I have just spent several hours wallowing in my beloved Excel tracking sheet for the books I've read in 2011. I now know such delightful things as how many fantasy novels I read this year (16), which author I read the most of (Janet Evanovich at 5 books), what month I read the most books in (10 books in August), and how my totals stand up to last year's totals (new-to-me authors dropped by 8%, while the number of books I personally authored doubled).
Inspired by Just Can't Know's Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2011, I've toiled an extra twenty minutes in winnowing out my favorite ten books out of the 81 I read this year. In the order in which I read them, they are:
I was lucky enough to meet Kim Harrison this year at a book signing, and she's inspired me to try out her method of story building. (So far, I'm liking it.) Unlike Moning, Harrison gives enough backstory in each novel that you could start at any book, but why would you want to miss out on anything?
I put together a list of things I love in a story, and on that list was animals. If they animals are cute, funny, or telepathic, I'm almost guaranteed to love it.
Crazy Sexy Life blog, and then bought the book. I was intrigued by what would enable someone with stage-four cancer to live a healthy, normal (or better than normal) life for over eight years (and counting). I read it slowly, over a multitude of breakfasts from September through November. I don't know if it was my gradual introduction to the lifestyle and dietary changes or just that I was ready for it, but adapting to her methods (again, just as gradually), hasn't felt that extreme. My husband and I bought a juicer and now juice vegetables for breakfast every day. (My husband's blood pressure dropped from high enough to require medication down to well within the normal range after only two weeks of juicing!)