2011 Books Read


Book Title, Author (First Time Read), Genre, Pages, Publication Date,

1.The Notorious Mrs. Winston , by Mary Mackey
historical fiction, 340 pages, May 1, 2007, Purchase Gettysburg, (War Through the Generations & Historical Fiction Challenge)

2.Iron Thunderby Avi
historical fiction, 207pages, 2007, School Library, (War Through the Generations) & Historical Fiction Challenge)

3.The Wave, by Susan Casey
 non-fiction (rogue waves, surfing),352 pages, Sept.14, 2010. (ARC-My Choice Challenge)

4. When We Were Strangers, by Pamela Schoenewaldt,(first time author read) historical fiction, 328 pages, 2011, Harper, (ARC-Early Reviewer Library Thing)

5. The Fort, by Bernard Cornwell, historical fiction, 468 pages, 2011, Harper, (ARC-My Choice Challenge & Historical Fiction Challenge)

6. Ape House, by Sara Gruen, contemporary fiction,309 pages, 2011, Spiegel & Grau,
(Arc-My Choice Challenge)

7. Pale Rose of England, Sandra Worth(Historical Fiction Challenge)

8. The Anatomy of Ghosts, Andrew Taylor, (first time author read),historical fiction (mystery), 432 pages, 2011, Hyperion. (Historical Fiction Challenge).

9. Enemy Women, Paulette Jiles, historical fiction, 321 pages, 2002, William Morrow, (War Through the Generations, Historical Fiction Challenge)


Book Title, Author (First Time Read), Genre, Pages, Publication Date,

10. Black Swan, Chris Knopf(First Time Author Read), mystery, contemporary, 304pp, May 2011, The Permanent Press (ARC-My Choice Challenge).

11. The Colors of Courage, Gettysburg's Forgotten History, by Margaret S. Creighton (First Time Author Read), American History (Civil War), 321pp, c.2005, Basic Books. (Purchase-My Choice Challenge, War Through the Generations,  Civil War Challenge)

12. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough, by Ruth Pennebaker, contemporary women's fiction, 320pp, January 2011, Berkley Trade (ARC-BlogTour-My Choice Challenge).

13. Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran, historical fiction,(French Revolution), 464pp, February 2011, Crown Publishing. (ARC-BlogGiveaway-My Choice Challenge,Historical Fiction Challenge).

14. The Slaves' War, by Andrew Ward, American History, 1861-1865,(American Civil War), 400pp, June 2008, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (War Through the Generations Challenge).

15. I Shall Not Hate, by Izzeldin Abuelaish,(Memoir-A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity, 256pp, January 2011, Walker & Company. (Early Reviewers Library Thing Pick)

16. The Raven Queen, by Jules Watson, (historical fiction, mythology, Ireland) 544pp, February 22, 2011, Spectra Trade. (Blog Tour, Passages to the Past, Historical Fiction Challenge)


17. I Am the Chosen King, by Helen Hollick, historical fiction, England, 592pp, March 2011. Sourcebooks, (Historical Fiction Challenge), Blog Tour.

18.To Defy a King, by Elizabeth Chadwick, historical fiction, England, March 2011, Sourcebooks,  (Historical Fiction Challenge),Blog Tour, 

19.Wings,A Novel of WWII Flygirls, Karl Friedrich, HNR Magazine, historical fiction, McBooks Press, 295pp.(Historical Fiction Challenge).  

20. Stalina, by Emily Rubin, HNR Magazine, historical fiction, Amazon Encore, 220pp.(HIstorical Fiction Challenge).

21. A Race to Splendor, Ciji Ware, HNR Magazine, historical fiction, Sourcebooks, (Historical Fiction Challenge).

22. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Galye Tzemach Lemmon, Harper Collins, 288pp. (Biography, Kamila Sidiqi.(My Choice Challenge)

23. The Queen's Rival, Diane Haeger, New American Library, 416pp. (Historical Fiction, 16th Century, Henry VIII Court, (Historical Fiction Challenge and HNR Review)


24. The Good Daughter:[A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life],by Jasmin Darznik, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group, 336pp. Jan. 2011,(Memoir, My Choice Challenge).

25. Deed So, by Katharine A. Russell, Create Space Publishing, 438pp. November 2010,(Blog Tour, Historical Fiction 1960's American South).

26. Pox, An American History, by Michael Willrich, Penguin Press, 400pp. March 31, 2011, (Blog Tour,)American History 19th, 20th Century. 

27, The Rebellion of Jane Clarke, Sally Gunning, Harper Paperbacks, 304pp. April 26, 2011, (Blog Tour, Historical Fiction Challenge) Historical Fiction 18th Century Boston, Mass.

28. Jerusalem Maiden, by Talia Carner,Harper Paperbacks, 400pp. June 2011, (Library Thing, Early Reviewer, Historical Fiction Challenge) Historical Fiction, Early 20th Century Jerusalem.

29. The Confession of Katherine Howard, Suzannah Dunn, Harper Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 320 pages. (Historical Fiction Challenge).


30. Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende, Harper Perennial, 480pp. Paperback Edition April 2011, (Blog Tour, ARC, Historical Fiction Challenge) Historical Fiction, 18th Century, Haiti, New Orleans.

31. 22 Britannia Road, Amanda Hodgkinson

32. American Heiress, by Daisy Goodwin, St. Martin's Press (2011), Hardcover, 480 pages, (ARC, Early Reviewer Library Thing, Historical Fiction Challenge) Historical Fiction, Late 19th century.

33. Twice Born:A Novel, Margaret Mazzantini, Viking Adult (2011), Hardcover, 464 pages, (ARC, 1990-present)


34. Graveminder: A Novel, by Melissa Marr, William Morrow (2011), Hardcover, 336 pages, (fantasy/paranormal mystery)

35. The Story of Beautiful Girl,  Rachel Simon, Grand Central Publishing (2011), Hardcover, 352 pages. Historical Fiction, Social Reform 1960+ (ARC, HNR & Historical History Challenge)

36. Queen by Right:A Novel, Anne Easter Smith
Touchstone (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 528 pages, Historical Fiction 15thC, (ARC, Missed Blog Tour and Historical Fiction Challenge)

37.  Miss Timmins' School for Girls: A Novel, Nayana Currimbhoy, Harper Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 512 pages. (ARC- Blog Tour, Historical Fiction)

38. On China, Henry Kissinger, Penguin Press, The (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 608 pages.
(ARC-blog tour, Chinese history).

39. The Judas Field, Howard Bahr, Picador, Paperback (2006), 293 pages, (Purchase, Civil War Challenge, Historical Fiction Challenge) Novel of the Civil War.

40. Radio Shangri-La, Lisa Napoli,  Crown Publishing, Feb.2011, 304 pages, (ARC, My Choice Challenge) Travel/Memoir.

41. The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, Alison Weir, Ballantine Books,  (2010 pb edition), 978-0-345-45322-8, 441 pages, (My Choice Challenge) History-Great Britain.

42. Sea Witch,  by Helen Hollick, The First Voyage of Jesamiah Acorne, 978-0-85778-037-9,
2011, (344 pages). Historical fiction, pirates, 1700's, Africa-Caribbean. 

43. Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks, Viking/Penguin Group, May 2011, 9780670021048, $26.95, 301 pages. (Blog Giveaway, Historical Fiction Challenge 2011).

44. Shadows on the Gulf, Rowan Jacobsen, Bloomsbury, 2011, Hardcover, 978-1-608195817,204 pages,(Library Thing Early Reviewer, Non-fiction Gulf Coast, ecology, natural history).

45. March, Geraldine Brooks, Penguin Books, ©2005, Paperback Edition, (January 2006) 014303666, $15.00, 304 pages, (Historical Fiction Challenge 2011, War Through the Generations Challenge, Civil War) Historical fiction-Civil War 1861-1865, [March-Little Women].

46. Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang,0-7432-4698-5, Touchstone Paperback, Biography, 1991, (542 pages), purchase.

47.  The Magicians, Lev Grossman, 78-0-452-29629-9, Penguin-A Plume Book,  fiction, magic, fantasy, 2009, (402 pages). Sequel to follow: The Magician King.

48.  Pirate Code, by Helen Hollick, 978-0-85778-036-2, historical fiction, pirates, 1700's, Africa-Caribbean. Second Voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne, (314 pages). 

49. Bring it Close, by Helen Hollick, 9780857780386, historical fiction, pirates, 1700's, Africa-Caribbean.  Blog Tour, Third Voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne, (436 pages).

50.  The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Press, 978-0-439-02348-1, 2008, science fiction, future North America, survival, reality television, interpersonal relationships, contests,  (374 pages). Book 1 of Trilogy, Movie Release.

51.  Under Fire, Margaret Mclean,

52. The Map of Time, by Felix J. Palma, Translated by Nick Caistor, c2008, 978-1-4391-6739-7, Aria Books, historical fiction, (611 pages).


53. Across Many Mountains, by Yangzom Brauen, A Memoir (A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom. (Library Thing Early Reviewer) 

54. Catherine the Great, Non-Fiction, Portait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie, Random House, 978-0-679-45672-8. November 11, 2011 Release. 

55. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, Penguin Press, Chinese American Biography, 978-1-59420-284-1. (Self-purchase)

56. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness,  Viking Press (Penguin Group), 978-0-670-0-02241-0. (561 pages), First book in the All Souls trilogy. Love, love loved this one!!! (Vampires, Witches, Alchemy, Science and magic). Published 2011.

57. Conquistadora, by Esmeralda Santiago, 978-0-307-26832-7, Alfred A. Knopf, historical fiction, Puerto Rico 19th century, Women plantation owners, sugar plantations, slavery. (421 pages).

58. The Northside, by Nelson Johnson, 978-0-937548-73-8, Non-fiction, Atlantic City/African Americans.(358 pages), Plexus Publishing, Inc. (Historical Novels Review-self purchase).

59. Midnight on Julia Street by Ciji Ware, 978-1-4022-2272-6, (512 pages), Sourcebooks, historical fiction. Release August 2011.

60. The Betrayal, by Diane Noble, Brides of Gabriel Book 2, 978-0-06-198094-7, historical Fiction, 1842, Salt Lake Valley, Harper Collins (Avon), (290 pages). (Early Reviewer Library Thing).
61. Sleeping With the Enemy,  by Hal Vaughan, (Coco Chanel's Secret War), 978-0-307-59263-7. (282 pages),  Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. (Self purchase).

62. The Time in Between, by María Dueñas, 978-1-4516-1688-0, (615 pages), Simon and Shuster (Atria), Historical fiction, seamstress during Spanish Civil War and World WarII. Translated by Daniel Hahn. Copyright 2009, Atria edition 2011.

63. Shame the Devil, by Debra Brenegan, 978-1-4384-3587-9, (341 pages) Historical Fiction about Fanny Fern American novelist (1811-1872), Excelsior Edition, 2011. (Historical Novels Review).

64. Prophecy, by S.J. Parris, Author of Heresy, Historical Fiction, 978-0-385-53130-6, (384 pages), Doubleday, May 2011 release. 

65. Fire Monks, Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara, by Colleen Morton Busch, 
Non-fiction-Biography, California, Wildfire control, Firefighters, Zen Buddhism, 978-1-59420-291-9 Penguin Press,  (256 pages), 2011. (Purchase).

66. Lady of English, by Elizabeth Chadwick, 978-1-4022-5092-7, Sourcebooks landmark, (514 pages), historical fiction, 12th century.

67. Why China Will Never Rule the World, by Troy Parfitt, Western Hemisphere Press, 978-0-9868035-0-5, Non-fiction, Travel- Current Affairs, Taiwan, China. (424 pages).

68.Up From These Hills, by Leonard Carson Lambert & Michael Lambert, 978-0-8032-3536-6, Bison Books, Non-Fiction-Memoir, (199 pages).

69. The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Region, Tom Calarco, 978-0-7864-6416-6, Non-fiction, Underground Railroad, History 19th century, Anti-slave movement, Adirondack, New York, (293 pages) Library Thing Review.

70. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, 978-0-399-15534-5, historical fiction, Civil Rights Movement, African American women, Jackson, Mississippi, (453 pages).


71. The Printmaker's Daughter, Katherine Glovier, Historical Fiction 19th Century Japan, Hokusai and Oei,501pp, pb, 978006200036-1. HNR Review

72. Moon Over Manifest, (YA), Clare Vanderpool, Historical Fiction, 20th Century, 1917-1936, WWI, 
353pp, HB, 9780385738835. Self purchase. 

73. Josefina's Sin, Claudia H. Long.  Historical Fiction, HNR Review to follow

74.  The March by E.L. Doctorow, Civil War Historical Fiction, Challenge War Through the Generations, Review to follow.

75. The Last Nude, Ellis Avery, Hardcover, 320 pages, Library Thing ER

76. The Call of Sedonna: Journey of the Heart by Ilchi Lee,

77.The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Region by
Tom Carlarco, McFarland (2011), Paperback, 303 pages, Non-fiction,

Total for the Year 78 Adult books.  Not my best year, but considering the year it has been, I am surprised I hit this number. Recaps to follow.....