My Best Reads of 2011
December 14, 2011 § 11 Comments
I’m deep into my newest book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and I absolutely love it. Brandon makes fun of me a little, claiming I’m just reading this book because we moved to Brooklyn, but I hardly mind because it is so so good! My secret plan is to try to get him to read it once I’m done.
With 2012 just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all the books I’ve read this year. I keep a list so I can keep track, and when I glanced back the other day I realized many of the books from this year’s list have become some of my all time favorite reads. There are multiple ones on my list I’d love to read again and would highly recommend to friends. So, I thought I’d share a few with you all in hopes you’d tell me your favorite books! I have a couple on my list for 2012, but not many- so recommendations would be much appreciated. Here are mine:
Room by Emma Donoghue Room tells the story of 5 year old Jack and his Ma, who live in an 11 x 11 square foot space. Jack has lived his entire life in this single room, with no exposure to the outside world. As the room becomes more and more of a prison to Ma, and Jack grows bigger, it becomes clear they must escape. The story follows their escape and Jack’s experience seeing the outside world for the very first time. I read this one in just a few days, you won’t be able to put it down!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot If I were even to begin to describe what this book is about, you’d likely scratch your head in disbelief that I’d even be interested in reading about the first “immortal” human cells grown in culture. Yes, this is a book about cells. But the story behind where they came from is absolutely incredible. You must must must read this book.
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls While I absolutely loved Jeanette’s book The Glass Castle, I was especially fond of the sequel- Half Broke Horses. It didn’t get as much attention as the first, but it’s such an incredible book. The story follows the life of Lily Casey Smith, Jeanette’s maternal grandmother. Jeanette’s writing style and story telling abilities are down right addictive. Read both back to back, you’ll be completely hooked.
Setting The Table by Danny Meyer Have you heard of Danny Meyer? This book made me want to drop everything and go waitress in one of his restaurants! He opened his first restaurant in New York, Union Square Café, at the age of 27 and has since grown his restaurant group, Union Square Hospitality, into one of the world’s most dynamic restaurant organizations. The story of his business is fascinating, and though this book doesn’t read like a business book, his insights are really applicable to any business or organization. You don’t have to be interested in food to love this one!
Has anyone read these books too? What’s on your list of best reads for 2011?