Seeing as I only read 4 non-fiction books in 2011 it seems a bit silly to choose a favourite and least favourite, even if they do exist. Two of them really deserve a re-mention though so I shall list all my non-fiction (as before) and then highlight the two which I want to highlight.
That Day in September- Artie Van Why
Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism- Natasha Walter
The Hare With the Amber Eyes- Edmund de Waal
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius- Dave Eggers
The two I wanted to mention again are Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism and That Day In September (click for Amazon links)
That Day in September is a 9/11 survivor’s story. It beautifully written an incredibly moving. Certainly worth a read.
Living Dolls I think is a must read for women. IT makes you see things in a different perspective and certainly brought out a bit more feminism in me.
I didn’t rate any books at 1/5 this year but I have a few rated at 2/5. So those are my nominees for ‘Disappointing fiction’. I’m sorry I just can’t say worst!
The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty- Sebastian Barry
One Day- David Nicholls
A Week in December- Sebastian Faulkes
Dragon’s Pupils: The Sword Guest- Martin Shui Chu
This year the title Disappointing Fiction is actually a little more appropriate than it was last year. Some of the nominees this year are actually worthy of the title disappointing, Sebastian Fawkes and Sebastian Barry are both authors who have written books which are among my favourites. I would even describe Sebastian Fawkes as one of my favourite authors. So I expected a lot from their books, that’s what really makes something that is not up to scratch disappointing. Really though I can’t say they’ve been my least favourite books this year. That…honour… goes to…
Dragon’s Pupils: the Sword Guest
This was one I read for review. Really though I wished I hadn’t accepted. It took a lot a lot of effort to keep reading. I could see that it wasn’t all bad but the style was just so unfinished and it was really annoying me by the end. I gave it a 2 for the idea, it wasn’t completely hopeless, and it didn’t give me such hatred that Twilight did but I disliked it enough to reject a reading of the author’s new book.
As before click the link at the top to read my review and the second link to buy on Amazon.
This year I read quite a few books which scored 5/5 so could be my best fiction book of the year. I have left out the Harry Potter books as they were re-reads but that still leaves a good few books:
War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts- Louis de Berneries
When God was a Rabbit- Sarah Winman
Shades of Grey- Jasper Fforde
Everything is Illuminated- Jonathon Safron Foer
The Help- Kathryn Stockett
Oh how much I loved all these books. It’s very difficult to choose just one. They are all quite different. But when it comes down to it I just have to go with my heart. And my heart says…
War Of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts
A lot of my decision is really down to personal reasons rather than reasons why people generally would like the book. Yes it’s fabtastic. Funny. Moving. Fantastically written. When it comes down to it though it’s a book which meets up to my expectations of Louis de Berneieres which were set by Captain Correlli’s Mandolin. it might, might, even be…better. *Shock! Horror!* For so long I have been reading Louis de Berniere’s books to try and find something which at least partially meets up to how much I love Captain Corelli’s and so far had been disappointed.
I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
For my whole review click the link at the top. To buy The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts from Amazon click the link at the top of this section.
This year I have read 60 books:
- 3 have been non-fiction, 57 have been fiction
- 6 have been re-reads, 54 have been new reads
- 11 have been read as part of reading challenges, and 6 have been read as part of a read-a-long
My wishlist currently contains 103 books and my To be Read Pile totals up to 29 books (which is not great seeing as I have been saying all year that I cannot buy more books until I am in single figures…whoops.)
11 books have scored 5/5
24 books have scored 4/5
18 books have scored 3/5
4 books have scored 2/5
0 books have scored 1/5