Monday, January 2, 2012

blog #496 >> 2011 Books in Review

I wish I had more time to read! There are so many more books out there just waiting to be opened! But I've got a whole another year ahead of my to work on reading some more.

Listed below are my books in review:
2011 Reading List

Carlo Collodi
1/11 ***
(Such an odd little story!)

Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift
1/11 ***

Jane Eyre
Chralotte Brontë
1/11 *****

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
1/11 *****

The Inferno
Dante Alighieri
2/11 **

(This book wasn't actually even worth reading. It was just page after page of pain and despair... What's this page about? Well, it's about despair. And the next one? Um, it's about despair too.... despair, despair, despair. I was going to read the entire "Divine Comedy," but "The Inferno" didn't make me want to read any more of it.)

The House of Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne
2/11 *****
(I've never read anything I didn't like by Nathaniel Hawthorne, but this is my favorite of his books so far.)

Vanity Fair
William Makepeace Thackeray
4/11 *****

Lady Susan
Jane Austen
5/11 ***
(While"Persuasion" is my favorite of the Jane Austen novels, "Lady Susan" is my least favorite. What a hussy!?!?!")

And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie
5/11 *****

4:50 From Paddington
Agatha Christie
5/11 *****

The Little Prince
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
5/11 *****

The Body in the Library
Agatha Christie
5/11 ****

Portrait of a President
William Manchester
6/11 ***
(Despite the fact that William Manchester is my favorite biographer, this is not his best work. His later works are definitely better!)

The Pickwick Papers
Charles Dickens
7/11 ***
(Dickens is hit or miss with me, and this one missed the mark. It's like a meandering brook that never goes anywhere!)

Miss Marple The Complete Short Stories
Agatha Christie
8/11 *****
(But oh, how I adore Miss. Marple! When I grow up I want to be just like her!)

The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
8/11 ***

A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Madeleine L'Engle
8/11 ***

The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro
8/11 *****

Dead Man's Mirror
Agatha Christie
8/11 ****

Wives and Daughters
Elizabeth Gaskell
9/11 *****

The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
9/11 ****

The Mysterious Island
Jules Verne
10/11 *****

Bram Stoker
10/11 *****
(I liked it so much more than I thought I would, but I promise this is the only book about vampires I will ever read.)

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
11/11 *****
(I love this book so much I read it again! ...and again, and again, and again, and again...)

The Call of the Wild
Jack London
11/11 *****

White Fang
Jack London
11/11 *****

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
11/11 *****
(I really do adore this book... a lot!)

Agnes Grey
Anne Brontë
12/11 ****

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens

12/11 *****
(Dickens at his best! A must read each and every Christmas!)

Old Christmas
Washington Irving
12/11 ***

His Last Bow
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
12/11 *****

See 2010 Reading List Here
See 2009 Reading List Here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So much of this list makes me happy!! Especially the Agatha Christie and Dickens. And even more especially, "Guernsey". I'm rereading it too!