2011 Book Reviews by Title

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A list of my 2011 book reviews by title


84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff–3 stars

Letter A
Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund–4 Stars

Adam & Eve by Sena JeterNaslund–2 Stars
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey–4 Stars
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott, read by Denis O’Hare–3 Stars
Alice at Heart by Deborah Smith–4 Stars
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Constance Garnett–3 Stars
The Arrival by Shaun Tan–4 Stars
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson–4 Stars
Austenland by Shannon Hale, read by Katherine Kellgren–3.5 Stars

Letter B
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan–4 Stars

Bending Toward the Sun by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie and Rita Lurie–4 Stars
Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani–3 Stars
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani–4 Stars
Blankets by Craig Thompson–4 Stars
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs–4 Stars
Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith–3 Stars
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson–3 Stars

Letter C
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin–5 Stars

The Color Purple by Alice Walker–4 Stars
Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières–3 Stars
Cujo by Stephen King–3.5 Stars

Letter D
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born by Peter David, Stephen King, et al.–3 Stars

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop–4.5 Stars
Deception Point by Dan Brown–4 Stars
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore–4 Stars
Dissolution by C. J. Sansom–4 Stars
The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint–3 Stars
Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint–5 Stars

Letter E
East of Eden by John Steinbeck–4 Stars

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi–4 Stars
Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger et al.–3 Stars
Everlost by Neal Shusterman, read by Nick Podehl–2.5 Stars
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly–5 Stars
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer–4 Stars

Letter F
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull–4 Stars

The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir by Ken Harmon–3.5 Stars
The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews, read by Isabel Keating–4 Stars
Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore, read by Bill Irwin–4 Stars
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher–4 Stars
Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey–4 Stars
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley–3 Stars

Letter G
The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian–3 Stars

The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar–3 Stars
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale–4.5 Stars
Graceling by Kristin Cashore–5 Stars
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman–5 Stars
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw–4 Stars

Letter H
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, read by David Warner–2.5 Stars

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill–4 Stars
Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop–4 Stars
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss–3 Stars
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris–DNF
Horns by Joe Hill–4 Stars
The House on Tradd Street by Karen White–3.5 Stars
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder–4 Stars
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff–3 Stars
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones–5 Stars
Huck by Janet Elder–3 Stars

Letter I
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson–4 Stars

In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant–3.5 Stars
Instructions by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess–5 Stars
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer–4 Stars
The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop–3 Stars

Letter J
Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint–3.5 Stars

Just After Sunset by Stephen King–4 Stars

Letter K
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis–4 Stars

The King’s Mistress by Emma Campion–3 Stars
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn, read by Marguerite Gavin–3 Stars
The Known World by Edward P. Jones–4 Stars
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey–4 Stars

Letter L
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse–2 Stars

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan–4 Stars
Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham–4 Stars
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly–4.5 Stars
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater–4 Stars
The Lost City of Z by David Grann, read by Mark Deakins–3 Stars

Letter M
M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman, read by the author–4 Stars

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, read by Peter Altschuler–4.5 Stars
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen–3 Stars
The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif–3 Stars
Mary, Called Magdalene by Margaret George–3 Stars
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman–5 Stars
Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman–5 Stars
The Maze Runner by James Dashner, read by Mark Deakins–2 Stars
The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig–4 Stars
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons–4 Stars
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin–4 Stars
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins–4 Stars
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert–4 Stars
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff–3 Stars
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey–4 Stars

Letter N
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss–4.5 Stars

Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ Stardust–5 Stars
Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny–3 Stars
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell–4 Stars
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry–4 Stars

Letter O
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman–4 Stars

The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds–4 Stars
One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey–3 Stars

Letter P
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks–4 Stars

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, translated by Mattias Ripa–4 Stars
The Phantom of Pemberley by Regina Jeffers–DNF
Plant Life by Pamela Duncan–4 Stars
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver–2 Stars

Letter Q
Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop–4 Stars
Letter R
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale–3 Stars

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline–4 Stars
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff–3.5 Stars
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason–3 Stars
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry–2.5 Stars
The Roar by Emma Clayton–4 Stars
The Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji–4 Stars
Ruined by Paula Morris–3 Stars
The Ruins by Scott Smith–2.5 Stars

Letter S
Sabriel by Garth Nix–3 Stars

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King–4 Stars
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland–4 Stars
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan–4 Stars
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand–4 Stars
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See–3.5 Stars
Southern Plate by Christy Jordan–4 Stars
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach–4 Stars
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin–5 Stars
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi, translated by Stuart Woolf–3 Stars

Letter T
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling–3 Stars

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney–4 Stars
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston–4 Stars
Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich–4 Stars
Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris–3 Stars
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich–4 Stars

Letter W
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen–4 Stars

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson–4 Stars
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, read by Robynne Young–DNF
When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke, translated by Oliver G. Latsch, read by the author–3 Stars
Wild Orchid: A Retelling of “The Ballad of Mulan” by Cameron Dokey–3 Stars
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin–3 Stars
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach–4 Stars
The Woods by Harlan Coben–3 Stars
The Word Made Flesh by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor–3 Stars
A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull–4 Stars

Letter Y
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle–4 Stars

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee–3 Stars

Letter Z
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman–3 Stars

Zora and Me by Victoria Simon and T. R. Bond–4 Stars

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