My Best Reads of 2011

One year ago, I decided to start this blog to chronicle the books I read and share some book club news.  I never thought I’d of read as much as I did this year, nor have the pleasure of meeting authors and reading their books.  It has been a great journey and I am so thankful to have had you join me along the way.

There are quite a few books I enjoyed reading and some that have become my all time favorites.  Below is a list of some of the books I read this year that I absolutely love and wanted to share with you, too!

Best Reads of 2011

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell

The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

People of the Book by Kathi Macias

All That is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd

The Help by Kathleen Stockett

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Hidden Wives by Claire Avery

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Duggard

Miss You Most of All by Elizabeth Bass

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Faith of Ashish by Kay Marshall Strom

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

The Daughter She Used to Be by Rosalind Noonan

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


So, that’s my list for 2011!!  There are some little gems I found along the way and others were huge booksellers, but like any reader, it doesn’t matter how much publicity a book garners, it’s all in the quality of the writing :D

6 thoughts on “My Best Reads of 2011

  1. Lisa, I just discovered your blog and the book club you organize. I might be interested in joining. Could you send me some more information about the book club and the books you will be reading in the next few months and about how the books are chosen?


    • If you live in the Houston area, go to Meetup and you should find our book club and all it’s info on there. It’s a process to join, but not anything too time consuming. You can also go to the top tab of Bay Area Book Club and be directed to our book club that way as well. Thanks for your interest.


  2. […] Books in the Burbs: My Best Reads of 2011. Oh, wow, Lisa lives somewhere near me, and she reads neat books, and she has a book club! OK, I fear that I begin to repeat myself, but City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell was one of the the best fiction books I read this past year. I commend it to Lisa. And for nonfiction, how about Little Princes by Connor Grennan? […]


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