10 Books I Read in 2011 That I Want You To Read Too

This time last year I blogged about my 2010 in books, awarding titles to some of the books I’d read during the year like Most Surprising, Most Disappointing, Most Recommended, etc. This year I’ve decided to do things a little differently. First of all—and for the first time ever—I kept a list of all the books I read in the last twelve months, to help with this post. Second of all, I asked myself why do we write these kinds of posts? Why do people make these Books of the Year lists? Why am I making one?

Well, it’s because I want you to read these books. I want you to read them because I think that if you do, you’ll really, really enjoy them. So instead of My 2011 in Books or My Books of the Year 2011, here’s my list of 10 Books I Read in 2011* That I Would Recommend To You If You Asked Me to Recommend a Good Book For You To Read Right Now. I know it doesn’t have quite the same snappiness as “Books of the Year” or whatever, but let’s just go with it.

(Click the images to go to the book’s Amazon listing.)


Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

Cuckoo by Julia Crouch

Darkside by Belinda Bauer

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Far to Go by Alison Pick

Snowdrops by A.D. Miller


The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Bossypants by Tina Fey

The Upgrade by Paul Carr

Have you read any of them? Any you’d add? (Or replace?!)

*I read them in 2011. They may have been published before. 

6 thoughts on “10 Books I Read in 2011 That I Want You To Read Too

  1. Sean Walsh says:

    I want you to read my book, Catherine! Notes on the Past Imperfect. A paperback – page-turner – on Amazon.com. Cover by Anthony Browne. (I found him, thanks to your
    good self.) Is that a link? Ooooppppssss! Go on – make my Christmas… at the risk of spoiling your own!..

  2. Nick F says:


    I wanted to drop in. I usually read heavy duty nonfiction on topics that would immediately put most people to sleep (History, business, marketing, sociology, psychology etc).

    However, Results Not Typical is on my list in the new year. Honestly.

    I must recommend that you read my absolute favorite book of all time, and recommend that everyone read it before they die….The Waves by Virginia Woolf. It will move you, I promise. Its a book that I shall read over and over again until I die.

    The second reason I wanted to drop in is to wish you a Merry Christmas. Thanks for this blog and all of your guidance. I cannot thank you enough. You are invaluable and fantastic. I promise to make it up to you.

    So Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  3. Steven Lewis says:

    I read a couple of those this year. I think The Psychopath Test is wonderful. I couldn’t see what the fuss was about with Before I Go To Sleep. I’d add House of Silk, which I just finished.

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