Friday, December 30, 2011

Reading List 2011

Well, it’s that time again.  Time to review the books I’ve read in 2011.  (And, as always, I’m listing just the “grown up people” books.  I read TONS of children’s literature, but am not including their titles here.)  The list is fairly short this go-round, for a number of reasons.  2011 has been busy.  I spent the first half of the year teaching my delightful Kindergarteners, and teaching rarely leaves “free” time.  In July I moved roughly 370 miles across several state lines and endured all the time-suck that corresponds with packing up and transporting your life.  I spent October through December nannying 60+ hours a week for my beautiful niece.  I spent decent chunks of November and December applying for and prepping for my upcoming time in India.  And, on top of it all, I (finally) finished writing, editing, and defending my (300+ pages) thesis.  Life’s been busy.  As such, opportunities to read for the joy of reading have been limited.  But it’s okay!  Here’s the list, busted up into fiction and non-fiction categories, per usual.  And, if you care, the books are in date order throughout the course of the year; the higher the number, the later in the year.  And, in instances in which I wrote reviews over at GoodReads, I have included links.

Until next year, READ ON!

  1. 1.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  2. 2The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  3. 3.  The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #6) by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  4. 4.  The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia #7) by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  5. 5.  How Beautiful the Ordinary:  Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart (short stories)
  6. 6.  Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
  7. 7.  Potential:  The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag by Ariel Schrag (graphic novel)
  8. 8.  A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
  9. 9.  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (reread)
  10. 10.  A Wrinkle in Time (Time #1) by Madeleine L'Engle (reread)
  11. 11.  Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
  12. 12.  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  13. 13.  A Wind in the Door (Time #2) by Madeleine L'Engle (reread)
  14. 14.  A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time #3) by Madeleine L'Engle (reread)
  15. 15.  Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  16. 16.  Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (short stories)

  1. 1.  Listen Up:  Voices from the Next Feminist Generation edited by Barbara Findlen
  2. 2.  Kids:  How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Young Children by Meredith Small
  3. 3.  Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies (graphic novel)
  4. 4.  Fat Girl:  A True Story by Judith Moore
  5. 5.  Nurture Shock:  New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  6. 6.  Food Rules:  An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan
  7. 7.  Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. 8.  The Full Spectrum:  A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities edited by David Levithan and Billy Merrell
  9. 9.  Half and Half:  Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural edited by Claudine Chiawei O'Hearn


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