Best Books of the Year Lists

I am compiling the Best Books of 2011 list from various sources — mostly by using’s links to lists. At least 30 of the books are on at least 3 different lists, but I’ve only read 4 of them.

I looked back at the award lists — Man Booker, Orange Prize, National Book Award, Pulitzer and more — and I haven’t read very many of those either. Does that say more about me or about the award judges?

Maybe for this year’s challenge I’ll try to read more on some of these award lists. The Orange Prize — UK’s award for women writers — had Bel Canto and Poisonwood Bible as winners, so I might like some of theirs. Two of my favorite books, Empire Falls and Middlesex, won Pulitzers so that is another place to start.

Our book pot luck will be held on February 4 this year, so send in your suggestions by January 20 so I order copies of the books.

I will have read 108 books by the end of the year. 7 of them were nonfiction, so I still need to boost that category. The classic book I read was Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. I am sure I read it in high school, but that was quite a while ago. It is really well written. My favorite book was probably The Power of One (our February evening book discussion book.)