Monday, January 9, 2012

Books Read in 2011

2011 was not filled with quite as many books as in previous years, which is understandable given that I was pregnant or had a new baby for a good portion of it, both of which consumed more of my free time. But, given this situation, I am thrilled that I was able to read 58 books. I'm sure that I will read even fewer books this year but at least I am still reading :-)

Ordinary People- Judith Guest
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever- Jeff Kinney
The Son of Neptune- Rick Riordan
The Help- Kathryn Stockett
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith
Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life- Dacher Keltner
Flash and Bones- Kathy Reichs
Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World- Jane McGonigal
How Pleasure Works: the New Science of Why We Like What We Like- Paul Bloom
Alone Together- Sherry Turkle
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard- Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Half Broke Horses- Jeannette Walls
The Story of My Life- Helen Keller
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party- Alexander McCall Smith
The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden- Joanne Greenberg
The Troubled Man- Henning Mankell
The Glass Castle- Jeannette Walls
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle- David Wroblewski
Mere Christianity- C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle- C.S. Lewis
The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Throne of Fire- Rick Riordan
This Side of Paradise- F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Social Animal- David Brooks
The Checklist Manifesto- Atul Gawande
Kingpin- Kevin Poulsen
Bright-sided- Barbara Ehrenreich
Naked Heat- Richard Castle
Vespers Rising- Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us- Daniel H. Pink
The Silver Chair- C.S. Lewis
Our Inner Ape- Frans de Waal
Committed- Elizabeth Gilbert
The Longevity Project- Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin
Medium Raw- Anthony Bourdain
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance- Atul Gawande
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Society Stronger- Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother- Amy Chua
Into the Gauntlet- Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Lost Hero- Rick Riordan
What the Best College Teachers Do- Ken Bain
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science- Atul Gawande
Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception- Charles Seife
You are Not a Stranger Here- Adam Haslett
Storm Warning- Linda Sue Park
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader- C.S. Lewis
Prince Caspian- C.S. Lewis
The Horse and His Boy- C.S. Lewis
The Last Olympian- Rick Riordan
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis
Heat Wave- Richard Castle
The Emperor's Code- Gordon Korman
The Viper's Nest- Peter Lerangis
The Magician's Nephew- C.S. Lewis
The Red Pyramid- Rick Riordan
How Doctors Think- Jerome Groupman
The Moonstone- Wilkie Collins

Some of the highlights of the list were reading the Chronicles of Narnia series (sadly, my first time ever doing that), all three books by Atul Gawande (a surgeon who is an excellent writer analyzing some aspects of the health care system), and the Story of My Life by Helen Keller (what a truly inspirational person she was, especially to read her own words about her experiences). I still absolutely love the Rick Riordan series as well as the 39 Clues and its subsequent series- they are so fascinating and engaging.

A few individuals in my ward have started a book club and so I am hoping that I can at least read those books this year.

And I am ALWAYS open for recommendations if anyone wants to share :-)

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