Turn the Page: My 2011 Booklist

At the year’s outset, I established a personal goal of reading 50 books in 2011. This would be a big jump over the previous year, in which I read…well, according to Goodreads it was five books, but I only joined Goodreads halfway through the year. Let’s say it was closer to 10 books. Either way, I shot for the stars. And I exceeded it! I actually hit 59 books…I wish I could have gone all the way to 60, but hey, passing the goal is good enough. That’s why next year I’ll go for 59 again and hope to exceed it.

I thought that, with today being my last entry of 2011, I’d take a look at that list and say a few things about books that stand out in the list. Here we go:

  • Night Watch by Lukyanenko, Sergei – Finished 1/2/11. This really should count as a 2010 book. I keep meaning to read the sequel, Day Watch, but haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe in 2012.
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Finished 1/3/11. If you haven’t read this and can take end-of-the-world bleakness, do so. It’s worth your time.
  • Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System by Nick Monfort. Finished 1/7/11. Great non-fiction about the development and life of the Atari 2600. Mandatory geek reading.
  • Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer. Finished 1/13/11. My first finished audiobook of the year. The TV show was based on this book. Unfortunately, both kind of sucked.

Whew. What a list! I already have some great ideas for books to read next year, and I’ll continue to spotlight the most worthy. Tough call for my favorite of the year, as one of these books is my all-time favorites. Outside of that, I think I’d go with Racing the Beam. I loved learning more about the games from my childhood, and the tale was actually very well-told.

So what was your favorite book that you read this year?

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  1. Nice list – every year since 1988 I’ve kept track of all the books I’ve read. Lowest total was 52, highest was 100. This year, I’ve spent so much time writing and marketing that I don’t think I’ll hit 50 🙁 Thanks for sharing your list, it’s interesting to see what others are reading. Good luck to you in the New Year!

    • Thanks Renee 🙂 I kept my own lists from 99 to 06 or so, and the task of maintaining the spreadsheet became too onerous. Goodreads, thankfully, makes all of this so much easier. I’d like to see yours sometime!

      • I have it in a word doc and then I created a cool access db with it all in it 🙂 I should do a list on my blog sometime of the favorites. You have a great idea here, maybe mine will be on yours someday and vice versa.

  2. Every year, I’m always mad at myself that I didn’t keep track of what I read.

    This year is no exception! 😛

  3. Me thinks I will try that for 2012!
    It’s hard to say which was my favourite book for the year. If a self-pubbed, it’s a toss up between The Clearing by Anne Riley and Open Minds by Susan.
    If a traditional off-the-shelf, possibly CS Lewis’ Cosmic Trilogy.
    Have a great new year =)

  4. I am so going to get REPLAY! Wonderful list–you put me to shame, but I’m building back up to my reading prime. 2012 will be even better.

  5. Holy frijoles! I’d have to say my reading this year was a little closer to your last year’s. (“Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” was a beast to first get into, then get through).

    And you crack me up. Did you list all 59? Because you prefaced this with “books that stand out in the list.” Just sayin’ 🙂

    I’ll have to check out the Scott Nicholson book. I just picked up one of his fiction stories, but it’ll probably be awhile before I can get to it. But I’ve seen his name in quite a few circles.

    Anyway, quite the list, my friend. Again, I’m impressed.

    Happy New Year.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

    • Haha yeah I meant that I was going to comment on books that stand out in the list. Which ended up being something like 90% of the list. Oh well 🙂 I haven’t read any Nicholson fiction, but I definitely recommend this one. I’ll have to check out his fiction. And thanks man! I’d definitely like to see your list at some point.

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