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7:46 pm - Sun, Jan 8, 2012
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Best Books I Read In 2011

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now. I love when people post about what they’ve read because I’m constantly looking for something new. I read over 100 books in the past year, many of which I loved, but these are my favourites of the ones that were published in 2011. (I’m sure there are a ton of great ones that I’m missing, and you should let me know about them!) I’ll try and keep my thoughts on them short, so make sure to check out longer reviews of the books through the links. 

1) The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern
A beautifully written and absolutely enchanting tale about a magical circus and a rivalry between two illusionists…completely captivated me from the first few pages. If you read one new book this year, choose this one.

2) Ready Player One- Ernest Cline
Part quest, part love story mixed with 80’s nostalgia and video game geekery…what’s not to love? A true adventure story, perfectly paced, with incredibly likeable characters.

3) 1Q84- Haruki Murakami
Strange and mesmerizing multilayered dystopia involving parallel worlds and a mysterious cult…over 900 pages but worth the epic length.

4) Maphead: Charting the Wide Weird World of Geography Wonks- Ken Jennings
I was surprised by how much I loved reading this book, written by the Jeopardy legend. It’s full of fascinating information about everything from maps to geocaching to border disputes, politics, religion and history. You don’t have to love geography to be entertained by this book.

5) The Family Fang- Kevin Wilson
A brilliantly original story about a family of performance artists who sacrifice family life for art. Funny and quirky, they reminded me of the Tenenbaums and the Bluths.

6) Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs 
An abandoned orphanage, a mysterious island, and a collection of strange photographs…this is an amazingly creative novel that mixes fiction and haunting vintage photography for a reading experience unlike any other.   

7) The Visible Man- Chuck Klosterman 
The plot centers around a psych patient who claims he can become invisible, and his therapist who becomes obsessed with his stories to the point where her marriage and career are threatened. Fast-paced, humourous and perceptive.

8) The Dovekeepers- Alice Hoffman 
Set in 70 C.E. Israel, this is a raw and heartbreaking story of four women whose lives intersect in the desert fortress of Masada…a beautiful account of history, survival, family, and sacrifice. 

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