Books read in 2011

I have to give myself a major high 5. Unlike last year, I rocked my reading this year. 63 books.


I’m listing my favorites by category, with the entire list at the bottom. And out of laziness simplicity, I have only summarized my 2 favorite books of the year. All others you can follow the links to read about on Amazon.

Books related to special needs, Speech Pathology, etc
The Brain that Changes Itself– Tied for all time favorite book of the year! Story after story about the plasticity of the brain and ways that we and others can change our brains!
Knowing Jesse
Schuyler’s Monster

Non-fiction (historical)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
What the Dog Saw

Non-fiction (inspiring)
Unbroken-Tied as best book of the year for me. The true and amazing story of a man ready to give up time after time with his horrid life circumstances (shot down during WWII, prisoner in Japanense internment camp, etc.), yet ends up as a changed man and evangelist.
Half the Sky
Born to Run
The Year of Living Biblically

Cutting for Stone
Bel Canto
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Alas, Babylon
The Forgotten Garden

How did I read so many books? Mostly, this accomplishment was from the shocking realization that I can listen to an audiobook while doing P90X.  ((Gasp!))

Half the Sky*****
Girl Meets God****
Born to Run*****
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks****
The Forgotten Garden****
The Worst Hard Time****
Born to Run*****
The Paris Wife***
In the Garden of Beasts****
A Dog’s Purpose***
Alas, Babylon*****
State of Wonder****
The Lacuna***
Bel Canto*****
Sang Spell***
All Quiet on the Western Front****
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest*****
The Girl Who Played with Fire*****
The Little Stranger**
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler***
The Miserable Mill****
We Need to Talk About Kevin*****
The Evoluation of Calpurnia Tate***
Bad Mother***
The Lotus Eaters****
Cutting for Stone*****
The Little Prince***
The Pleasure of My Company**
Chocolate and Vicodin****
Half Broke Horses****
The Wide Window****
Knowing Jesse*****
Weird Sisters***
What the Dog Saw*****
A Girl From Yamhill***
One Thousand White Women**
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing***
The Trumpet of the Swan*****
The Year of Living Biblically *****
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane **
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen **
A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents **
Hoot ****
The Brain that Changes Itself *****
A Nest for Celeste ****
The Other Wes Moore ****
The Incredible Journey ****
The BFG ****
The Housekeeper and the Professor *****
The Pact ***
Stones Into Schools ***
To Kill a Mockingbird *****
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire *****
Schuyler’s Monster *****

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  1. We read a lot of the same books–Unbroken was the first book I got on my Nook after Christmas this year–I also thought it was amazing and it was a delight to read a heavy tome like that on an e-reader.

  2. I too read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and LOVED it! I was totally hooked in this non-fiction book which offered history, mystery, ethics, and science (explained in a very understandable yet not-watered down way!) Highly recommend! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  3. Wow! You’ve read a lot of books. It’s funny… I read a lot but I never thought to keep a list. I like your idea. I think I might start keeping track of all the books that I read this year, too. Who knows… maybe I’ll surprise myself, too.

  4. WOW! That is very impressive!!! In my best year, before blogging, I think my max was maybe 20 books in a year. High Five!!! And thank you for the ratings. You’ve inspired me to start on the stack of books by my bedside.

    WIshing you and your family a happy, HEALTHY and easy 2012. xo jj

  5. I am glad you liked Schuyler’s Monster and The Brain that changes itself! I loved them, too. I read Bel Canto years ago-and didn’t enjoy it as much as you did-I think it was the didn’t have the same energy as the rest of the book.
    I also read Room, The Lacuna (I really liked this in audio format), Blindness, Matched, Half Broke Horses, The Lotus Eaters, A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents, To Kill a Mocking bird, The Housekeeper and the Professor…all good. (fyi-I attempted the sequel to Blindness and maybe read 30 pages-it just wasn’t as appealing)
    I have to reread the Mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler! I remember reading that over and over as a child…
    Also, I have The Immortal Life of henrietta Lacks on my “short list” of to read books.
    I love your list-I printed it out and I am sure I will be adding 10 or 20 to my already lengthy TBR list!

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