Lizzy's Literary Life

Celebrating the pleasures of a 21st century bookworm

Books Read 2011

100 The Raj’s Diamond R L Stevenson ***
99 Thyme Running Out – Panama Oxridge ***1/2
98 The Cleansing Flames – Roger N Morris ****
97 The Tiny Wife – Andrew Kaufmann ***
96 Next World Novella – Matthias Politycki (R) *****
95 Talking Heads Alan Bennett *****
94 Unusual Uses For Olive Oil Alexander McCall-Smith ***
93 Death at Pemberley – P D James **1/2
92 Blow on A Dead Man’s Embers – Mari Strachan ***
91 Selected Works – Heinrich von Kleist *****
90 Carsten The Trustee and Other Stories Theodor Storm ***1/2
89 Splithead – Julya Rabinowich ***
88 Effi Briest – Theodor Fontane (R) *****
87 Resistance – Owen Sheers ****
86 Therapy Sebastian Fitzek ****
85 The Hottest Dishes of The Tartar Cuisine – Alina Bronsky ****
84 The Meowmorphosis – Coleridge Cook ****
83 The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka *****
82 The Beauty Room – Regi Claire ***
81 Vivaldi and the Number 3 – Ron Butlin ****
80 My Mother’s Lover – Urs Widmer ***
79 Fighting It! – Regi Claire (R) ****
78 Pigeon English -Stephen Kelman ***
77 Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch ***
76 Via Delle Oche – Carlo Lucarelli ***
75 The Damned Season – Carlo Lucarelli ****
74 Carte Blanche – Carlo Lucarelli ***
73 The Sisters Brothers – Patrick De Witt ****
72 Snowdrops – A D Miller ***
71 The Pledge – Friedrich Duerrenmatt ****
70 Half-Blood Blues Esi Edugyan ***1/2
69 The Help – Kathryn Stockett ***
68 Crime – Ferdinand von Schirach ****
67 The Sense of An Ending – Julian Barnes *****
66 The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell and Justin Thomason (Audio) ***
65 Noir – Robert Coover  **1/2
64 The Stillness of the Sea – Nicol Ljubic ***
63 Down The Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablos Villalobos *****
62 The Duel – Anton Chekhov ****
61 Dead Sharp – Len Wanner *****
60 The Duel – Heinrich von Kleist ***
59 The Taint of Midas – Anne Zouroudi (Audio) ***
58 Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson ***
57 On Canaan’s Side Sebastian Barry ****
56 The Break Pietro Grossi ***
55 The Dark Vineyard – Martin Walker ***
54 Gillespie and I – Jane Harris ***
53 The Possessions of Doctor Forrest – Richard T Kelly ****
52 State of Wonder – Ann Patchett ***1/2
51 Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro ***1/2 (Reread it for book group. Same rating but I enjoyed it more than when I listened to the audio book earlier this year.)
49 City of Dreadful Night – Peter Guttridge ****
48 Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake **1/2
47 Shadow Sister – Simone Van Der Vlugt ***
46 A Far Cry From Kensington Muriel Spark ***
45 The Foxes Come At Night – Cees Nooteboom ****
44 The Assault – Harry Mulisch ***1/2
43 The Tea Lords – Hella S Haasse ***1/2
42 Tomorrow Pamplona – Jan Van Mersbergen ***
41 Next World Novella – Matthias Politycki *****
40 The Water Theatre – Lindsay Clarke ***1/2
39 The Slaves of Solitude – Patrick Hamilton *****
38 Night Waking – Sarah Moss ****
37 The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi – Charles Dickens ***
36 The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obrecht **1/2
35 The Quiet American – Graham Greene ****
34 Law and Peace – Tim Kevan ***
33 Baby Barista and The Art of War – Tim Kevan ****
32 An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas ****
31 Irretrievable – Theodor Fontane ***1/2
30 The Possessed – Elif Batuman ***1/2
29 Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen ***
28 Great House – Nicole Krauss ****
27 Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (Audio) ***
26 A Dark Anatomy – Robin Blake ***
25 Hector and The Secrets of Love – Francois Lelord ***
24 The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Lula Shoneyin ***
23 Dark Matter – Juli Zeh ****
22 Fame – Daniel Kehlmann ***
21 Wondrak and Other Stories – Stefan Zweig ***1/2
20 Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel ***** (Book of the Year)
19 Flypaper – Robert Musil ***
18 The Liberation of Celia Kahn – J David Simons ***1/2
17 Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism – Hans Fallada ****
16 Bluebeard – Angela Carter ****
15 The Strange Crime of John BoulnoisG K Chesterton ***
14 Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro (Audio) ***1/2
13 A Shortcut to Paradise – Teresa Solano ***
12 Chocolate Wars – Deborah Cadbury *****
11 The View from Castle Rock – Alice Munro **1/2
10 Everything and Nothing – Araminta Hall ***
09 The Credit Draper – J David Simons ***
08 When Will There Be Good News? – Kate Atkinson (Audio) ****
07 Carte Blanche – Carlo Lucarelli ***
06 Steal You Away – Niccolo Ammaniti ****
05 The City and The City – China Mieville ****
04 The Consorts of Death – Gunnar Staalesen ***
03 Hotel Du Lac – Anita Brookner (R) *****
02 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot *****
01 The London Train – Tessa Hadley ****

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