Best books of 2011

2011: a good reading year 

Here’s my list of the best books I read this year, listed in no particular order. All were published in 2011 except for those with a year in parentheses after them. 

They nicely turned out to be 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction all on their own, without any wrangling required on my part.

Click on any book title to read all about it.

The fiction

Red on Red by Edward Conlon

Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson
English Creek by
Ivan Doig (1984)
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (2010)
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

The nonfiction

What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
Life by
Keith Richards (2010)
Bossypants by
Tina Fey
Flourish by
Martin Seligman
Packing for Mars by
Mary Roach (2010)
2012, you have a lot to live up to. That’s all I’m saying. 

13 thoughts on “Best books of 2011

  1. Thanks for reminding me about The Lonely Polygamist. I'm doing the TBR Challenge, so I must get this on the TBR before Jan. 1. That may be cheating a little. I don't care. Overall, tasty lists!

  2. Bybee — Oh, any time! (your plan sounds like the honest kind of cheating)

    Did you read any other books in the Ivan Doig trilogy? Since the 2nd one is historical fiction, I'm ducking it. Though maybe that's a mistake…?

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