2011

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2011 Books Read

83. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (759 pages)
82. The Annotated Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, David Shapard (709 pages)
81.
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich (11.25 hours)
80.
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw by Bruce Barcott (298 pages)
79.
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland (16 hours)
78. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (652 pages)
77. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (13.75 hours)
76. The Victorian Chaise Longue by Marghanita Laski (119 pages)
75.
The Marquise of O by Heinrich von Kleist (30 pages)
74.
Meet Julie by Megan McDonald (88 pages)
73.
Meet Kit by Valerie Tripp (69 pages)
72.
Meet Rebecca by Jacqueline Dembar Greene (77 pages)
71.
My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke (273 pages)
70.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (870 pages)
69.
A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd (311 pages)
69. The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke (10 hours of 19 listened–didn’t finish)
68.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (349 pages)
67.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (386 pages)
66.
Honolulu by Alan Brennert (15.5 hours)
65.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (734 pages)
64.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (198 pages)
63.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & Nancy Butler (graphic novel) (120 pages)
62. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco (15 hours)
61. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen & Nancy Butler (graphic novel) (120 pages)
60. In Praise of the Stepmother
 by Mario Vargas Llosa (149 pages)
59. The Early Years by Leona H—– (49 pages)
58. Everfree by Nick Sagan (240 pages)
57. Wheels of Change–How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy
56. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (12 hours)
55. Q & A by Vikas Swarup (318 pages)
54. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (197 pages)
53. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (435 pages)
52. Mary Poppins by PL Travers (3.75 hours)
51. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (10 hours)
50. Heartless by Gail Carriger (374 pages)
49. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (248 pages)
48. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (7 hours)
47. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews (320 pages)
46. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (341 pages)
45. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (6.25 hours)
44. Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson (431 pages)
44. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (10ish hours of 15.5–didn’t finish it)

43. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (309 pages)
42. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (4.5 hours)
41. Bliss by OZ Livaneli (276 pages)
40. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (365 pages)
39. Edenborn by Nick Sagan (9.5 hours)
38. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (7.5 hours)
37. America Pacifica by Anna North (294 pages)
36. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Kindle)
35. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (300 pages)
34. Push by Sapphire (5 hours)
33. The Odyssey by Homer (Kindle)
32. Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman (126 pages)
31. Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (155 pages)
30. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico (147 pages)
29. Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem (trans. Hillel Halkin) (131 pages)
28. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (341 pages)
27. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (509 pages)
26. The Free World by David Bezmozgis (354 pages)
25. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (444 pages)
24. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (318 pages)
23. American Fairy Tales by L Frank Baum (Kindle)
22. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (368 pages)
21. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (398 pages)
20. The Rescuers by Margery Sharp (149 pages)
19. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene (387 pages)
18. Lost States by Michael J Trinklein (150 pages)
17. The Disappeared by Kim Echlin (227 pages)
16. The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig (403 pages)
15. Lisa and Lottie by Erich Kästner (136 pages)
14. Potiki by Patricia Grace (203 pages)
13. SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld (180 pages)
12. The Carb Lover’s Diet by Ellen Kunes & Frances Largeman-Roth (277 pages, but much of that is recipes)
11. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (276 pages)
10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (391 pages)
9. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (456 pages)
8. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (391 pages)
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (374 pages)
6. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (288 pages)
5. The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (250 pages)
4. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (6 hours, as I accidentally listened to the abridged version that was half the original length :()
3. selected essays (5) from Persuasions (No. 31, 2009)
(various authors) published by JASNA (66 pages)

2. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals (312 pages)
1. Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (387 pages)

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2011 Challenges

Victorian Literature Challenge

Hosted by words, words, words, the Victorian Literature Challenge is to read a certain number of books published during the reign of Queen Victoria, between the years 1837-1901. Here is a link to the original post for the challenge. There are four levels of commitment to this challenge:

  • Sense and Sensibility: 1-4 books.
  • Great Expectations: 5-9 books.
  • Hard Times: 10-14 books.
  • Desperate Remedies: 15+ books.

I have committed to the Sense & Sensibility level, requiring me to read 1-4 books of the Victorian age.

1) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (1848)
2) Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1873)
3) American Fairy Tales by L Frank Baum (1901)
4) Tevye the Diaryman by Sholem Aleichem (various dates between 1894 and 1916)

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Harry Potter Read-a-Long 2011

Hosted by Shannon at Giraffe Days, the Harry Potter Reading Marathon 2011 (aka: the Harry Potter Read-a-Long). The challenge is to read all of the seven Harry Potter novels between now and the end of the year. Ever since I listened to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last December, I’ve been itching to reread the other books. And hey, it’s been about 4 years since I last read the series (a reread then, too, for the release of Deathly Hallows) so I think it’s about time to read them again 🙂

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1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – finished June 29th

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – finished July 17th
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – finished August 12th
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firefinished September 28th
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixfinished October 27th
6.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – finished November 20th
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – finished December 29th

Readers Imbibing in Peril VI

A challenge to read books of a spooky nature, running from September 1st to October 31st. Hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings.
I have signed up for Peril the Second, in which I must read TWO spooky books.

1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (finished Oct. 9th)
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (finished Oct. 15th)

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2011 Resolutions

Memoir/Biography Resolution

Read at least FIVE memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, diaries, etc. in 2011. Here is the link to my original post about this resolution:  fiction vs. non-fiction.

1. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals
2. Maus I: My Father Bleeds History & Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
3. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
4. The Early Years by Leona H—–
5. My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke

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Non-Fiction Resolution

Read at least FIVE non-fiction books (that don’t count towards the memoir/biography resolution) in 2011. Here is the link to my original post about this resolution: fiction vs. non-fiction.

1. SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld
2. Lost States by Michael J Trinklein
3. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
4. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
5. Wheels of Change–How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy
*6. The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw
 by Bruce Barcott 

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Travel the Globe Resolution

Read at least SIX books that are about or are written by authors from around the world, specifically from each of the following countries:

  • New Zealand
  • Cambodia
  • Turkey
  • India
  • Ireland
  • any sovereign Native American tribe

Here is my original post about this resolution: resolution for 2011 #3 (getting ahead of myself? a little…)
Here is a list of books that I will probably choose from, with a couple books for each country: Traveling the Globe Resolution. (Please pardon my own personal notes, which tell me I can get the book from my library or if I’d have to buy it in order to read it.)

1. Potiki by Patricia Grace (New Zealand)
2. The Disappeared by Kim Echlin (Cambodia)
3. Bliss by OZ Livaneli (Turkey)
4. Q & A by Vikas Swarup (India)
5. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd (Ireland)
6. Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe)

*Note: This is sort of a weird resolution for me. If you look at my original post about the resolution, you can see, in the comments, that I have a book-blogger friend, Shannon at Giraffe Days, who will be doing this with me. We’ll read books from the same country around the same time–we’ll just go down the list I posted and we have around 2 months to finish a book for each country–so we can sort of discuss them. But I want to be clear: this is not a challenge that I am hosting, even if I got the idea for it from a challenge. If you’d like to discuss with us, you’re more than welcome to, even if it’s just a book here and there. But I’m not ready to host a challenge yet 🙂

::EDIT (February 21, 2011)::
I’ve decided to expand this resolution. While I will still follow the above resolution, I’m just going to add a bit to it. In order to see even more of the world in 2011 (via books, of course), I want to read at least one book located in each of these “geographic regions”. (I was going to go with continents, but there are many more “geographic regions”, such as Central America and the Middle East.) And, note this: the books read for the original resolution may still be counted towards my greater “worldly reading” addition.

North America –
Regional USA
     *Pacific Northwest –
     *West Coast – Meet Julie by Megan McDonald (San Francisco)
     *Southwest – Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (small-town Arizona)
*Hawaii – Honolulu by Alan Brennert (up-and-coming Honolulu)

     *Midwest – The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (rural/small-town Ohio)
     *Great Plains – The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

     *South – The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (small-town North Carolina)
     *New England –
     *East Coast –
     *Big City – Push by Sapphire (Harlem, NYC)
     *Territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, or American

          Samoa) – 
Central America – The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw by Bruce Barcott (Belize)
South America – In Praise of the Stepmother by Maria Vargas Llosa (Peru)
the Caribbean – The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke (Barbados)
*****(I did not end up finishing this book, but I took in more than half and I feel that I got a pretty good picture of the country and time)
Western Europe – The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco (Italy)

Eastern Europe – The Free World by David Bezmozgis (about half of this book takes place through memories in Soviet-occupied Latvia)
Northern Asia – Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (China)
Southern Asia – The Disappeared by Kim Echlin (Cambodia)
Oceania – Potiki by Patricia Grace (New Zealand)
the Middle East – Bliss by OZ Livaneli (Turkey)

Africa – Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson (Nigeria)

In an effort to keep this more relevant to expanding my worldly reading, I’m trying to read books published in the last 50 years ago. More relevant to today, that way 🙂

Published in 2011 Resolution

This resolution is basically a repeat of one of my 2010 Resolutions: Read at least FIVE books that are newly published in 2011. Once again, I will attempt to not use the books I read to fulfill this resolution in any of my other resolutions, except my Personal Collection Resolution, which allows this because it’s so general.

1. The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig (published Jan. 20th; finished Feb. 27th)
2. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (published Jan. 11th; finished March 21st)
3. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (published Jan. 20th; finished March 28th)
4. The Free World by David Bezmozgis (published March 29th; finished April 9th)
5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys (published March 29th; finished April 26th)
* 6. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (published in May 3rd; finished May 25th)
* 7. America Pacifica by Anna North (published May 1st; finished June 6th)
* 8. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (published March 22nd;  finished June 10th)
* 9. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (finished June 23rd)
*10. Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson (finished July 11th)
*11. Heartless by Gail Carriger (published June 28th; finished July 31st)
*12. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (published June 7th; finished October 15th)
*13. My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke (published May 3rd; finished November 1st)
*14.
The Annotated Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, David Shapard (published May; finished December 25th) 

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Personal Collection Resolution

This resolution is particularly meant to overlap with all other resolutions I formulate or challenges I participate in. Essentially, I want to read at least TEN books from my own collection of books. I have many books in my personal collection that qualify for my Memoir/Biography Resolution and Non-Fiction Resolution, so this resolution really encourages I finally read books that I have had on my shelves for years!

1. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals (had since May 26, 2010)
2. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (had since January 12, 2011)
3. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (had since October 28, 2010)
4. SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld (had since late 2009)
5. Potiki by Patricia Grace (had since December 13, 2010)
6. The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig (had since January 20, 2011)
7. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (had since sometime in 2004)
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (had since May 26, 2010)
9. Maus I: My Father Bleeds History & Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman (had since early 2011)
10. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
*11. Heartless by Gail Carriger (purchased July 1, 2011)
*12. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (had since September 2010)
*13.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
*14. 
The Annotated Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, David Shapard (had since May 2011)

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