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2011 Reading List

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The list author says: "my poor memory has compelled me to create these lists so i can remember what the hell ive been reading. i like writing my immediate impressions so when i look over the list at the end of the year, i'm all oh those were the good times, eh.

lets keep this book reading train rollin in '11"
The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009) (Vintage International)
The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009) (Vintage International)
"i so did not want to read this. why did i buy it?  looks depressing as all hell. and well it is. esp reading it in jan.  in the snowpocalypse. but i stayed up reading til 2am last night.  overall it's poignantly compelling, at the same time horrifying."
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series)
"dude i can't believe my moms read this book!  i was into from page one but there is some sick bizness in there once you get to the mystery solved part. always can tell its a good book if i find myself staying up til 2am to find a stopping point."
Just Kids
Just Kids
"poetically written, also i'm always down for a good muse/artistic inspiration story. theirs was a great love. also, awesome glimpse into new york city/70s cultural history."
Cherry
Cherry
"best book in 2000--i'm late in reading but so glad i did.  friend recommended it to me...i was dubious, i didn't think the story of a teenage girl would be interesting.  however, mary karr is hilarious.  Her colorful writing makes the story come alive."
In Cold Blood (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
In Cold Blood (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
"excellent book, the prose just flows.  thought it mught be boring or too gruesome.  it was neither & i was sorry when it ended.  esp. recommend reading this in addition to the movie Infamous."
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
"friend swore this was a good book--not something i normally would pick up.  it was so fascinating to read about the last great explorers of 20th c.  whole time i was hungry & itchy--you'll see what i mean if you read it.  didn't like the ending but it's real life, not fiction."
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
"a magical WWII story but was a teensy bit too long. overall highly recommend!"
The New York Trilogy (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
The New York Trilogy (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"i appreciate what the author is doing & there were times when i was fully engaged with his stories but overall i was kinda bored"
Paris to the Moon
Paris to the Moon
"really enjoyed this book, full of endearing/hilarious anecdotes. love paris!"
The Corrections
The Corrections
"um, jesus christ this novel was depressing.  i felt like i was under a weight, compelled to keep reading. but it did get flowing at times, overall just really intense."
A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces
"just meh overall, maybe if i thought it was a true story i'd have felt differently. however, i liked the parts where he talked about how much he hated himself and how he thought he was such a horrible person.  it's the secret negative voice in our heads we just want to shut up."
Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
"another book my mom wanted me to read...well i read it--it's soooo good!"
Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)
Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)
"i am madame bovary, so reading it was a little more than creepy.  all my personality flaws spelled out."
Going Down With Janis
Going Down With Janis
"whoa sex much? i was not expecting the memoir to be like this but it was a page-turner nonetheless. i have no idea what parts are true & which are not but janis fans should read."
The Help Deluxe Edition
The Help Deluxe Edition
"Ok ok ok I resisted reading this for months but just said screw it.  It was GOOD.  Like really good."