Since the end of the year is nigh, I thought I’d start making my final posts for 2011. As I’m sure you know, reading is one of my favorite pastimes, and this year I started actively using my Goodreads account in order to keep track of what I read, motivate myself to keep reading, and find new recommendations from friends with similar tastes. I love Goodreads as a social media outlet because it isn’t very time-consuming, and yet it’s incredibly useful with its simple features.
Now, first, a disclaimer: this is not the grand total of the books I’ve read this year, because I just started using this account again in July (I think). So, beyond The Hunger Games trilogy, I have no idea what I read earlier this year, since my memory is a little fuzzy due to reasons. But here we are – the books that I tracked on Goodreads. All links lead to the Goodreads page for the book, where you can see a summary and reviews, and add it to your list.
- This is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper, fiction)
- Bossypants (Tina Fey, non-fiction)
- Unbearable Lightness (Portia de Rossi, non-fiction)
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer, fiction)*
- Room (Emma Donaghue, fiction)*
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood, fiction)*
- The Help (Kathryn Stockett, fiction)
- Beauty Queens (Libba Bray, fiction)
- Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists (ed. Kevin R. Grazier)**
- Soulless (Gail Carriger, fiction)
- The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern, fiction)*
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling, non-fiction)
- Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson, fiction)
- The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides, fiction)*
*Designates a book read for my book club. I didn’t list books I’d already read, so that’s why there are a few gaps.
**Non-fiction, actually based on the science from the TV show Fringe. Highly recommended.
What did you read this year? Any standouts? Have you started making a reading goal for next year? Add me on Goodreads!