Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Books of the year 2011

It's tough to try and pick favourites from amongst so many wonderful reads this year. 

However, here are just some of my favourite's from what I have read during 2011 (in no particular order other than Into The Darkest Corner was my number 1!):

Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes

Still Alice - Lisa Genova

Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada

The Proof of Love - Catherine Hall

Fallen Grace - Mary Hooper

Next to Love - Ellen Feldman

All That I Am - Anna Funder

The Novel in the Viola - Natasha Solomons

The Hand that First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell

The Rabbit Girl - Mary Arrigan

Star Gazing - Linda Gillard

The Absolutist - John Boyne

Have you read any of these or have you got them on your to be read pile or on your wishlist?

I've written reviews of many of these, find them here in my Review Directory.


  1. Interestingly Lins, I haven't read any of your 2011 books of the year - off now to investigate!

    Happy New Year

  2. I chose Star Gazing too. I have a few of your other picks on my TBR.

  3. Happy New Year Shaz! Let me know if/when you do read any of these and what you think x

    Ellie I hope you like them when you read them. Star Gazing was a lovely read. Off to look at your list. x

  4. Thanks, Lindsay, for selecting STAR GAZING as one of your Books of the Year. Happy New Year to you.

  5. I have read a few of the same books and have a few of yours on my wishlist for 2012...
    Happy New Year to you :)

  6. I have Still Alice and Into the Darkest Corner on my TBR - hopefully I'll get to them in 2012! Argh!


  7. I still really want to read The Novel in the Viola and I was so pleased to see it make your list! You've made me want to read it even more with your review of it etc and I can't wait to get to it.

    Hope you have a fantastic year ahead of you Lindsay!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  8. There are so many great books here, my wishlist has just expanded! I particularly want to try All That I Am because I loved Stasiland.

    I enjoyed Next to Love this year too.

  9. Fantastic list! I really want to read Still Alice. Have had my eye on it for a while now. Wishing you a great new year!

  10. Happy New Year!!

    One of the girls in Book Club was talking about Still Alice. i need to put that one on my TBR!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  11. Thank you all so much for visiting and commenting! Happy New Year to you all!

    Melissa and Toni, I really recommend Still Alice, I read it in a couple of days at most, very moving indeed.

    Sam I hope you get to read All That I Am, and I loved Stasiland too.

    Linda thanks for a lovely read with Star Gazing, I must review it because i read it on holiday and never wrote an actual review.

    Kat those two are great reads I am envious that you still have got them to read! Enjoy!

    Josie hope you and Jaffa have some fabulous reads this New Year!

    Megan I hope you get to read that one this year! Happy New Year!

  12. Great list! I've just finished Left Neglected by Lisa Genova so am really keen to read Still Alice now!



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