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  1. Discovery of Witches will make my best of list for this year too! Interesting list with quite a few books that I would like to read…one day – whenever that might be.

    • I loved those books. It was my fisrt Jennifer Haigh, so I will be reading her backlist, and I am just waiting for Eleanor to come through with another wonderful story.

    • 2011 was a stellar year for books- especially the first half. I went for long periods of time reading books that I loved or was really intrigued by. It was fabulous!

  2. There are so many on here that I must read! I’ve got The Taker and A Discovery of Witches, so I need to start with that. And The White Devil looks intriguing, I’ll have to check that, too. Oh, and Faith! I listened to the audiobook a few weeks ago and I LOVED IT. Everyone should read/listen to that one!

    • Faith was incredible. I was so totally absorbed with that one. I loved the paranormal stuff this year too. Some great books I read! Looking forward to 2012.

  3. I like how you have this set up by genre. I have listened to three of the titles you have listed in the Supernatural Fiction” category, and loved them all. In fact, The Magician King also made my End of year favorites post. I have to check out the others, although sadly the Rebecca Wolf book isn’t in audio. (Which is what I blog about.)

    Hopefully your 2012 reading will be as fruitful.

  4. Great to see your faves of 2011 – I have a few of those already on my wishlist for next year.

    Also, I wanted to say a huge Merry Christmas – I’ve loved discovering your blog a few months ago so keep up the great work and wishing you a wonderful 2012 :)

  5. Bethany

    First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Kudos!

  6. We have some overlap in our lists, and you listed a bunch of things that I really liked that didn’t QUITE make my list, so I think I might have to try to read the ones you listed that I missed this year.

  7. I have read a number of these and would agree! LOVED The Taker, and the Faith made my best of audio list. I have The White Devil sitting right *there* on my shelves. Need to pull it out and sit it out in front of my face so I will get it read.

  8. Beth Hoffman

    This is such a diverse and interesting list! I’ve read several, but think I should invest in a few more.

    Have a lovely holiday, Nicole!

  9. The only thing I’ve read on your list is The Magician King and I’ve got Wolf Hall in my DNF pile. Your non-fiction list includes a few titles I’m interested in – especially Destiny of the Republic!

  10. I can’t believe I still haven’t read A Discovery of Witches! I need to match that book a priority. I loved Rules of Civility and Wolf Hall, though, so good choices there. Otherwise I clearly have a lot of books left to read! :)

  11. Oh, you picked some wonderful read for this year! Though I have read a few, some of them are on my list for the upcoming year, and I am so excited about that! Did you see the news that the sequel to A Discovery of Witches is coming out in the beginning of next year? The ARCs will start going out in March. So excited about this!!! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

    Have a wonderful holiday season, Nicole!

    • And it’s out in paperback Tuesday, so much more wieldy. I read the hardcover and could only read it in bed at night or curled up on the couch!

  12. Nice list! Love the supernatural fiction selection. And I chuckled to see “Go the *** to sleep” in there – classic.

    My fav read of the year completely took me by surprise, it was Felix Dennis’ “How to Get Rich.” Completely and utterly unlike any other book I’ve read in that (generally dreadful) genre, I found it astonishing, dry, cynical (in a good way), enlightening and thoroughly entertaining.

  13. Cathrine W. Harden

    Hi Nicole,

    Great list of books. I’m not that book reader, But one of my new years resolution is to read books next year maybe I’ll start reading this books that you recommend :)

  14. Two book club books made the list! Faith is on mine as well and I also included You Know When The Men Are Gone.

    I have some of your others on my TBR and need to move them up – The Oregon Experiment and Violets of March.

  15. Martha @ Hey, I want to read that

    What a great list. I have a lot of those on my lists. Hope you have a Happy New Year of reading ahead.

  16. Jennifer

    I am really excited to read this book…Looking forward to buy this..Hope is already available in the bookstore..Thanks for sharing..

  17. Enjoyed reading your list and I admire your organization! It’s mid-January and I (once again) haven’t compiled a single Best of 2011 list of my own. Many of your choices were on my TBR radar already, but I need to add a few more. I like Anthony Horowitz’s YA novels on audio, and I hadn’t realized he had a Sherlock Holmes novel out. I agree with other commenters that Faith made a great audio. I liked The Taste of Salt also, and think that would be a great audio too.

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