03 January 2011

Books You Should Read This Year

As I had previously mentioned, not everything I read was pure literary gold, but many of the books were great and deserve a recommendation to the reading populous at large. In no particular order here are the ones you might want to add to your list for 2011:

  • Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke- This will get you a clean slate for your home and your mind.
  • Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chavalier- Just a great novel with a neat historical twist.
  • The End of the Alphabet by C.S. Richardson- Quick little book with a hugely moving tale.
  • The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney- Young adult, but pretty good. Just the right combination of "coming of age" and "a bit dark."
  • The House on Eccles Road by Judith Kitchen- If you are a spouse and/or parent, then you get this book.
  • Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs- Just hilarious, and somewhat education, in an odd-"rainman" kind of way.
  • The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah- Just wow. Super scary and so good.
  • Eva Moves The Furniture by Margot Livesey- A bit supernatural, a bit growing up "odd" and very emotionally fulfilling.
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan- how to eat like a real person, what a concept.
Happy reading in 2011!


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ABDPBT said...

I'm considering the Eccles Road one, but I hated Ulysses. HATED IT.

Alexis said...

@ABDPBT I also found Ulysses to be unbearable, but this was okay. It found it helpful to have the reference, but really, you can just read it as a little "novel about nothing that is really about everything" and enjoy it. I used it as vacation reading and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Ginger said...

I've been looking for some book recommendations. Perfect timing!