, I said I was tempted to compile all the lists of lists of the best books of 2011
into one list, then sort it by popularity.
I couldn't resist! Here are the top 12 books of 2011, as determined by everyone in the English speaking universe. If you look at the list of lists put together by Random House, I used every list except those that were over 50 books (come on people, that isn't selecting anything!) or those that were genre-specific. Those that were broadly fiction or non-fiction were included.
A few comments on the list - quite a few of these are first novels. Harbach, Obreht, Wilson, Morgenstern, Waldman, and Russell; congratulations to those authors for really achieving something special. I just bought a copy of The Tiger's Wife at the Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC, and it is the #3 book of 2011.
||# of mentions
|Art of Fielding, The
|Marriage Plot, The
|Tiger's Wife, The
|State of Wonder
|Family Fang, The
|Night Circus, The
You can see the entire list I compiled here.
I have five of those purchased and waiting to be read.ReplyDelete
Fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to compile this meta-list. I loved reading Eugenides' latest over Thanksgiving.ReplyDelete
Jan - which 5?ReplyDelete
Carl - I haven't always enjoyed Eugenides, but the critics have spoken!
i read night circus, gave up on swamplandia, plan on reading 1q84 and the family fang, probably wont read the others and laments the fact that THE SISTERS BROTHERS by patrick dewitt isnt on this or many other lists. *sigh*ReplyDelete
Robyn, the deWitt made the list but only with 1 or 2 mentions. I far prefer Russell's short stories, but like that she is getting encouragement to keep writing!ReplyDelete
I didn't connect with some of my vacation reading stack so I'm getting the Family Fang at GPL next week.
You know, I've not read any of these :(ReplyDelete
The Night Circus is on my Christmas list though!