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Books of 2011 and 2012

A little late, but better than never: a review of 2011 in books!  Overall, I read fewer over the course of 2011 than in previous years, but I thoroughly enjoyed them all.  Here’s a quick look back (with links to my reviews, where available):

  1. The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer — my review
  2. Robert Enke. Ein allzu kurzes Leben, by Ronald Reng — my review
  3. Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness, by Tracy Kidder
  4. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande
  5. The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories, by Carson McCullers
  6. The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur, by Daoud Hari
  7. Sommerlügen, by Bernhard Schlink
  8. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami — my review

Five of those books were on my to-read list at the beginning of the year, so I’d say I didn’t do such a bad job!  But a few from last year’s to-read list will get transfered to my list for 2012, which includes:

  1. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami — currently reading
  2. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande — currently reading
  3. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
  4. Eine Frau in Berlin: Tagebuch-Aufzeichnungen vom 20. April bis 22. Juni 1945
  5. Pox: An American History, by Michael Willrich
  6. When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, by Gal Beckerman
  7. Bossypants, by Tina Fey

Do you have any must-read recommendations for me for the coming year?


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