2011 Reading Roundup

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When I decided to put together a post recapping my reading experiences from 2011, I looked back at what a wrote last year and it’s pretty clear that I was pleased with the quality of novels that I read. Without question, 2011 was even better.

First, I met my goal of 24 novels, which was one more than what I read in 2010. Second, almost all of the novels that I read were completely kick ass. I literally rated 20 of those 24 novels as 4 stars or better. That pretty much says it all, but here are some additional stats.

Of the 24 books that I read, 2 were graphic novels and 6 were audio books. According to Goodreads, the page count for those novels was 10,102, which was just a bit more than 2010’s 9,472. If you are interested, you can see every more stats at Goodreads.

As I mentioned before, the books that I read this year were pretty awesome. Here’s the breakdown:

4 Stars

  • Side Jobs (stories from The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
  • Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher
  • Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time #4) by Robert Jordan
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Daemon by Daniel Suarez

5 Stars

  • The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
  • Before They Are Hanged (The First Law #2) by Joe Abercrombie
  • Last Argument of Kings (The First Law #3) by Joe Abercrombie
  • Ghost Story (The Dresden Files #13) by Jim Butcher
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi
  • The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) by Brent Weeks

As you can see, I read a lot of great books last year. I still want to go into some more detail about some of these reads, but I think I’ll leave that for another post.


  1. Mockingjay was a brilliant conclusion to the trilogy. I can only compare it to “Ender’s Game” – and that is extremely high praise, indeed.

    When I first closed the book last night, I felt shattered, empty, and drained. This book is my favorite of the series, hands-down.

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