04 January 2012

Book list - 2011

Here's the complete list of books I read in 2011. I didn't set a goal for this year, so I can't report success in reaching it (nor must I admit to failure, either).

An asterisk indicates a reread. Numbers refer to the order in which the books were read.

"Adult" Fiction (68 books)
1. Elleander Morning - AH, by Jerry Yulsman *
3. Six Geese A-Slaying - mystery, by Donna Andrews
4. Murder with Peacocks - mystery, by Donna Andrews
5. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon - mystery, by Donna Andrews
6. Discord's Apple - modern fantasy, by Carrie Vaughn
8. Dreadnought - AH/steampunk, by Cherie Priest
10. The Masterharper of Pern - SF, by Anne McCaffrey
13. Cowboy Angels - SF, by Paul McAuley
14. Murder with Puffins - mystery, by Donna Andrews
15. Dragonseye (aka Red Star Rising) - SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
16. All the Weyrs of Pern - SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
17. Abracadaver - historical mystery, by Peter Lovesey
18. Here Abide Monsters - fantasy, by Andre Norton *
20. The Tick of Death (aka Invitation to a Dynamite Party) - historical mystery, by Peter Lovesey
21. Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos - mystery, by Donna Andrews
25. The Skies of Pern - SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
26. We'll Always Have Parrots - mystery, by Donna Andrews
30. Atlantis and Other Places: Stories of Alternate History - AH (short stories), by Harry Turtledove
33. Rough Cider - mystery, by Peter Lovesey
34. Dragonsdawn - SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
35. Cryoburn - SF, by Lois McMaster Bujold
38. No Nest for the Wicket - mystery, by Donna Andrews
39. Dragonflight - SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
40. The Penguin Who Knew Too Much - mystery, by Donna Andrews
41. Dragonquest - SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
44. Owls Well That Ends Well - mystery, by Donna Andrews
46. The White Dragon - SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
48. Other Worlds Than Ours - SF (short stories), by Nelson Bond
49. King David's Spaceship - SF, by Jerry Pournelle *
51. Cockatiels at Seven - mystery, by Donna Andrews
52. Agatha H and the Airship City - steampunk, by Phil & Kaja Foglio
53. Mirkheim - SF, by Poul Anderson *
54. Swan for the Money - mystery, by Donna Andrews
55. The People of the Wind - SF, by Poul Anderson
56. The Man Who Counts - SF, by Poul Anderson *
59. High Justice - SF (short stories), by Jerry Pournelle
63. Blind Justice - historical mystery, by Bruce Alexander
64. Stork Raving Mad - mystery, by Donna Andrews
66. Side Jobs - modern fantasy (short stories), by Jim Butcher
70. The Real Macaw - mystery, by Donna Andrews
72. A Flock of Ships - WWII fiction, by Brian Callison *
73. Ghost Story - modern fantasy, by Jim Butcher
74. The Old Buzzard Had It Coming - historical mystery, by Donis Casey
77. Hornswoggled - historical mystery, by Donis Casey
78. Alas, Babylon - WWIII fiction, by Pat Frank *
79. A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage - mystery, by Mark Twain
81. The Drop Edge of Yonder - historical mystery, by Donis Casey
84. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson - humour, by Mark Twain
86. Over the Wine-Dark Sea - historical fiction, by H N Turteltaub
87. The Guns of the South - AH, by Harry Turtledove *
88. The Sky Took Him - historical mystery, by Donis Casey
89. Crying Blood - historical mystery, by Donis Casey
91. The Gryphon's Skull - historical fiction, by H N Turteltaub
93. The Trouble with Humans - SF (short stories), by Christopher Anvil
96. The Enchantment Emporium - modern fantasy, by Tanya Huff
97. Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer Among the Indians - fiction, by Mark Twain and Lee Nelson
103. The Sacred Land - historical fiction, by H N Turteltaub
104. Owls to Athens - historical fiction, by H N Turteltaub
105. Nemesis - historical mystery, by Lindsey Davis
106. Flint - western, by Louis L'Amour *
109. Fire Time - SF, by Poul Anderson *
111. Deathblow Hill - mystery, by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
115. Mystery of the Cape Cod Players - mystery, by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
116. The Sky People - AH/SF, by S M Stirling *
117. The Inheritance - mystery, by Simon Tolkien
118. Murder Comes First - mystery, by Frances and Richard Lockridge
119. The Man with the Iron Heart - AH/WWII fiction, by Harry Turtledove
120. Creepers - thriller, by David Morrell

Children's/YA Fiction (30)
7. Firestorm! - children's historical fiction, by Joan Hiatt Harlow
11. Please Ignore Vera Dietz - YA, by A S King
12. Moon Over Manifest - children's historical fiction, by Claire Vanderpool (Newbery Medal, 2011)
22. Time for the Stars - YA SF, by Robert A Heinlein *
23. The Shadows - children's fantasy, by Jacqueline West
24. Dragonsinger - YA SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
27. A Great Big Ugly Man Came up and Tied His Horse to Me: A Book of Nonsense Verse - children's poetry, compiled and illustrated by Wallace Tripp *
28. Dragonsong - YA SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
29. Rose's Are Red, Violet's Are Blue and Other Silly Poems - children's poetry, compiled and illustrated by Wallace Tripp
31. The Stronghold - children's historical fiction, by Mollie Hunter (Carnegie Medal, 1974)
32. Dragondrums - YA SF, by Anne McCaffrey *
37. The Exeter Blitz - children's historical fiction, by David Rees (Carnegie Medal, 1978)
42. Doggirl - YA, by Robin Brande
43. Everybody Sees the Ants - YA, by A S King (ARC)
57. Thunder and Lightnings - children's, by Jan Mark (Carnegie Medal 1976)
60. Ghost Drum - children's fantasy, by Susan Price (Carnegie Medal 1987)
62. Jordan Freeman Was My Friend - children's historical fiction, by Richard White
65. The Kindling - YA postapocalyptic, by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher
67. Time of Trial - children's historical fiction, by Hester Burton (Carnegie Medal, 1963)
69. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - YA historical fiction, by Jacqueline Kelly
71. Josh - children's, by Ivan Southall (Carnegie Medal, 1971)
75. Wolf - YA, by Gillian Cross (Carnegie Medal, 1990)
76. Aliens on Vacation - children's SF, by Clete Barrett Smith
80. The Latte Rebellion - YA, by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
85. The Snowstorm (aka The Snow Ghosts) - children's time travel, by Beryl Netherclift
90. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - YA, by Ransom Riggs
94. Into the Parallel - YA SF, by Robin Brande
112. The Hunger Games - YA SF, by Suzanne Collins
113. Catching Fire - YA SF, by Suzanne Collins
121. The Odious Ogre - children's, by Norton Juster

Non-Fiction (23)
2. Caesars' Wives: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Roman Empire - ancient history, by Annelise Freisenbruch
9. Maria: My Own Story - memoirs, by Maria von Trapp
19. Elsie and Mairi Go to War: Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front - WW I, by Diane Atkinson
36. The Judith Durham Story: Colours of My Life - biography, by Graham Simpson
45. Thumbs, Toes, and Tears: And Other Traits That Make Us Human - palaeoanthropology, by Chip Walter
47. Vet in the Vestry - memoirs, by Alexander Cameron *
50. African Exodus: The Origins of Modern Humanity - palaeoanthropology, by Chris Stringer and Robin McKie
58. Roar of the Tiger - WWII memoirs, by James H Howard
61. The Making of Man - children's palaeoanthropology, by Dr I W Cornwall (Carnegie Medal, 1960)
68. Once & Future Giants: What Ice Age Extinctions Tell Us About the Fate of Earth's Largest Animals - ecology, by Sharon Levy
82. Gunsmoke Over the Atlantic: First Naval Actions of the Civil War - USCW, by Jack D Coombe
83. The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been - AH, by Roger L Ransom
92. Grierson's Raid: A Daring Cavalry Strike Through the Heart of the Confederacy - USCW, by Tom Lalicki
95. The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics - humour, by John Pollack
98. Smugglers of Spirits: Prohibition and the Coast Guard Patrol - memoirs, by Harold Waters
99. Rum Row: The Real McCoy, the Bootleg Queen, and the Liquor Fleet That Fueled the Roaring Twenties - US history, by Robert Carse
100. Westward Bound in the Schooner Yankee - travel, by Captain and Mrs Irving Johnson
101. The Wolf: How One German Raider Terrorized the Allies in the Most Epic Voyage of WWI - WW I, by Richard Guilliatt
102. Sailing to See: Picture Cruise in the Schooner Yankee - travel, by Captain and Mrs Irving Johnson
107. Why Evolution Is True - science, by Jerry A Coyne
108. Four Queens: The Proven├žal Sisters Who Ruled Europe - European history, by Nancy Bazelon Goldstone
110. Yankee's Wander World: Circling the Globe in the Brigantine Yankee - travel, by Irving and Electa Johnson *
114. Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet - Gaia, by Tim F Flannery

The biggest categories were mysteries (28), SF (26), historical fiction (23), history (9), fantasy (8) and Carnegie Medal winners (8, bringing my total thus far up to 56 of the 72). Donna Andrews was the most-read author of the year (13 books), as I discovered the Meg Langslow mystery series; Anne McCaffrey was second (11), as I reread several of the Pern books. And 25 of the books were rereads.

My favourites? After reading Into the Parallel, by Robin Brande, I was all set to call it the best book of the year - but then in December I read The Hunger Games.... So the latter, by Suzanne Collins, gets the yellow sticky for Best Book I Read in 2011, and Brande's book comes in at number two, with The Enchantment Emporium, by Tanya Huff, and Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher, right behind them. These 24 (listed in the order in which I read them) were also very good:
The Masterharper of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey
Moon Over Manifest, by Claire Vanderpool
A Great Big Ugly Man Came up and Tied His Horse to Me: A Book of Nonsense Verse, compiled and illustrated by Wallace Tripp
Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Doggirl, by Robin Brande
Everybody Sees the Ants, by A S King (ARC)
Agatha H and the Airship City, by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Jordan Freeman Was My Friend, by Richard White
Stork Raving Mad, by Donna Andrews
Side Jobs, by Jim Butcher
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
The Real Macaw, by Donna Andrews
A Flock of Ships, by Brian Callison
The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, by Donis Casey
Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank
The Latte Rebellion, by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
Over the Wine-Dark Sea, by H N Turteltaub
The Wolf: How One German Raider Terrorized the Allies in the Most Epic Voyage of WWI, by Richard Guilliatt
Why Evolution Is True, by Jerry A Coyne
Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
Mystery of the Cape Cod Players, by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
The Inheritance, by Simon Tolkien
The Man with the Iron Heart, by Harry Turtledove
Creepers, by David Morrell

Having not set a goal for last year, I'm not setting one for this year either. But I do hope to do a lot more reading this year....

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