The Reading List, 2011

Here is the list of books I read in 2011.  You can check out my top ten list here and my honorable mentions here.  I improved on my 2010 total but still fell far short of 100.  I will try again in 2012!

  1. Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, January 2
  2. The River War by Winston S. Churchill, January 5
  3. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, January 9
  4. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower, January 12
  5. Of the Conduct of the Understanding by John Locke, January 16
  6. Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse, January 22
  7. A Boy’s Will by Robert Frost, January 27
  8. Churchill: An Unruly Life by Norman Rose, February 1
  9. The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, February 9
  10. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, February 17
  11. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, February 20
  12. Human, All Too Human by Friedrich Nietzsche, February 22
  13. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre, February 25
  14. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, February 26
  15. Dialogue on Good, Evil, and the Existence of God by John Perry, March 2
  16. The New Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden, March 4
  17. Commentaries on the Gallic War by Julius Caesar, March 8
  18. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, March 12
  19. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, March 14
  20. Beneath the Wheel by Hermann Hesse, March 16
  21. The Godfather by Mario Puzo, March 17
  22. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, March 19
  23. Arguing About War by Michael Walzer, March 28
  24. Hamlet by William Shakespeare, March 30
  25. My African Journey by Winston S. Churchill, April 1
  26. The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche, April 8
  27. True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway, April 20
  28. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, April 22
  29. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, April 25
  30. The Sistine Secrets by Blech and Doliner, April 30
  31. Freedom or Death by Nikos Kazantzakis, May 11
  32. History of the Twentieth Century by Martin Gilbert, June 3
  33. An Incomplete Education by Judy Jones and William Wilson, June 11
  34. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, June 15
  35. Peter Camenzind by Hermann Hesse, June 17
  36. Samson Agonistes by John Milton, June 23
  37. Report to Greco by Nikos Kazantzakis, July 3
  38. Call For The Dead by John Le Carre, July 5
  39. A Murder of Quality by John Le Carre, July 6
  40. Henry VI, Part 1 by William Shakespeare, July 10
  41. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy, July 15
  42. Henry VI, Part 2 by William Shakespeare, July 16
  43. Tainted Breeze by Richard B. McCaslin, July 18
  44. Deliverance by James Dickey, July 21
  45. Knulp by Hermann Hesse, July 21
  46. The Story of the Malakand Field Force by Winston Churchill, July 25
  47. Horns by Joe Hill, July 26
  48. Henry VI, Part 3 by William Shakespeare, July 30
  49. Richard III by William Shakespeare, July 31
  50. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut, July 31
  51. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, August 8
  52. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, August 12
  53. Greek Lives by Plutarch, August 28
  54. The Madman by Kahlil Gibran, August 28
  55. Klingsor’s Last Summer by Hermann Hesse, September 5
  56. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard, September 18
  57. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre, September 25
  58. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, October 3
  59. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, October 4
  60. Walden by Henry David Thoreau, October 13
  61. Broken Wings by Kahlil Gibran, October 14
  62. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche, October 24
  63. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, October 25
  64. The World According to Garp by John Irving, October 30
  65. Gertrude by Hermann Hesse, November 8
  66. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, November 16
  67. On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche, November 30
  68. Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway, December 5
  69. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian, December 10
  70. Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian, December 14
  71. The Forerunner by Kahlil Gibran, December 16
  72. HMS Surprise by Patrick O’Brian, December 20
  73. The Road by Cormac McCarthy, December 22
  74. The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway, December 23
  75. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, December 25
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11 thoughts on “The Reading List, 2011”

  1. Good luck mate! I might try something similar, but with only about 26 books, that’s one per week.

  2. AReaderMyself said:

    Hi!

    Say, how fast do you read? I read A LOT myself, but not with the speed you seem to have acquired. Do you use some kind of speed-reading technique or something similiar?

    Regards,

    Mark

    • I read fairly quickly, but it really depends on subject matter. I can get through a novel quite quickly, but a more complex philosophical work will take me longer. This week has been a slow one, as I have been too busy to get into a good reading groove any day. I don’t consciously use any speed-reading techniques. I just seem to be able to read pretty fast. I have noticed that my reading speed has increased as I have attempted the 100 book challenge. The continual practice has definitely sharpened my ability. Thanks for asking!

  3. 100 books in one year, that’s quite a commitment! A few books I enjoyed this year were The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Count of Monte Cristo, A Dog’s Purpose by W.Bruce Cameron

  4. If you’re building a 2012 list you might find a site I’m making about Great Short Novels useful, as like you I want to read as widely as possible and though I also love big novels, the short ones are often both under-rated and an author’s best work. And they take less time to read!

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