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Things I read in 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

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)


  1. Get out of my head!!! Wow, we have almost the same life!!

  2. I also read The Help and Bridget Jones' Diary this year (the latter being the first time, even though I've seen the movie 100,000,000,000,000 times AND even though I read The Edge of Reason years ago). Other titles:

    Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman
    Nuclear Jellyfish-Tim Dorsey
    Dexter by Design-Jeff Lindsay
    Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle With Faith and Love-Fr. Albert Cutie (I like a good scandal.)

  3. Ooh, Love Tim Dorsey and Neil Gaiman. I am also obsessed with Dexter (the show), but have yet to read the books. It's probably time, like you with Bridge! :)

  4. I'm a sucker for Roald Dahl. Especially The Twits!!!

  5. Right? Reading his books was practically all I did for my whole youth. I found the box set on sale at a closing Borders this year. Was SO excited.