My reads for 2011:
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
The Good Husband, Gail Godwin
The Paper Men, William Golding
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Teacher Man, Frank McCourt
The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman
The Book of Ruth, Jane Hamilton
Crazy Love, Francis Chan
The Wedding, Nicholas Sparks
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
Heaven is For Real, Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean
Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers
I loved reading the Harry Potter series. So much fun. And now I can participate in all those conversations. Are you Slytherin or Ravenclaw? Who wants some butter beer?
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver has one of the most unexpected endings EVER. It took me a LONG time to read this book, but that was because my schedule was been crazy. Authentic, lovable characters... some actually real people... Thank you, Katie, for the recommendation!
My friend Sandi insisted I read Heaven Is For Real and loaned it to me. Thanks, Sandi! I read it in one afternoon. Lots of tears for me.
I thought finishing The Orchid Thief would kill me. Which would have made an interesting obit. Laborious. Possibly the worst book ever. Yes, there might be some exaggeration in that statement. The research in the book was thorough...
J.O. loaned me Redeeming Love. Thank you for providing a fabulous day of reading. Perfectly coincided with my reading of the account of Hosea and Gomer. A "bad" woman being pursued by a man of amazing character. What's not to love?
The Paper Men. Golding has a way of investigating the nature of man that is both disturbing and accurate. A different voice than that of Lord of the Flies. His take on the disintingration of relationships in the absense of societal rules is similar though.
Looking forward to finishing up the books I'm halfway through... I failed to complete three that I wanted to finish. Here's to good reading in 2012!