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Books read in 2011

Cross-posted to librarything. These are the books I read in 2011, posted in the form of a poll (which seems to be the librarything tradition). Feel free to check off the ones you have read.

Fiction

T.J. Bass, The Godwhale (1974)
0(0.0%)
J.L. Carr, A Month In the Country (1980)
0(0.0%)
G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
9(6.6%)
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1860)
14(10.2%)
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone (1868)
12(8.8%)
F. Marion Crawford, Khaled: A Tale of Arabia (1891)
0(0.0%)
Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost (1951)
2(1.5%)
Robertson Davies, Leaven of Malice (1954)
2(1.5%)
Robertson Davies, A Mixture of Frailties (1958)
2(1.5%)
Michel Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White (2002)
8(5.8%)
Michel Faber, The Courage Consort: Three Novellas (2004)
0(0.0%)
Michel Faber, The Apple: Crimson Petal Stories (2006)
1(0.7%)
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop (1978)
2(1.5%)
Penelope Fitzgerald, Human Voices (1980)
0(0.0%)
John Gardner, Grendel (1971)
6(4.4%)
Robert Graves, I, Claudius (1934)
11(8.0%)
Robert Graves, Claudius the God (1935)
7(5.1%)
Robert Irwin, The Arabian Nightmare (1983)
0(0.0%)
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question (2010)
1(0.7%)
Naguib Mahfouz, Palace Walk (1956)
2(1.5%)
Naguib Mahfouz, Palace of Desire (1957)
1(0.7%)
Naguib Mahfouz, Sugar Street (1957)
1(0.7%)
Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851)
11(8.0%)
George Meredith, The Shaving of Shagpat (1856)
0(0.0%)
Iris Murdoch, Under the Net (1954)
0(0.0%)
Iris Murdoch, An Unofficial Rose (1962)
0(0.0%)
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea (1978)
1(0.7%)
Iris Murdoch, The Book and the Brotherhood (1987)
0(0.0%)
Audur Ava Olafsdottir, The Greenhouse (2011), tr. Brian FitzGibbon
0(0.0%)
Charles Portis, The Dog of the South (1979)
0(0.0%)
Jan Potocki, The Saragossa Manuscript: A Collection of Weird Tales (1805), translated by Elisabeth Abbott
0(0.0%)
Thomas Pynchon, Vineland (1990)
4(2.9%)
Paul Quarrington, Whale Music (1989)
0(0.0%)
Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence (2008)
0(0.0%)
Dan Simmons, Ilium (2003)
2(1.5%)
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrecker (1892)
0(0.0%)
Robert Louis Stevenson, Island Nights' Entertainments (1893)
0(0.0%)
Josephine Tey, A Shilling for Candles (1936)
5(3.6%)
Josephine Tey, Miss Pym Disposes (1946)
5(3.6%)
Josephine Tey, Brat Farrar (1949)
7(5.1%)
Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time (1951)
12(8.8%)
John Williams, Butcher's Crossing (1960)
0(0.0%)
John Williams, Augustus (1973)
0(0.0%)
Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)
9(6.6%)

Non-Fiction

David Allen, Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity (2001)
4(33.3%)
Sarah Bakewell, How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (2010)
0(0.0%)
Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods (1998)
7(58.3%)
Shaila Catherine, Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity (2008)
0(0.0%)
Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (2007)
0(0.0%)
John Fowles, The Tree (1979)
0(0.0%)
Philip Hoare, The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea (2010)
1(8.3%)
Jesse James, American Outlaw (2011)
0(0.0%)
Nathaniel Philbrick, Why Read Moby-Dick? (2011)
0(0.0%)
Steven Pressfield, Do the Work (2011)
0(0.0%)
Laurence C. Smith, The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future (2010)
0(0.0%)
Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight (2008)
0(0.0%)

Ancient & Medieval literature

Seneca, Letters from a Stoic (1st century), translated by Robin Campbell
0(0.0%)
Beowulf (8th century), tr. Seamus Heaney
20(58.8%)
The Arabian Nights (14th century), tr. Husain Haddawy
6(17.6%)
Boccaccio, The Decameron (14th century), tr. G.H. McWilliam
8(23.5%)
Cabeza De Vaca, Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America (1542), tr. Cyclone Covey
0(0.0%)
Marguerite of Navarre, The Heptameron: Selected Tales (1558), tr. Arthur Machen
0(0.0%)


Favourite new authors I discovered in 2011: Penelope Fitzgerand and Josephine Tey.

Books I want to read in 2012 include Robertson Davies' last two novels, R.A. Lafferty's The Devil is Dead trilogy, Christopher Logue's War Music (and the other volumes in his interpretaion of The Iliad), John Cowper Powys' first 3 novels, and Thomas Pychon's Mason & Dixon. Plus more by Penelope Fitzgerald, Iris Murdoch and Josephine Tey.

My 2010 book list is here.
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