Sunday, January 29, 2012

Daisy's Best of 2011

I'm so late in posting this, but better late than never.   Right?  The only separation I did this year was for fiction and nonfiction.  Note that these are books I read in 2011 and not necessarily published that year. In no particular order, here's Daisy's Best of 2011:

The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon
Death Notice by Todd Ritter(I can't remember if I read it at the end of 2010 or the beg of 2011)
Bad Moon by Todd Ritter
The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas
Red Hook Road by Ayelet Walman
The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose
The Accident by Linwood Barclay
Room by Emma Donoghue
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Hush by Kate White
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes
Grace Interrupted by Julie Hyzy
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

Four of the five following books come from DK Publishing. In my opinion, you really can't go wrong with any of their books. I read a number of them in 2011 and enjoyed them all. My favourites of those are listed below. The last book in the list is from Random House.
The Best Art You've Never Seen by Julian Spalding
The Cook's Book by Jill Norman, Editor-in-Chief
Fresh Flower Arranging by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks
The History Book by DK Publishing
Martha Stewart's New Pie & Tarts by Martha Stewart

That's it.  Did you read any of these?  Did any of them make your "best of" list?  Do you disagree with any of my selections?  Do you have recommendations?   Let me know in the comments.


  1. I read Room and I agree that it was a great book It made my best of 2011 books too. I haven't read any of the others but I am dying to read the Alan Bradley books and Left Neglected. As to DK books my bird book is published by them and it is fantastic.

  2. Looks like you had a pretty good reading year. I enjoyed Before I go to Sleep. Not so much for the Fannie Flagg. That's what makes books and blogging so fun - every story affects every reader in a personal way. And then we get to share it.

    There are a few more from your list that are waiting patiently on my TBR. Maybe in 2012????


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