The Book Post - 2011

I like to keep track of things during the year and two of my major non-cooking hobbies are movies and books – both of which lend themselves to list making.  I keep lists of these things throughout the year so I can see what I’ve seen and read and I figured I’d share those lists here as a Fun Thing To Do at the end of the year.  I know it’s not quite the end of the year, but it’s unlikely that I’ll finish another book or see another movie.  If you’re curious about the books, click the link to read more!

I love to read.  I used to read quite a lot but, as time went on and life got more complex, I sort of lost the habit of reading.  I still loved to read, I just didn’t make much time for it anymore.  At the beginning of 2011, I vowed to change this.  I bought myself a Kindle and joined goodreads.  (Feel free to add me if you are also a goodreads user!) I initially set myself a goal of reading 50 books but, when I reached that goal halfway through the year, I upped it to 100.  I am very pleased to say that I reached my goal and then some!  Having a Kindle has been amazing – I take it with me everywhere and can read anywhere due to its portability.  In addition, I don’t have to worry about finding shelf space in shelves that are already overflowing!  (We have no more wall space for shelves, so buying more is not an option.  Plus, I need the room for cookbooks!) 

Partway through the year I decided to reread all of Stephen King’s books in publication order which is why the list is pretty King heavy.  I am taking breaks as needed/wanted, but I’ve been making great progress so far. 

Books I especially enjoyed are in bold.  (It’s so hard to pick favorites.)

1    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
4    Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5    Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
6    Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
7    I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
8    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
9    Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
10    The Help by Kathryn Stockett
11    Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
12    Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews
13    Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
14    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
15    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
16    Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena
17    Clementine by Cherie Priest
18    Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
19    Uglies by Scott Westerfield
20    Pretties by Scott Westerfield
21    Specials by Scott Westerfield
22    Extras by Scott Westerfield
23    Bogus to Bubbly An Insider’s Guide to the World of Uglies by Scott Westerfield
24    We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
25    Beastly by Alex Finn
26    XVI by Julia Karr
28    Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
28    Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom by Dayna Macy
29    Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
30    Valiant by Holly Black
31    Limitless: A Novel by Alan Glynn
32    John Dies at the End by David Wong
33    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
34    The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
35    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

36    1984 by George Orwell
37    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
38    33 A. D.  by David McAfee
39    Ironside by Holly Black
40    The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
41    Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
42    Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
43    The God Engines by John Scalzi
44    Brave New Worlds by John Joseph Adams
45    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
46    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
47    The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
48    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
49    The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
50    The Battle of the Labyrinty by Rick Riordan
51    Waiting by Debra Ginsberg
52    The New World by Patrick Ness
53    The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
54    The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
55    The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
56    Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

57    The City & The City by China Mieville
58    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan
59    Flashback by Dan Simmons
60    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan
61    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan
62    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan
63    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan
64    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan
65    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughan
66    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan
67    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons by Brian K. Vaughan
68    Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland by Brian K. Vaughan

69    Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
70    Bioshock: Rapture by John Shirley
71    Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix
72    Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
73    Amon the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
74    Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix
75    Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix
76    Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix
77    Best Food Writing 2002 by Holly Hughes
78    Out of Mormonism: A Woman’s True Story by Judy Robertson
79    Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes
80    Fantasy Magazine, September 2011 by Carrie Vaughn
81    Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
82    The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

83    Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella by Brent Weeks
84    Icebound by Dean Koontz
85    The Vision by Dean Koontz
86    The Face of Fear by Dean Koontz
87    Abarat by Clive Barker
88    Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker

89    Mile 81 by Stephen King
90    When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
91    Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
92    Demon Seed by Dean Koontz
93    Frozen by Robin Wasserman
94    Shattered by Robin Wasserman
95    Wired by Robin Wasserman
96    Carrie by Stephen King
97    Salem’s Lot: Illustrated Edition by Stephen King
98    The Haunting by Shirley Jackson
99    The Shining by Stephen King
100    Rage by Stephen King
101    Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style by Tim Gunn
102    Night Shift by Stephen King
103    Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn
104    11/22/63 by Stephen King
105    The Maze Runner by James Dashner
106    The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
107    The Death Cure by James Dashner
108    Selection Event by Wayne Wightman
109    Metagame by Sam Landstrom
110    Every Thing on It by Shel Silverstein
111    Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
112    Head Games by Joe Hill
113    The Stand by Stephen King
114    The Long Walk by Stephen King

115    20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
116    A Flight of Angels by Holly Black
117    The Dead Zone by Stephen King
118    The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
119    A Christmas Tree for Pyn by Olivier Dunrea
120    Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert
121    Firestarter by Stephen King
122    Roadwork by Stephen King