Books I Enjoyed Reading in 2011

Every year I try to read at least 100 books and I met that goal in 2011, so.... congratulations self. If that figure seems really high to you, it's actually a little less extreme than you think because a lot of those books were readable within an hour or less (children's chapter books / plays) or readable within an evening (books of essays & the such like Bossypants). But, still - it's a lot. There are few things I enjoy more than reading so I've always made an effort to make time to do so in my life - no matter how busy I may be. Also - I've always read really speedily.

I'm not calling this list the "Best Books of 2011" because I don't like calling anything the best, plus - only a few of these books were actually published in 2011. This is just a simple list of some of the books I read this year that I enjoyed reading the most, presented to you in case you wish to read some of them. Ta dah.

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (along with A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons)
Mr. Stink by David Walliams
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton / Room by Emma Donoghue / Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Bossypants by Tina Fey / Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane (and all the other Kenzie/Gennaro books) / We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver / The Second City Unscripted by Mike Thomas
Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
Moominvalley in November by Tove Jansson
Samuel Blink and the Runaway Troll by Matt Haig / The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale / A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
The Group by Mary McCarthy / The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham / On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott / Fingersmith by Sarah Waters / The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
One Day by David Nicholls / We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson / Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
The Magicians and The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom / Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons / The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (plus Nemesis and The Devil's Star, PLUS - speaking of crime fiction set in European countries, I read all the Stieg Larsson books)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale / French Milk by Lucy Knisley / Nathaniel Fludd: Beastologist - The Wyverns' Treasure by R.L. LaFevers