Reading List 2011

Here’s a list of all the books I’ve read for pleasure throughout 2011. Forgive me, because the first four books are packed away and I forgot to note the exact titles (I know, sacrilege)….

  1. Billy Bunter- Frank Richards [most spectacular British comedy to ever be penned]
  2. Billy Bunter- Frank Richards [same as above]
  3. Billy Bunter- Frank Richards [same as above]
  4. Billy Bunter- Frank Richards [same as above]
  5. Tuesdays with Morrie [read it and weep. literally]
  6. A Study in Scarlet
  7. The Sign of the Four
  8. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (12 stories)
  9. The Hound of the Baskervilles
  10. The Valley of Fear
  11. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (11 stories)
  12. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (22 stories)
  13. Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen
  14. Emma- Jane Austen
  15. Northhanger Abbey- Jane Austen
  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- J.K. Rowling
  17. Beauty and the Beast- Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont [fastest read ever…]
  18. The Importance of Being Earnest- Oscar Wilde
  19. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens [my favourite Charles Dickens book]
  20. The Help- Kathryn Stockett [read in one day, including at a car repair shop and parts of a Packers practice game]
  21. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane- Katherine Howe
  22. Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosney [read in one night from 9pm-12:30am]
  23. Suits, A Woman on Wall Street- Nina Godiwalla
  24. Mini Shopaholic- Sophie Kinsella [I love this entire series. Read the mini review from the 2009 list![
  25. Confessions of a Shopaholic- Sophie Kinsella
  26. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan- Sophie Kinsella
  27. Shopaholic Ties the Knot- Sophie Kinsella
  28. Shopaholic and Baby- Sophie Kinsella
  29. Spying in High Heels- Gemma Halliday [this series is good for a light read]
  30. Killer in High Heels- Gemma Halliday [same as above]
  31. Undercover in High Heels- Gemma Halliday [same as above]
  32. Alibi in High Heels- Gemma Halliday [same as above]
  33. Mayhem in High Heels- Gemma Halliday [same as above]
  34. The Lincoln Lawyer- Michael Connelly [for once I can honestly say the movie is as good as the book. So read it then watch it, or vice versa! A little Matthew McConaughey never hurt anyone 😉 ]
  35. Before I Go To Sleep- S.J. Watson [it was decent, not going to lie. But I’ve seen some rave reviews about this book that I may not necessarily have felt were fitting]
  36. Heidi- Johanna Spyri [read in one night from 10pm-1:30am]
  37. Pollyanna- Eleanor H. Porter
  38. The Princess Bride- William Goldman [ one of the hardest novels I’ve ever waded through, and I’m a CLASSICS reader. So much interjection and random musings from so many different sources, it made my head swim. But now I can say that I’ve conquered the book. Also, it wasn’t easy to read on a kindle. If I had the physical copy, I would have constantly flipped back and forth. Just a note to those of you interested in reading it yourselves]
  39. The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins [this series is so fabulous I read it again almost immediately. I read all three books in about 36 hours, including taking time out to sleep, shower, and go to school. For more love about The Hunger Games, check out this post: https://litlaughlove.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/how-the-hunger-games-characters-are-bread-and-wind/%5D
  40. Catching Fire- Suzanne Collins [same as above]
  41. Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins [same as above]
  42. Divergent- Veronica Roth [almost as good as The Hunger Games. Definitely made me realize I’m starting to love dystopian fiction]
  43. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen [a personal favorite]
  44. The Thieves of Manhattan- Adam Langer [a great read; especially appealing for writers and publishers]
  45. Already Gone- John Rector [meh. Overkill.]
  46. Austenland- Shannon Hale [meh. Just meh]
  47. Matched- Allie Condie [dystopian fiction but with a more concentrated love story than usual. I still enjoyed it and recommend it]
  48. Crossed- Allie Condie [same as above]
  49. The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
  50. Catching Fire- Suzanne Collins
  51. Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins
  52. The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett [a true classic]
  53. Womenomics- Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
  54. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone- J.K. Rowling [if you don’t know how much I love Harry Potter by now….well keep exploring the blog…]
  55. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling [same as above]
  56. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- J.K. Rowling [same as above]
  57. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- J.K. Rowling [same as above]
  58. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- J.K. Rowling [same as above]

Note: Sherlock Holmes was a particularly hard one to wade through once I had decided to read the complete collection all at once. There were parts where the stories were terribly engrossing and other parts that were terribly slow. Is it too clichéd to say that I loved The Hound of the Baskervilles? I did. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes was a fun one to read as well.

What are your thoughts on these books? Have you read any? Did you like them? Is there one in particular that you would like a recommendation for? Let me know in the comments!

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