2011 in Review: Books

I think it's safe to say that 2011 wasn't a banner reading year for Debra.  I'm not sure why but I hope that I can read more in 2012 as I have a list of books I want to read.  I did read the following books, which really stood out as the best in my mind:
by Kathryn Stockett

Who didn't read and love "The Help"?  If you didn't, you are missing out.  

by Holly Chamberlin

"The Summer of Us" was a quick, beachy-type read.  Entertaining for sure & my first book of Holly Chamberlin's.  She has others that I will put on my 2012 list.


by Ann Voskamp

"One Thousand Gifts" was another book I think most of us read.  While I enjoyed the book I have to admit it took me a while to get through it - I found her writing style a bit difficult for me but there are post-it notes and highlights throughout the book reminding me of some of the phrases I really liked or paragraphs I want to look back on.  I think it makes a great gift, too.

I did read some library books and non-fiction books I liked.  In no particular order:

  • Veganist by Kathy Freston - Kind an eating manual of sorts.
  • Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin - Ditto, but this one kind of makes you never want to eat anything again!
  • American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom- Chronicles how much food we throw away (can you believe half of our food is thrown away?  I had no idea!)
  • Eat by Ian K Smith, MD.  Yet another food book. Interesting by lots of common sense stuff, too.
  • The Future Church:How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen, Jr.-Interesting if you are interested in this type of thing.
  • Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson.  I love her books and have read all but her newest, Crunch Time (see my 2012 list below).  Culinary mysteries with some yummy recipes -a bonus.
As I said, not a banner reading year for me but I hope to do better in 2012.  I have a stack waiting to read.
  • Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Perfectly Imperfect by Lee Woodruff
  • Late, Late at Night by Rick Springfield
  • The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison
AND, waiting in my Nook:
  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  • Sliver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
How about you?  Any books I should add to my list?

Linking up to the Nester today to see what others are reading.


Tara said…
well, I wouldn't consider that a bad year! That list has got lots of great titles, some that I haven't read, I'd really like to check out. Thanks! Here's also to 2012 :)
Hi Debra, You are so right about Skinny Bitch...I haven't looked at food the same way since reading this. I did read The Help and enjoyed it. I hope you have a wonderful 2012!
Not ever going to pick up Skinny Bitch. I read this as I sit and eat my candy cane Kisses. Fantastic!

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