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2nd-Jan-2012 12:53 pm
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Book Author Finished
Hunted [The Flash Gold Chronicles] Lindsay Buroker 12/31/11
Mile 81 Stephen King 12/28/11
Flash Gold [The Flash Gold Chronicles] Lindsay Buroker 12/26/11
Beekeeping for Beginners Laurie R. King 12/21/11
Alpha and Omega Patricia Briggs 12/20/11
Dracula Bram Stoker 12/19/11
Zeitoun Dave Eggers 12/12/11
Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey) Deanna Raybourn 11/30/11
Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel Janet Evanovich 11/29/11
Pirate King (Russell & Holmes, Book 11) Laurie R. King 11/14/11
New York to Dallas (In Death) J.D. Robb 10/29/11
Treachery in Death J. D. Robb 10/24/11
Daughter of the Game Tracy Grant 10/21/11
The Cajun's Captive (Stormy Weather) Selena Blake 10/21/11
Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple's Last Case (Miss Marple Mysteries) Agatha Christie 10/01/11
Nemesis Agatha Christie 09/20/11
The Balloon Man Charlotte MacLeod 09/11/11
Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate) Gail Carriger 09/07/11
At Bertram's Hotel (Miss Marple Mysteries) Agatha Christie 09/02/11
Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate) Gail Carriger 08/27/11
Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate) Gail Carriger 08/21/11
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer 08/19/11
Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) Gail Carriger 08/08/11
Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel Janet Evanovich 07/19/11
The Odd Job (Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries) Charlotte MacLeod 07/14/11
Labyrinth (Greywalker, Book 5) Kat Richardson 06/27/11
Vanished (Greywalker Series #4) Kat Richardson 06/22/11
The Resurrection Man (Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries) Charlotte MacLeod 06/05/11
The Search Nora Roberts 06/02/11
The Admiral's Bride Suzanne Brockmann 05/29/11
Baby Bonanza (Silhouette Desire) Maureen Child 05/27/11
The Gladstone Bag: A Sarah Kelling Mystery Charlotte MacLeod 05/27/11
His Last Bow; A Reminiscence of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 05/15/11
A Caribbean Mystery: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries) Agatha Christie 05/11/11
Indulgence in Death J.D. Robb 05/08/11
Fantasy in Death J.D. Robb 05/03/11
Silent in the Sanctuary: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery Deanna Raybourn 04/23/11
Silent in the Grave Deanna Raybourn 04/17/11
The Valley of Fear: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 04/09/11
Crime Scene At Caldwell Ranch B. J. Daniels 03/30/11
Silent On The Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Novel) Deanna Raybourn 03/27/11
Trey: Red, Hot & Blue, Book 1 Cat Johnson 03/26/11
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Mary Roach 03/15/11
Twice the Temptation Suzanne Enoch 03/08/11
The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant Dan Savage 03/07/11
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Atul Gawande 03/06/11
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void Mary Roach 02/23/11
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle 02/08/11
The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft Ulrich Boser 02/02/11
The Silver Ghost (A Sarah Kelling Mystery) Charlotte MacLeod 01/12/11

My favorite books of the year... I finished my Miss Marple re-read, which was satisfying and sad, at the same time. I also finished the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mysteries, by Charlotte Macleod, which were lovely. I need to find a new cozy mystery series to start in on. I loved the Parasol Protectorate books, and the Lady Julia Grey books.

I didn't read much non-fic this year, but what I did was excellent. The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers were all fab.
4th-Jan-2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
You read Checklist Manifesto! Yay! I'm so glad you liked it!

Hm, The Kid sounds intriguing (is that the Dan Savage book, or am I mixing it up with something else?)
4th-Jan-2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Gah, should read behind the cut before I comment :P Anyway, I might go pick that up :)
4th-Jan-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Hee. All good. :)

Checklist Manifesto was great - any recs for other good but straightforward nonfic like that?

And I loved The Kid, but it is unabashedly Dan Savage, who I love even though he is often an asshole, so be warned. However, it is also a very sweet book. The Commitment, about whether he should get married to his partner, came later and is a bit more mellow (well, for Savage, at least) and I highly recommend it.
5th-Jan-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
Alas, I don't have any other recs like that, unfortunately. The only other nonfic I've read in the last couple of years that I've really liked is Prime Obsession (Derbyshire), which is a good math/math-historical book about the Riemann hypothesis (if you're not into the actual math bits -- which I do think he does very well, but which can get to be a slog by the middle of the book -- every other chapter or so is entertaining/anecdotal math-historical and can be read without knowing any math), but it's certainly very different than Checklist.

...Yeah. Dan Savage, right. I can only take him in small doses, but I do like him in small doses, and I might be able to take a book if I went in bits and pieces.
6th-Jan-2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Have you read Louise Penny's Three Pines mystery series? The writing is weak, but the mysteries are fairly well set up & the series very much falls into the concept of "village cozy" (which is apparently a recognized subset of mystery, but I only learned this last week!)
6th-Jan-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
As long as they're not written in first person, I can deal with so-so writing for good plot and characters. :) I'll have to check them out!
6th-Jan-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
(How much do I love living in the future, when by "check out" I mean, go to Amazon and send a sample to my portable electronic device.)
9th-Jan-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
The future is a bright & wondrous thing! :)

You will want to read them in order. The first one is Still Life.
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