What Are The Best Books of 2011 So Far?

the tiger

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

So far in 2011 I have read 32 books. I’m losing my touch as this is well below my preferred pace. I might have to rectify the situation by raiding the library’s children’s section and reading all of the Roger Hargreaves books in a day just to get my output up.

So, what’s the best book of 2011 so far? I couldn’t say because I honestly haven’t read a lot of this year’s releases. But I can tell you what the best book I have read in 2011 is at this point:

Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of The Wind. (I’m not counting my yearly read of A Confederacy of Dunces, which I have already been through this year).

It had everything I enjoy in a book. A fabulous story, lots of well-written pages, a new take on familiar themes, a seemingly-bottomless library that you can only prowl by lamplight, and two more volumes to come.

Other books read for the first time in 2011 that I have enjoyed/loved/pondered on/all-of-the-above:

  • A Confession by Tolstoy
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  • The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
  • The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  • War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning by Christopher Hedges
  • Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen
  • The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick
  • The Tiger by John Vaillant

Non-fiction is in the lead this year. A rare occurrence for me.

Over to you. What is the best book you have read this year, irrespective of when it was published? I am definitely interested in anything good that has actually come out this year, if you are one of those people who stay on top of things.

Tops books 2011. Let’s hear it.


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