2011 Reading Review

Just how many books did I read in 2011?  Well, before I got bored and stopped going back through my nook to count, I was at around 140, and there were quite a bit more.

Here’s a partial list:

YA

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy Series #1) – mythology meets high school. Loved it.

Unearthly – Cynthia Hand

First Frost (Mythos Academy Series Prequel) – Jennifer Estep – short story prequel to Touch of Frost

Vesper – Jeff Sampson – Jekyll & Hyde meet teenage werewolf.

Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Lily Dale: Awakening – Wendy Corsi Staub

Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound Trilogy #1) – Penelope King

The Liar Society – Laura Roecker and Lisa Roecker

Once a Witch – Carolyn MacCullough

Brightest Kind of Darkness – P.T. Michelle and Patrice Michelle

The Witch of Agnesi – Robert Spiller. Despite the title, it has nothing to do with witches. Well, if one were interested in mathematics, one would know that. I, however, have absolutely no interest in mathematics.

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne – Kady Cross – novella. I like the character and am interested to read the next book.

Dirty Little Secrets – C.J. Omololu – the daughter of a chronic hoarder faces an impossible situation

Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin. A reread. What happens between the time you die and your next incarnation?

Fallen – Lauren Kate

Bleeding Violet – Dia Reeves

Goth Girl Rising – Barry Lyga. I liked it enough that I need to read the first book.

Lovely – Allison Liddelle

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Torment – Lauren Kate

Radiance – Alyson Noel

Wherever Nina Lies – Lynn Weingarten

Dreaming Anastasia – Joy Preble

The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson – definitely one of the best I read this year

One Hundred Candles – Mara Purnhagen

Drink, Slay, Love – Sarah Beth Durst – another excellent book, a new take on the vampire mythology

Scepter of the Ancients – Derek Landy and Tom Percival

Alana Weatherbee – Jack Sorenson

Wiccan – M. Leighton

13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

Wings – Aprilynne Pike. The single worst book I read all year, bar none. That’s why I succumbed to a hysterical fit of laughter when my husband ended up with a paperback copy of it at a white elephant gift exchange.

The Lying Game – Sara Shepard. Also completely dreadful, but not as bad as Wings.

MIDDLE GRADES

Deep and Dark and Dangerous – Mary Downing Hahn –  ghost story. A bit predictable, but not bad

Unsinkable (Titanic Series #1) – Gordon Korman. Okayish.

The Son of Neptune – Rick Riordan (Have I mentioned that I adore Rick Riordan?)

The Wednesday Wars – Gary Schmidt

The Name of This Book is Secret – Pseudonymous Bosch

The Throne of Fire – Rick Riordan

JUVENILE

Flight of the Phoenix – R.L. LaFevers and Kelly Murphy

Moving Day – Meg Cabot

Judy Moody – Megan McDonald & Peter H. Reynolds

RELIGIOUS FICTION

The Accidental Exorcist – Joshua Graham (short story/not all that)

Beyond Justice – Joshua Graham

Latter-Day Cipher – Latayne Scott

The Silent Governess – Julie Klassen

Wives and Sisters – Natalie R. Collins

Cool Beans – Erynn Mangum

Divine – Karen Kingsbury

Behind Closed Doors – Natalie R. Collins

RELIGIOUS NONFICTION

Harvest: Memoir of a Mormon Missionary – Jacob Young

House of Faith House of Cards – Eric N. Davis. Fantastic book.

Bad Girls of the Bible – Liz Curtis Higgs

The Sins of Brother Curtis – Lisa Davis. A very telling look at the Mormon church in covering up a chronic child molester and how their attorneys work

Shattered Dreams – Irene Spencer

Mormonism: A Life Under False Pretenses

Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story – Ingrid Ricks

Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy – Susan Ray Schmidt

Heaven Up Here – John Williams

I’m Looking Through You: Growing up Haunted – Jennifer Finney Boylan

Stolen Innocence – Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer

Wife No. 19 – Ann Eliza Young

I Love Mormons – David L. Rowe

ADULT FICTION

Island of Lost Girls – Jennifer McMahon – poignant, very good

The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story – Susan Hill – scary  as crap. Can’t wait for the movie!

The Eleventh Victim – Nancy Grace

Needle in a Haystack – Ernesto Mallo and Jethro Soutar

Liberation of Alice Love – Abby McDonald

The Moonlit Mind (Novella) – Dean Koontz

The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles Series #2) – Tess Gerritsen

The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles Series #1) – Tess Gerritsen

Everywhere That Mary Went – Lisa Scottoline

Don’t Cry – Beverly Barton

Darkness Stalks the Night – Bruce Blake

Crush – Alan Jacobson

Cherry Cheesecake Murder – Joanne Fluke

Apple Turnover Murder – Joanna Fluke

Compelled – Aaron Niz

The Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie

Wicked Game – Lisa Jackson

Midnight Voices – John Saul

Marked – Elisabeth Naughton

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe

The Séance – John Harwood

Grave Witch – Kalayna Price

Stitches in Time – Barbara Michaels

Her Last Letter – Nancy C. Johnson. One of those books that you should not judge by the cover, because the cover stinks. But it’s a decent book

Tempest Rising – Nicole Peeler

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Untouchable – Scott O’Connor

Garden Spells – Sarah Addison Allen

Moving is Murder – Sara Rosett

Banshee’s Cry – CC James

Demon Trackers: The Anointed – CC James

Personal Demons – Lisa Desrochers

Two Little Girls in Blue – Mary Higgins Clark

Dead Before Dark – Wendy Corsi Staub

Bonnie – Iris Johansen

Quinn – Iris Johansen

Eve – Iris Johansen

Throwaway – Heather Huffman

Houses of Stone – Barbara Michaels

Don’t Scream – Wendy Corsi Staub

The Lodger – Marie Belloc Lowndes

The Abbey – Chris Culver

Eyes of Fire – Heather Graham

Sacred Evil – Heather Graham

The Evil Inside – Heather Graham

Deadly Night – Heather Graham

Relentless – Robin Parrish

Ghost Moon – Heather Graham

Ghost Memories – Heather Graham

Séance – Heather Graham

Heart of Evil – Heather Graham

Dying Breath – Wendy Corsi Staub

DC Dead – Stuart Woods (audiobook)

Dark Legacy – Anna DeStefano

Live to Tell – Wendy Corsi Staub

Freaks (A Rizzoli & Isles short story) – Tess Geritsen

Heart of the Witch – Alicia Dean

No Time to Die – Elizabeth Chandler

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford

Pushing Up Daisies – Rosemary Harris

Deception – Lee Nichols

Promise Not to Tell – Jennifer Mcmahon

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown

Not What She Seems – Victorine Lieske

The Pawn – Steven James

Covenant – John Everson

Past Midnight – Mara Purnhagen

NEW AGE

Healing Your Past Lives – Roger Woolger

You Are Psychic – Debra Lynne Katz

The Ghost Chronicles – Maureen Wood and Ron Kolek

Your Heart’s Desire – Sonia Choquette

Hidden Treasures from Past Lives – Barbara Folts

Old Souls – Thomas Shroder

True Balance – Sonia Choquette

Past Lives, Future Healing – Lindsay Harrison and Sylvia Browne

Ask Your Guides – Sonia Choquette

Remembering Past Lives – Carl Llewellyn Weschke and Joe H. Slate Ph.D.

Secret Societies… – Sylvia Browne

Meditations to Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay

Past Lives, Present Miracles – Denise Linn

Paranormal State – Ryan Buell and Stefan Petrucha

Our Haunted Lives – Jeff Belanger

Ghosthunting Texas – April Slaughter

Torn – Amanda Hocking

The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult

COOKBOOKS

The Vegan Slow Cooker – Kathy Hester

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World – Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Sara Quin, Tegan and Tegan and Sarah

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook – Frank DeCaro

Supermarket Vegan – Donna Klein

Quick & Easy Vegan Bake Sale – Carla Kelly

Vegan on the Cheap – Robin Robertson

Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food – Alicia C. Simpson

Table of Contents – Gelman Judy and Vicki Levy Krupp

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook – Dina Bucholz

Hungry Girl 200 under 200 – Lisa Lillien

NONFICTION

Criminal Minds: Sociopaths, Serial Killers, and …..  – Jeff Mariotte

But I Trusted You and Other True Cases – Ann Rule

The Secret Lives of Hoarders – Matt Paxton & Phaedra Hise

Life Before Life – Jim Tucker

UFOs, JFK, and Elvis – Richard Belzer

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things – Gail Frost Ph.D., Prof. Randy and Steketee

The Murder Room – Michael Capuzzo

The Cases That Haunt Us – John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Jack the Ripper – Mark Whitehead and Miriam Rivett

Jack the Ripper: The 21st Century Investigation – Trevor Marriott

Sexual Metamorphosis – Jonathan Ames

How to Shop for Free – Kathy Spencer

The Big Clean – Kim Rinehart

Crazy Busy Beautiful – Carmindy

About Face – Scott Barnes

MEMOIRS/BIOGRAPHIES

Designated Fat Girl: A Memoir – Jennifer Joyner

Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity

Growing Up Psychic: From Skeptic to Believer – Michael D. Bodine

Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account – Miklow Nyiszli

The Medium Next Door – Maureen Hancock

A Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard

DIET/HEALTH NONFICTION

The Belly Fat Cure – Jorge Cruise

Constant Craving – Doreen Virtue

Veganist – Kathy Freston

Fighting Weight – Khaliah Ali

 

As you can see, if you managed to meander your way through the list, my reading tastes are wildly varied. I tend to get on a kick, and will read everything I can find on the subject until I’m bored and ready to move on.  And, as I said earlier, this is only a partial list. If I were to keep going through my nook, there would probably be at least another hundred books.

I will confess to being a bit surprised to see how many novels I read. I think I tend to focus on nonfiction when I do my reviews. Perhaps it’s because the nonfiction books tend to stay with me longer than the novels. When creating my list, I knew what each nonfiction book was about and how it affected me, whereas I could remember virtually nothing about the novels. They’re like candy–I eat them up and then they’re gone. (Except candy stays perpetually on my backside, unlike the books.)

So now I’m going to end this post, drink another cup of coffee, and head on off to work.

Have any of you kept lists of all the books you’ve read? Any discoveries you’d like to share?

And stick with us quirky girls–2012 is going to be a wild ride!

 

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One Response to 2011 Reading Review

  1. jehara says:

    I read Barry Lyga’s precursor to Goth Girl Rising in 2009. I really really liked it. Still haven’t gotten around to Goth Girl though.

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