Monday, 2 January 2012

Favourite Books of 2011

Following on from my previous post on my favourite films of the year, here is a list of the favourite books I read in 2011...never thought I would ever compile such a list!

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Brilliant story about a hermaphrodite growing up with Greek family in Detroit, USA.  Gripping historical facts, observations and social history added to the difficulties of growing up in the wrong body.

The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld
Not quite as good as his first novel, The Interpretation of Murder, but still a good read well worth the effort.

Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
Possibly not his best book, but still it was my introduction to Dickens and I loved it.

Germinal by Emile Zola
Incredible story of the French Revolution from the miners point of view.  Realistic, graphic and in parts horrible.  Fantastic book.

Dr Yes by Colin Bateman
Again, not my favourite Bateman book but still full of humour and wit maing it a worthwhile read.

Caught by Harlan Coben
The only book I've ever read in a day!  I love Coben's style of paced, short episodes and 'real' characters.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A much harder read than Nicholas Nickelby; the first quarter was quite difficult to get in to, but ultimately as the storylines came together it was a rewarding read.

I'll hopefully be putting my Kindle to good use in 2012 too!

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