothing I'll return to.  Fall of 2011 was the moment in which I first began searching for new books of quality, rather than spending all of my time re-reading the same old favorites.  I looked up some book bloggers to get recommendations, for I had no idea where to start!

I have fond memories of reading I Capture the Castle while overseeing orchestra rehearsals, and slowly but joyfully struggling through chapters of Jane Eyre while huddled under the covers in my very cold St. Louis apartment that winter.  I'd finish Jane Eyre in January, and it would kick off my newfound love of classics and eventually lead to the start of this blog.

Bold - favorite books of the year
* - from my personal collection

  1. The Cradle, Patrick Somerville
  2. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
  3. Bridget Jones' Diary, Helen Fielding
  4. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Helen Fielding
  5. Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
  6. Model Student, Robin Hazelwood
  7. The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger
  8. Still Missing, Chevy Stevens
  9. Room, Emma Donoghue
  10. Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
  11. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  12. Chasing Shakespeares, Sarah Smith
  13. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
  14. Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe, Bill Bryson
  15. Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous, Don Foster
  16. Clara's War, Clara Kramer






















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