My Favorite Books of 2011

Here are my top ten favorite reads of 2011 (though not all of them were published this year.) As usual, choosing my top reads was an agonizing task full of much internal debate, additions, deletions, momentary decisions to expand the list beyond ten, or break it into categories. In the end, I decided that I simply had to pick my favorites–the books I gift often, I reread, or that have somehow changed my view of the world, or fiction, or both.

All of the books are either historical fiction or straddle time periods, and all are exquisite. I linked my reviews of the novels to their titles if you’d like more information about them.

Without further ado, and in no particular order…

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

A Good Hard Look, by Ann Napolitano

Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum

A Secret Kept, by Tatiana de Rosnay

Everything Beautiful Began After, by Simon Van Booy

Letters From Home, by Kristina McMorris

The Soldier’s Wife, by Margaret Leroy

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles

The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton

The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters

I’d love to hear if any of these novels made your top ten lists. If  not, tell me your favorite reads of 2011.

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11 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of 2011

  1. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes says:

    I haven’t read a one of these! Thanks for the recommendations.

  2. A few of these are already on my to-read list, thanks to your wonderful reviews throughout the year, Erika. Now that I know these are your favorites, I may just have to add them ALL. Thanks!

  3. Erika,
    Thank you for your list, as I always love the books you’ve recommended. I’m so glad you read and pass on the love of reading. You inspire so many. Adding a few of these that I haven’t read yet!
    Thank you!
    Jennifer

  4. Ninety percent of what I read this year was YA, so I missed most of the grown up books (with exception of The Help). I keep hearing about The Paris Wife so I’m sure I’ll read that when I take a break from YA and genre fiction. Whenver that is.

  5. Erika Robuck says:

    Jennifer–I have THE SHELL SEEKERS on my 2012 TBR list. I’m so glad you enjoyed Morton’s books. She’s fantastic!

  6. alison says:

    Kate Morton could write just one sentence and it’d be my favorite book of the year. Adding the rest to my Amazon wishlist! Thanks, Erika!

  7. Nina Badzin says:

    I always love seeing people’s lists! Thanks for sharing yours. Lots of historical fiction . . . will explore some for sure!

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