Authors & Books, Book Review

The Best Books I Read in 2011

Cover of "The Name of the Wind (Kingkille...

Cover via Amazon

Looking back, I actually read a lot more than I have in a while.  Much of the volume came from adventure type books, the same genre as where the Da Vinci Code would fall.  This type of mass market paperback is readily available for 99 cents at Goodwill or in the clearance section of Half Price Books.  Normally, I’m an avid fan of fantasy fiction like that from Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin, but found that the quick pace fit perfectly with what I needed.  They still provided the escape that I needed but without taking a month to read an 800 page book.

James Rollins and Steve Berry were new authors I tried out and will continue to read.  I also really enjoy the ‘Pendergast’ novels by Preston and Child and highly recommend giving them a shot if you’re at all interested in supernatural thriller/mysteries.  The Pendergast character is a very interesting take on an FBI agent.

There are also a few books on the list that my wife put me up to reading.  No need to point them out, I’m sure you can guess.

The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer (decided to give this one a try after watching one of his shows on the History Channel)

Map of Bones by James Rollins

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry

The Romanov Prophesy by Steve Berry

Water for Elephants (believe it or not, this book is a hundred times better than the movie. The book has much more of a focus on the circus which is really well researched and interestingly portrayed.)

Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Dance of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Written in Bone by Simon Beckett

The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen

And easily, the best book I read last year was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (pictured above).  It’s a fantasy fiction novel, his first, and was everything a fan of that genre could hope for.  I’ll be submitting a book review to YCN and will add an update here with that link once it’s posted.

I know there were several more, but trying to remember 12 months worth is actually pretty difficult to do.  Especially since, if I don’t enjoy a book I’ll quit reading it after 50 – 100 pages, which means lots of other novels keep coming to mind that I didn’t actually finish.


About The Mad Hatter

A little random, oftentimes heady, totally looking for purpose. I'm moved by topics across the board, sometimes focusing on reading classic literature or more recent philosophy; sometimes given to less productive impulses. In order to stay active, I've also just joined the Yahoo Contributor Network.


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