2011: A year in books

Well, not quite. I’ll save you from the enourmous review list of books. I will give you The List for 2011:

1. A Suitable Vengeance – Elizabeth George
2. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
3. Daughter of Time – Joshephine Tey
4. Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
5. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (January 2011)
6. The Sleeping Beauty – Mercedes Lackey
7. The Alchemyst – Michael Scott
8. The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
9. Septimus Heap Book One: Magyk – Angie Sage
10. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (Feburary 2011)
11. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
12. Cotillion – Georgette Heyer
13. Soulless – Gail Carriger
14. From Doon With Death – Ruth Rendell
15. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray
16. Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
17. Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper book 1 – Tamora Pierce
18. Changeless – Gail Carriger
19. To Say Nothing Of The Dog – Connie Willis
20. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (March 2011)
21. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
22. Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
23. Blameless – Gail Carriger
24. Foundation: Intrigues – Mercedes Lackey
25. Mistborn: The Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
26. For the Sake of Elena – Elizabeth George
27. The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation – Ian Mortimer
28. Declare – Tim Powers
29. Archer’s Goon – Diana Wynne Jones
30. Logopolis – Christopher H. Bidmead
31. Dancing Shoes – Noel Streatfield
32. Rivers of London/Midnight Riot – Ben Aaronovitch
33. Sea Glass – Maria V. Snyder
34. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (April/May 2011)
35. Generosity – Richard Powers
36. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
37. The Exploits of the Chalet School – Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
38. Rosemary and Rue – Seannan McGuire
39. Joey and Co. in the Tirol – Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
40. Jo Returns to the Chalet School – Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
41. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (June 2011)
42. Pheonix and Ashes – Mercedes Lackey
43. Firerose – Mercedes Lackey
44. Tortall and other lands – Tamora Pierce
45. Heartless – Gail Carriger
46. Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch
47. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (July 2011)
48. Unnatural Issue – Mercedes Lackey
49. Bloodhound – Tamora Pierce
50. Tongues of Serpents – Naomi Novik
51. Maise Dobbs – Jacqueline Winspear
52. The Last Dragonlord – Joanne Bertin
53. Birds of a Feather – Jacqueline Winspear
54. Dissolution – C J Sansom
55. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
56. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (August 2011)
57. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent – Galen Beckett
58. Hospital Sketches – Louise May Alcott
59. The Children of Green Knowe – Lucy M. Boston
60. Witch Week – Diana Wynne Jones
61. Perdito Street Station – China Mieville
62. Ash – Melinda Lao
63. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
64. Missing Joseph – Elizabeth George
65. Changes – Mercedes Lackey
66. Blackout – Connie Willis
67. All Clear – Connie Willis
68. Charmed Life – Diana Wynne Jones
69. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (September 2011)
70. Fables: Legends in Exile – Bill Willingham (Vertigo)
71. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (October/November 2011)
72. The Curse of Fenric – Ian Briggs
73. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
74. Point One: Issue #1 (Marvel)
75. Dark Fire – C J Sansom
76. Thud! – Terry Pratchett
77. Book Smart – Jimmy Palmiotti (Kickstart)
78. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
79. Virals – Kathy Reichs
80. Mastiff – Tamora Pierce
81. Batgirl Issues 1-4 – Gail Simone (DC New 52)
82. Persuasion – Jane Austen
83. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3. Issues 1-6 – Joss Whedon and John Cassady
84. The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
Yup, 84 books this year and that is five more than last year. None of them have been complete duds, although there have been a couple of ‘meh’ reads.

I’ve discovered the joy of Connie Willis (definitely my favourite author of the year) and been thrilled by Mistborn. I’ve loved the C J Sansom books (who wouldn’t love mysteries set in Henry VIII’s reign) and my iPad has given me access to some amazing comis. I got so caught up in The Magicians and Mrs. Quent that I had to order pizza instead of cooking one night so that I could finish it. Diana Wynne Jones kept me reading late into the night and a group read finally got me through Northanger Abbey.

I’m a bit divided about my favourite books of 2011, but here are the main candidates:

Daughter of Time – Joshephine Tey
Mistborn: The Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
Soulless – Gail Carriger
Doomsday Book – Connie Willis (and her other books, except that would be half the list)
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Unnatural Issue – Mercedes Lackey
Dissolution – C J Sansom
Mastiff – Tamora Pierce
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
Astonishing X-Men Vol 3. Issues 1-6 – Joss Whedon and John Cassady

The worst books of 2011 is easier, although they weren’t dreadful, just not that brilliant:

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
Septimus Heap Book One: Magyk – Angie Sage
Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (September 2011)
Virals – Kathy Reichs

My thread for the 75 books for 2012 on LibraryThing is here so follow along for next years books if you’re interested!

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