Between writing a book, starting another then chucking it and starting another, writing newspaper stories and blogs, trying to figure out the publishing industry, shopping for new lipsticks, eating pie in front of the open refrigerator, picking up dog poop and getting the occasional manicure (now's when you give me a cookie), I tried to read some books throughout 2011.
Many (but certainly not all) were a little light in the subject pants. Of course, that's what I like and that's what I write and I will defend it to the darkly humorous death. But in 2012, I want to find time to read more. And I might push myself into more territories unknown. Like, you know, maybe I'll read a historical steampunk gothic fantasy set in a fourth-level dreamscape and/or Brooklyn that explores alternate concepts of reality and the evolving role of the modern post-feminist male inside his own pastel ennui. Or whatever.
Oh, probably not.
What did you read this year? Here's my list.
The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Room - Emma Donoghue
Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaasen
Star Island - Carl Hiaasen
Curse of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
One for the Money - Janet Evanovich
Fly Away Home - Jennifer Weiner
Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding (for the 852nd time)
A Stolen Life - Jaycee Dugard
Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight - Tony D'Souza
Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell
Miranda's Big Mistake - Jill Mansell
Bossypants - Tina Fey
Rich Again - Anna Maxted
Commencement - J. Courtney Sullivan
There's Always a Way - Tony Little (for this profile I wrote of him)
Something Blue - Emily Giffin
Matilda - Roald Dahl (for the 456th time)
The Twits - Roald Dahl (for the 745th time)
Fantastic Mr. Fox - Roald Dahl (for the first time!)
Thin, Rich, Pretty - Beth Harbison
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The September issue of Vogue (it should freaking count, it's so thick)