I read constantly, but this year, I decided to be conscious about my reading. So many times, I find myself struggling to remember ALL the books I've read in a year, and for 2011 I am preempting the struggle.
I'll be posting the titles of the books I read this year here, as well as providing a brief annotation/opinion of each. I am so tempted to dig back into the wonderful titles I read in December, including "On Writing" by Stephen King and "Traveling With Pomegranates" by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, but...I'll be good and stick to 2011. (Both these books are HIGHLY worth reading, by the way...)
The first book I read this year was "Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood. This multi-genre historical novel about a nineteenth century convicted murderess is compelling and unique. The ending left me disappointed, but I really can't think of any possible ending to this story that wouldn't have been disappointing on some level.
Next, I returned to a favorite author of mine, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and read "The Fall of Atlantis." The title is deceptive, but it's an ancient historical novel about good and evil, gods and goddesses and the mortals who serve them. Since I love the author, I was surprised not to like this book.
I'm also on the waiting list at the library for "The Help" by Katherine Stockett, and I have two more historical novels waiting for me on the coffee table.
So what are you reading this year? Any recommendations for me?