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2011 in books

29 December, 2011
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About a year ago, I decided to keep track of the books I read in 2011.

paper book and e-book

Here they are, listed in the order in which they were read:

1 – The Stand (Stephen King)

2 – John Barleycorn (Jack London)

3 – The Silence of Trees (Valya Dudycz Lupescu)

4 – Witness: Voices from the Holocaust (Joshua M. Greene & Shiva Kumar)

5 – Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)

6 – Monster (Walter Dean Myers)

7 – Within Reach: My Everest Story (Mark Pfetzer & Jack Galvin)

8 – The Firm (John Grisham)

9 – The Last American Man (Elizabeth Gilbert)

10 – O Pioneers! (Willa Cather)

11 – Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

12 – The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)

13 – The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

14 – Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George)

15 – Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Art Spiegelman)

16 – Island of Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell)

17 – Homer’s Odyssey (Gwen Cooper)

18 – Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers (Filip Müller)

19 – Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World (Vicki Myron)

20 – We Share Walls: Language, Land and Gender in Berber Morocco (Katherine Hoffman)

21 – The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman)

22 – The Rabbi’s Cat (Joann Sfar)

23 – Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)

24 – Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

25 – Thunderstruck (Erik Larson)

26 – The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

27 – Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

28 – Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

The majority of the books on this list came from the box of books I shipped to Morocco as part of my Embassy pouch mailing, and then donated to my host university’s library.  A few others were lent to me by my friend CC, and a few others were sent to me by my mom.  The last three were read on my newest love, my Kindle Keyboard 3G.

I love reading, and I really enjoy the experience of holding a book in my hand and being able to feel and smell the variety that comes with paper books.  For someone who travels quite a bit though, and doesn’t always have access to a wide range of English books in person, having an e-reader is too convenient not to make the jump.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 December, 2011 03:27

    I’ve thought about getting a kindle – my brother got the new kindle fire for Christmas and I’m jealous!
    Did you like the Hunger Game series? I loved it and can’t wait for the movie. The only other book I read on your list was The Stand.

  2. The Mother permalink
    30 December, 2011 06:39

    Tracy has been reading since she was three years old. On several of her report cards her teachers would make comments such as: Tracy does not play with others at recess, all she wants to do is read. They looked at this as a negative. I saw it as a positive! For all the young mothers and/or mothers to be…if your time is limited with your child/children…take the time everyday to READ them a story. Show them the excitement and adventures one can learn from reading. Hidden is those adventures is the great knowledge they will absorb. Give them that gift of time that can make a big difference! Written by the mother of a “Fulbright” scholar. I love you Tracy…you are my pride and joy!

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