Bethany’s 2011-12 Book List

The 2011-12 List:

  1. Louis Bayard, The School of Night
  2. Thomas C. Foster, Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America
  3. Evelyn Waugh, Helena
  4. Mary Doria Russell, A Thread of Grace
  5. Iris Murdoch, The Bell
  6. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  7. Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
  8. Arthur Phillips, The Egyptologist
  9. Laurence Cosse, A Novel Bookstore (Reading List, Part One)
  10. Ali Smith, The Accidental
  11. Judith Guest, Ordinary People
  12. Pearl Abraham, American Taliban
  13. J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  14. Philip Hensher, The Mulberry Empire
  15. Tea Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife
  16. Richard Rodriguez, Hunger of Memory
  17. John Steinbeck, The Pearl
  18. Euripides, Medea (translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien)
  19. M.C. Beaton, Introducing Agatha Raisin
  20. Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
  21. Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
  22. David McCullough, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
  23. Pearl Abraham, The Romance Reader
  24. Nina Sankovitch, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
  25. Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow
  26. Glenway Wescott, Apartment in Athens
  27. Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men
  28. Mary Doria Russell, Children of God
  29. John Dewey, Experience and Education
  30. Susan Hill, Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
  31. Emma Donoghue, Room
  32. Margaret Drabble, The Seven Sisters
  33. William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  34. C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
  35. Rain Mitchell, Tales from the Yoga Studio
  36. Allegra Goodman, The Cookbook Collector
  37. Michael Frayn, Copenhagen
  38. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  39. Lois Lowry, The Giver (Jill’s progress report) (Jill’s final thoughts)
  40. Lisa Loomer, The Waiting Room
  41. Aaron Sorkin, The Farnsworth Invention
  42. Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists
  43. Bel Kaufman, Up The Down Staircase
  44. Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly, All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age
  45. Blake Charlton, Spellwright
  46. Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
  47. Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers
  48. William Goldman, Marathon Man
  49. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  50. Edward Dolnick, The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  51. James Joyce, Dubliners
  52. Alexander Maksik, You Deserve Nothing
  53. David Denby, American Sucker
  54. Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding
  55. Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
  56. Stewart O’Nan, Last Night at the Lobster
  57. Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
  58. Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (Jill’s review)
  59. Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (Jill’s early thoughts)
  60. Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love
  61. Liza Campbell, A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth’s Castle
  62. Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  63. Ariel Dorfman, Death and the Maiden
  64. Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
  65. Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses
  66. Zoe Klein, Drawing in the Dust
  67. Charles Freeman, The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason
  68. John Steinbeck, Burning Bright
  69. T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral
  70. Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten
  71. Mingmei Yip, Song of the Silk Road
  72. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
  73. Kyung-Sook Shin, Please Look After Mom
  74. Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
  75. Chris Crutcher, Ironman
  76. Chris Crutcher, King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography
  77. Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
  78. Barbara Ehrenreich and Dierdre English, Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness
  79. Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn
  80. Don DeLillo, White Noise
  81. Diane Schoemperlen, Our Lady of the Lost and Found
  82. Chris Crutcher, Stotan!
  83. Dana Reinhardt, The Things a Brother Knows
  84. Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz
  85. Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist
  86. Matthew Pearl, The Technologists
  87. Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (Jill’s initial thoughts) (Jill’s first progress report) (Jill’s final thoughts)
  88. Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire
  89. Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
  90. Arthur Phillips, The Tragedy of Arthur
  91. Craig M. Mullaney, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education
  92. Diana Gabaldon, Voyager
  93. E.M. Forster, A Room with a View
  94. Don Lattin, The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America
  95. Diana Gabaldon, Lord John and the Private Matter
  96. Adam Gopnik, Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life
  97. Amber Dermont, The Starboard Sea
  98. Michael Downs, The Greatest Show
  99. Irvin D. Yalom, The Spinoza Problem
  100. Diana Gabaldon, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
  101. Will Lavender, Obedience
  102. E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey (my essay “The Parallel Lives of Jay and Grey”)
  103. Yasmina Reza, God of Carnage
  104. E.L. James, Fifty Shades Darker
  105. E.L. James, Fifty Shades Freed
  106. Kurt Vonnegut, Basic Training
  107. Diana Gabaldon, The Scottish Prisoner
  108. Howard Fast, The Outsider
  109. Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing
  110. Martin Amis, Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
  111. Dante, Purgatory (trans. by Anthony Esolen)
  112. Eric Greitens, The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, The Making of a Navy SEAL
  113. Mary Doria Russell, Doc
  114. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, Inherit the Wind
  115. Joshua Wolf Shenk, Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
  116. Jim Harrison, True North
  117. Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee, Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
  118. A.S. Byatt, Ragnarok: The End of the Gods
  119. Katherine Neville, The Fire
  120. George MacDonald Fraser, Flashman
  121. Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
  122. Mark Sundeen, The Man Who Quit Money
  123. Thrity Umrigar, The World We Found
  124. Peter Murphy, John the Revelator
  125. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
  126. Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches
  127. Larry Watson, Montana 1948
  128. Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana
  129. Dave Eggers, Zeitoun
  130. Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (my review)

And….. DONE!(2011-12 Challenge completed on 5/17/2012)

6 Responses to Bethany’s 2011-12 Book List

  1. Jill says:

    I just copied and pasted all your books from the past 3 years into a word document. I’m going to go through and mark ones I own and ones I’ve read. Ah, purgatory.

    • lfpbe says:

      Jill – check out Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Liebowitz. It will appeal to the part of you that likes Mary Doria Russell (in fact, she wrote the introduction to my edition and identifies it as an influence on her work). One of the best books I’ve read this year – and, again, an example of a book that walks the line between literature and sci-fi. And it does include some priests in space. But only briefly.

      • Jill says:

        I just saw this response to my post. Oops. I guess I didn’t tell the machine to email me when a follow-up comment was posted. I will definitely put the Arthur Miller book in my list. BTW, what did you think of the Hunger Games books? I quite enjoyed them.

      • lfpbe says:

        I liked the Hunger Games books, but I liked each one a little less than the one before it. When I started the second one, I was pleased because I THOUGHT Collins had sidestepped the tendency in young adult series to write formulaic plots, but then I was really disappointed when Katniss ended up having to go back to the Games. I thought that was a huge mistake on Collins’ part – even though there were certainly changes in the rules of the Games and plenty of surprises in the plot. I didn’t mind the second and third books, but I definitely liked the first one best.

  2. Jill says:

    And now I’m having the machine notify me if someone comments here.

  3. Jill says:

    I liked the first and second ones pretty equally, but thought the third one was a bit too gloomy. Not that I dislike gloomy books, but it was gloomy in a trying too hard to be gloomy sort of way. I definitely thought it was an interesting story. And anything that gets people reading is good (except those books about the sparkly vampires).

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