But before we begin talking about your favorite 2011 release, I wanted to recap the numerous responses I got to last week's post on the best books you read in 2011 that do NOT have a 2011 copyright.
Here they are in no particular order. You can also use this link to read the contributors' comments on why they chose that title:
- The Known World by Edward P. Jones
- Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
- Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
- A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton
- Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
- The Jason Bourne Series by Robert Ludlum (the original series)
- Sea-Born Women by B.J. Mountford
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow
- Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
- Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
- Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Now on to the best book you read with a 2011 copyright.
I just went through my Shelfari to look at my highest rated books, and two books clearly stood out, one I will save for another person who I know is posting it today. The other is Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. My full review is here, but I have also included an excerpt below:
This novel's sense of place is the next big appeal. Russell nails the descriptions here. I could feel, see, smell and hear the Everglades. She meticulously describes the islands, the waterways, the vegetation, the animals, the humidity....everything. I felt like I was there. It is beautiful and secluded, but also sinister and creepy. She relayed that dichotomy perfectly. It almost made me want to visit.Okay, now it is your turn. What is the best 2011 released title you read this year? I will recap next week when I will be asking what books you are most looking forward to in 2012.
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