Best (and worst) of 2 0 1 1Transfer of Power and The Third Option are #1 and #2 in the Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn. My mom, dad, and husband have read the entire series and are obsessed. Also got my sister to download one onto her nook. I look forward to reading more of these!
I love end of the year reading lists! It's so fun to look over what all I accomplished (in reading) for the year and see what everyone's favorites were. My reading year, in terms of quantity, was awful this year or just not up to where I like it. But I still feel pretty good about what I DID read this year and look forward to reading way more in 2012. Here are my favorites (and least favorites) this year.
First off, let me say don't forget to check out my Non-Fiction 2011 post for a better breakdown of this year's non-fiction reading if you haven't already because truly, I would consider all of those books at the top of my 2011 reading in general. It's super hard to break it down further than that! But as for fiction....
Let's start with what I was the most disappointed with. Keep in mind that this does not mean that these were the worst books... just what disappointed me most based on what my expectations were.
Great House by Nicole Krauss -- I didn't get it.
The Good Psychologist by Noam Schpencer -- Review to come eventually, short but not easy read
The Tiger's Wife by Tea O'Breht -- Good writing but I didn't necessarily get the story
The Best New-to-Me Author whose books (read two this year) were fantastic! (Can't wait to read The Untelling soon)
Leaving Atlanta by Tarayai Jones -- one of the character's ending scenes haunts me
Silver Sparrow by Tarayi Jones -- two girls with the same father but one is a secret
The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell is #12 in the series. Review to come in 2012. I'm super excited to have been introduced to this series!
Honorable Mention: These weren't my very favorite but were really good and I want to include them.
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, Bent Road by Lori Roy, Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (review to come), Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman, and The Cradle in the Grave by Sophie Hannah
Okay, fine, I narrowed down the best non-fiction to these three. (Go here for links to these three)
Most Powerful and Also in the Best of 2011 Category
The Submission by Amy Waldman -- Review to come in 2012
The Buddha in the Attic by Julit Otsuka -- Finalist for the National Book Award
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan -- Lots of food for thought
And, my very favorite of the year happens to be the second book that I read this year.....
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I adored this book. The movie version with Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks came out on Christmas but only in limited locations, and Orlando wasn't special enough to have it showing here! So I have to wait for the movie.
That's it! Happy 2012!!