The Sunday Salon – Best of 2011

While I don’t like to put these lists together until the actual year has ended, I will be taking some time off around the holidays so I thought I’d break with my tradition and name my favorites of 2011.

Let me explain how I picked these books, and no, not every one of these books is a 5 star book. I thought about going that route but decided instead to look at the list and see how I feel about the books now. Honestly, if I’m still thinking about, or recommending, a book six months later, obviously it was a good book for me regardless of how I rated it at the time I wrote the review. That seems arbitrary but it’s my list and I can make it however I want. The list is done by month and my favorite(s) of the year are at the end.

So here goes:


The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen



Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier



The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis



Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin



The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma



The Dark Enquiry by Deanne Raybourn

The Postmortal by Drew Magery



Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks by Juliet Eilpern



After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin



The Taker by Alma Katsu



A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman



A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss



11/22/63 by Stephen King


Did I have an overall favorite? Maybe. I loved several books on this list. I will re-read several books on this list. Can I say I had an absolute favorite in 2011? No, but I was able to narrow it to three books:

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

So, there you have it, my best reads of 2011. What books/authors were among your favorites this year?


6 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – Best of 2011

    • Thanks! The breakdown sort of just happened since I was going through the list by months but I liked it so went with it. Rebecca is worth the wait!

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