Ti’s Top 5 Books of 2011

This has been a great year of reading for me. I’ve been touched by books in numerous ways but when the end of the year comes along, I find myself overly choosy over which ones make my “top” list. This  year, I am only sharing five. These stories are still floating around in my head and they were all read in 2011.

Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

I apologize for making this so brief, but my Mac died!! I have another laptop in the house, The Boy’s, but he grumbles every time I get on it. Right now I am at The Hub’s office, using this computer from 1990 and I swear it’s running IE 1.0 (or something close to it).

Happy New Year!! Happy Reading!

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35 Responses

  1. I agree with you about 1Q84. Your other titles I’ve put on my TBR list for 2012!

  2. I will be reading Safr From the Sea in 2012… Must refresh my memory about the other ones you listed except for 1Q84…I’m afraid that one may be too much for me! Hope your Mac is salvageable !

    Happy New Year, Ti!

    • I went back and looked at the other titles…I remember them now and noticed that I added them to my TBR list on Goodreads. Titles I have a hard time with but as soon as I saw the covers I remembered each one except for Lamb, which I missed reading your post!

  3. What a shocker that Murakami made your list! LOL

  4. I have one of those on my TBR list for 2012. Can you guess which one? ;)

  5. Can I say great list if I haven’t read any of your top books? Great list!

    I also struggled to come up with a top list – if I’m going to pick a favorite… it was probably Jerusalem Maiden.

    Sorry to hear about your laptop. I’m using my work laptop mostly these days… something I try not to do (for work/life balance reasons). I work way too many hours and having the laptop near me all the time, it’s too easy to answer email.

    Have a wonderful New Years!

  6. I just bought IQ84, and now I just need to find the time to read it! Your list, though brief, seems to have some wonderful books on it. I hope that the new year brings many great reads for you as well.

    Happy New Year, Ti!

  7. I haven’t read any of them but do own two. Sorry about your computer – what a pain! Happy New Year!

  8. Hope the Mac is repairable! Or that you get a new one soon!

  9. Sorry to hear about your computer :(

    I LOVED Safe from the Sea (made my list last year). The others I have yet to read. I am a bit nervous to try the Murakami…but I just might have to give it a shot. Annabel and Lamb are on my must read stacks…the Peter Bognanni book is new to me…will have to check it out!

  10. I had a feeling Murakami would make the list… :)
    Happy new year.

  11. it was a Murakami year for you! I would agree with The House of Tomorrow…it rocked my world. I’m quite sad to hear about your Mac. Especially since I have a newborn baby Mac right here in front of me. I hope it is repairable!

  12. Thanks for sharing your favorites Ti. I haven’t read any of these myself!

  13. I haven’t read any of your top books…yet! I have 1Q84 and will read it soon – my husband is reading it now, and I just bough Safe from the Sea and The House of Tomorrow, both of which were on my wishlist thanks to you!
    So sorry that your computer died but that means you get a new one I hope!
    Enjoy your New Years Eve, Ti!

  14. Omg…love your list…saddened over your Mac…

    Happy New Year!!!

  15. Ack!! Sorry to hear about your Mac!!!

    I’m surprised your entire list isn’t Murakami books!

  16. I’m adding Safe from the Sea to my WishList…not sure how I missed that one…hope you get your computer back up and running soon! Happy New Year!

  17. So sorry to hear of your computer–hope a new one is on it’s way to you soon. You read so many deep heavy books it seems this year, and I don’t know how you do it! I need lighthearted once in a while. :)
    I hope 2012 is good to –and I seen you Happy New Year wishes to you and yours.
    *smiles*

  18. Happy New Year Ti!

  19. I have not read any of these but I’m going to go back and check them all out. IQ84 may not be for me but the others are intriguing to me! Good luck with your Mac! Happy New Year!!

  20. Oh no, sorry about your MAC. I like House of Tomorrow, and look forward to Safe From the Sea and 1Q84.

  21. Almost forgot! Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you.

  22. Wow, that’s awesome that you were able to narrow it down to 5, LOL! I am really considering reading 1Q84… we’ll see, but a Murakami for sure.

  23. I have not read any of the books on your list but I picked up 1Q84 from the library as your recommendation for Murakami books has intrigued me. I also have Lamb on my Kindle TBR. Hoping that your Mac is able to be repaired and you will be back online soon. Happy New Year!!

  24. Shortlisting top 5 is not easy! At least the death of your Mac makes you do it! Happy New Year Ti!

  25. I have The House of Tomorrow on my wish-list ever since I read your review. Happy New Year Ti!

    • Happy New Year!! My computer died in a big way so I am not able to comment often until I figure it out, but I AM reading from my phone!

  26. IE makes me itch, gah! So glad to see House of Tomorrow on your list – I just bought that one recently.

  27. I hope you have a great new year. I had the same problem…my MAC died too…this past week. I loved Safe From the Sea when I read it a year ago….I’m so glad it is on your list.

  28. Sorry to hear about your computer! Glad to see Safe From the Sea on your list. I really need to read that one.

  29. My daughter wants the book “Annabel” I am glad to see that it made it to your top 5!

  30. This is so helpful!

  31. Oh goodness, I’ve forgotten about Safe from the Sea. MIght have to bump that one up.
    Happy New Year!

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