The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.
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At the end of each year, I like to reflect upon a list of the titles that I consumed over the past 365 days. And, every year, this required me trying to pull the titles from memory, which was always a daunting task. In the past, I’ve attempted – and failed – to keep a running “book diary”, which always seemed like an incredibly awesome idea. But then I’d finish a book, forgot to update it, remember that I forgot to update the diary while driving somewhere in the car, then make a mental note to update ASAP, but forgot once I got home and then five books later I’m wracking my brain for what I read a few months ago… and then I write horrible run-on, never-ending sentences about my failure as a bibliophile.
Now, thank God, I have GoodReads.com on my computer and the GoodReads.com App on my iPod. I set a goal to read 40 books in 2011 (another awesome feature of this site) and, happily, exceeded that goal (so far) by 1. Another reason that I love GoodReads.com (as well as seeing people’s “read in ‘x’ year lists) are for all of the wonderful new reading recommendations!
In no particular order, I’m listing out the 41 books that I read in 2011 + 1 that I have started. If there is a link, that means that I’ve posted previously on this Blog about that title.
- Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan
- The Hunger Games (Book #1) by Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games (Book #2) – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games (Book #3) – The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Accident by Elise Wiesel
- Dawn by Elie Wiesel
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
- The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles #3) by Tess Gerritsen
- The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles #2) by Tess Gerritsen
- The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles #1) by Tess Gerritsen
- Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
- The Vampire Lestat (Vampire Chronicles #2) by Anne Rice
- The Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice
- Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis
- Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Sourland (Short Stories) by Joyce Carol Oates
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
- Fury: a Memoir by Koren Zailckas
- God is Love (Deus Caritas Est) by Pope Benedict XVI
- Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
- The Dhammapada
- The Transformation of Suffering by Khenpo Konchok Gyaltshen Rinpoche
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Catholicism of Dummies by John Triglio Jr.
- In Search of the Stainless Ambrosia by Khenpo Konchog Gyaltshen
- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
- Never Let Me God by Kazuo Ishiguro
- No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- Currently Reading: Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family’s Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom by Yangzom Brauen
What did you read this year? If you have a list somewhere, please feel free to leave a link in the comments. I’d love to see!