Library Staff Favourite Reads of 2011

Favourite Reads for 2011

  • Monsieur Linh and his Child by Phillippe Claudel
  • Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
  • Program Or Be Programmed: Ten Commands For A Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
  • God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
  • You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
  • The Player Of Games by Iain M. Banks
  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson
  • Razor: Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh and the Razor Gangs by Larry Writer
  • My favourite for the year would be The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga – set in India and tells the story of an Indian driver who kills his boss, steals his money and starts his own business.  Loved the colour and chaos of India!
  • Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (because I finished it!)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs
  • At the Loch of the Green Corrie by Andrew Greig
  • Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  • Nourishment by Gerard Woodward
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy
  • The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman
  • Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
  • The Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs
  • Bereft  by Chris Womersley
  • Perfume: the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind
  • Autumn Laing by Alex Miller
  • Squirrel seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
  • Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
  • Shooting the Fox by Marion Halligan

And the duds?

  • Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Girl in the Cellar by Allan Hall – repetitive and speculative
  • From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
  • Cold Iron by Sophie Masson
  • Least favourite and which I did not finish was The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. I will give it another go some time.
  • The Somnambulist by Essie Fox (not my cup of tea)
  • The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
  • The Last Station by Jay Parini
  • Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
  • Tree of Man by Patrick White
  • When Colts Ran by Roger McDonald
  • The Kite Runner Graphic Novel
  • My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin
  • Katherine Parr by Brandon G Withrow
  • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
  • Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
  • Narziss and Goldmund by Herman Hesse
  • The Collector by John Fowles
  • SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld
  • Anna’s Story by Bronwyn Donaghy
  • Cyberpunk Handbook by R.U.Sirius and Co
  • Newton: The Making of Genius by Patricia Fara
  • My Lover’s Lover by Maggie O’Farrell

So that’s what we’ve enjoyed, or not, what about you?

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