I tried to categorize them for this post, since it's hard to take in a random (long) list of things, and I am breaking it up into two posts. This is the fiction list. In a future post I will list the non fiction.
Doing this took a long time! Next year I'll be sure not to read so much : ).
By the way, I keep track of what I've read on Goodreads. If you are on there please feel free to friend me, or give me your username and I will try to seek you out; I love seeing other readers' book lists.
Also if you want to talk about a book you particularly enjoyed, or ask about a book, or you have a blog where you've listed your 2011 reading, please do share.
So here's the Nearly Interminable Fiction Book List of 2011
Classic (Public Domain)
Sir Walter Scott. I was interested in the book because Charlotte Mason mentions it as an example of a novelist talking about education. (I put some quotes here).
I hadn't read anything by Tolstoy before, though I even took a class on Russian literature in college. So getting a Kindle gave me a good opportunity, since I didn't have to lug around a huge book.
I read this in college, but I thought it was a good time to reread.
I liked this book! Becky Sharp was like a heroine in a soap opera... incorrigible.
I've read several George Eliot and thought I would read these after watching the movie versions with my daughter during the 2011 Christmas break.
I read this during this year's Christmas break after watching the movie version with my daughter. Good book! I really liked it.
By Henry James. This is told from the perspective of a child, the young daughter of a divorced couple who are bitterly antangonist to each other. Wow, this is a dysfunctional family and the girl is caught in the middle.
A really interesting novel about two young women who are intentionally left penniless by their rich and eccentric uncle, who believes women should be able to make their way in the world without living off a man. The story moves from Scotland to Australia and has a lot of twists and turns.
I read this book really hoping I wouldn't raise children like this. Mrs Day is widowed when her husband is convicted for business fraud and shoots himself. Her three grown children and one younger son have to try to survive in the real world. It's a romance as much as anything, and was interesting reading.
A tale for children. I blogged about it here.
Both by Kathleen Thompston Norris. Mother is about a girl who gets to have a glamorous career and the contrast with her mother who is raising a large family in relative poverty and obscurity -- nice SAHM message. The Treasure is about the trials of an upper middle class wife and mother trying to find the perfect household servant. Both light and short but interesting.
Based on the case of Jack the Ripper, by Marie Belloc Lowndes, sister of Hilaire Belloc. Somewhat creepy but doesn't quite qualify as a horror story.
I thought this was a Catholic book, but it isn't. The "Rosary" of the title is actually from the title of a real song, which is sung by the heroine.
- The Moorland Cottage and Other Stories
- The Christmas Fairy and Other Stories
- Abbot's Ghost : A Christmas Story
- The Burglar and the Blizzard: A Christmas Story
This year I read a lot of books by Charlotte Yonge, who was an Anglican writer who wrote voluminously for children as well as adults. These were fascinating. She has an intense interest in education and many of the young people in the books are home tutored in one form or another, either by their parents or by tutors or governesses. She was also very interested in character and in Christian living so many of her stories are deeply connected with moral and spiritual issues.
- The Two Sides Of The Shield
- Under the Storm
- Stray Pearls
- The Long Vacation
- Chantry House
- Modern Broods
- Henrietta's Wish
- Magnum Bonum, or Mother Carey's Brood
- Lady Hester, or, Ursula's Narrative
- The Carbonels
- The Young Step-Mother
- Countess Kate
- The Clever Woman of the Family
- Dynevor Terrace
- Heir of Redclyffe
- Unknown to History: The Captivity of Mary of Scotland
By Graham Greene. Sort of a book noir.
Good first novel. Probably everyone's heard of it. There's a movie out but I haven't seen it.
A collection of stories by a Chinese-American author, very good. Mostly about the stress of immigration and how it affects various families.
;By Anne Lamott. A good first novel, semi-autobiographical, about an odd set of siblings whose faither has brain cancer. Some language and sex.
- Sweet Danger (Albert Campion Mystery #5)<
- Police at the Funeral (Albert Campion Mystery #4)
- The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
- First Family (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #4)