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.