2011 Book Wrap Up

How exciting!  Another year of reading under my belt.  2010’s total was an admirable 55 books finished, but I wanted to go further than that this year.  My goal was 60 books–not too many more but enough!  So how did I do??

Books Finished – 58 (Oh so damn close!!!!)

  1. The Blood That Bonds – Christopher Buecheler
  2. Catch Me if You Can – Frank W. Abagnale
  3. Choke – Chuck Palahnuik
  4. The Road – Cormack McCarthy
  5. A Week in December – Sebastian Faulks
  6. Packing for Mars:  The Curious Science of Life in the Void – Mary Roach
  7. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
  8. The Likeness – Tana French
  9. Vanishing Acts – Jodi Picoult (Bath Book!)
  10. The Mango Season – Amulya Malladi
  11. Assholes Finish First – Tucker Max
  12. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
  13. South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami
  14. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  15. The Giver – Lois Lowry
  16. The Lottery – Shirley Jackson (short story)
  17. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  18. Brixton Beach – Roma Tearne (bath read!)
  19. The Great Derangement:  A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire – Matt Taibbi
  20. The Hunger Games (Book 1) – Suzanne Collins
  21. The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
  22. The Seas:  A Novel – Samantha Hunt  (Orange Prize Longlist)
  23. Repeat it Today with Tears – Anne Peile  (Bath Read)  (Orange Prize Longlist)
  24. Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
  25. Swamplandia! – Karen Russell  (Orange Prize Longlist)
  26. Sing You Home – Jodi Picoult
  27. Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber
  28. Them:  Adventures with Extremists – Jon Ronson
  29. The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
  30. Life in the UK:  A Journey to Citizenship – The Home Office
  31. Every Man Dies Alone (or also Alone in Berlin) – Hans Fallada
  32. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Phillip Pullman
  33. Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart
  34. The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks
  35. High on Arrival – Mackenzie Phillips
  36. Sister – Rosamund Lupton
  37. Faithful Place – Tana French
  38. Catching Fire (Hunger Games Book #2) – Suzanne Collins
  39. Mocking jay (Hunger Games Book #3) – Suzanne Collins
  40. The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
  41. Tiger, Tiger:  A Memoir – Margaux Fragos
  42. A Stolen Life:  A Memoir – Jaycee Lee Dugard
  43. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  44. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
  45. The Midnight Palace – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  46. Full Dark, No Stars – Stephen King
  47. A Game of Thrones – George R R Martin
  48. Untold Story – Monica Ali
  49. Whatever you Love – Louise Doughty
  50. The End of Everything – Megan Abbot
  51. Broadmoor Revealed:  Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum – Mark Stevens
  52. The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht
  53. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  54. Afterwards – Rosamund Lupton
  55. The Seance – John Harwood
  56. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  57. A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin
  58. Little Star – John A. Lindqvist

Books Abandoned – 5 (I’m actually pretty thrilled with this one!)

  1. Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Museum of Innocence – Orhan Pamuk
  3. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher:  A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective – Kate Summerscale
  4. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  5. John Dies at the End – David Wong

Books in Progress – 1

  1. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Lola Shoneyin

Well… I fell short by two books.  I’m pretty sure that’s not bad.  To be fair, I did read two mammoth novels at over 1,000 pages each, so that slowed me down a bit.  But hey, I guess it doesn’t matter how many books I get through, so long as I enjoy them, right?

Happy reading and happy new year!


If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.


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