“Book Resources” Page

I finally added content to my “Book Resources” page. On this page of my blog you will find a list of websites for free online books; social networks dedicated to book lovers; online retail and independent bookstores and booksellers featuring new, used, rare, out-of-print, signed, first editions, autographs, manuscripts, maps, atlases, and periodicals; book search sites where you can search and compare new and used book prices among various bookstores and sellers; bookseller associations; informative book collecting sites; and a couple of other interesting sites including one dedicated to bookstores and literary destinations throughout the world.

By no means is my list comprehensive. Please let me know if you have any interesting book-related sites you would like to share.

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2011 Reading Round-Up

I read a total of 88 books this year – that’s more than a book a week! I knew I read an enormous amount, but I didn’t think it was close to 100 books. There was a period of about a month or two when I couldn’t read anything due to a professional setback.

Some of the stand out titles that I really enjoyed include: The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, The Jungle  by Upton Sinclair, Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene, The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood,  Why the Tree Loves the Ax by Jim Lewis, The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch, The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard, Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson,  In America by Susan Sontag, The Bride Who Ran Away by Diana O’Hehir, and All Things Bright and Beautiful  by James Herriot.

Of course there were a few books that I found disappointing, boring, pretentious, long-winded, didn’t live up to their hype, couldn’t get into, and couldn’t wait to finish. I won’t mention those because I respect the authors too much.

I don’t know if I will read the same amount in 2012, but because I love to read more than anything else in the world, it’s a distinct possibility.

So without further ado, here’s the list of books I read in 2011:

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt

Indian Summer by John Knowles

The Songcatcher by Sharyn McCrumb

September by Rosemunde Pilcher

And the Ladies of the Club by Helen Hoover Santmeyer

Ohio Town by Helen Hoover Santmeyer

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

The Writing Class by Jincy Willett

First Encounters. A Book of Memorable Meetings by Nancy Caldwell Sorel and Edward Sorel

The Matisse Stories by A. S. Byatt

The 1890’s Album

Grandma Trolley’s Old Fashioned

Girl in the Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Irrawaddy Tango by Wendy Law-Yone

The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer

The Spanglers by Henry Castor

A Smattering of Ignorance by Oscar Levant

Sunday Nights at Seven: The Jack Benny Story by Jack and Joan Benny

Much Ado About Me by Fred Allen

Go to the Window-Maker by James Jones

The Lost First Edition of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene

The Captain and the Enemy by Graham Greene

Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene

Fighting Angel: Portrait of a Soul by Pearl S. Buck

Dewey. The Small Town Cat That Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

The Nag by Mendele Mocher Sforim. Translated from the Yiddish by Moshe Spiegel.

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

For Us the Living by Bruce Livingston

Love by Toni Morrison

All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot

An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel

The Land Breakers by John Ehle

They Shall Inherit the Earth by Morley Callaghan

The Captive and the Free by Joyce Cary

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

Falling Through Space: The Journals of Ellen Gilchrist by Ellen Gilchrist

Alone by David Small

Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend by Robert James Waller

Every Living Thing by James Herriot

The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot

All Creatures Great and Small   by James Herriot

All Things Wise and Wonderful   by James Herriot

Papa. An Intimate Biography of Mark Twain by his thirteen-year old daughter Susy – Charles Neider, editor.

The Atheist’s Mass by Honore de Balzac

Boule De Suif by Guy de Maupassant

The Pleasures and Pains of Opium by Thomas De Quincey

The Gentle Spirit by Fyodor  Dostoyevsky

A Simple Heart by- Gustave Flaubert

The Judgement and In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

Casanova in Love by Andrew Miller

How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto

As Far as Yesterday. Memories and Reflections by Edward Wagenknecht

Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee

The Red Hat by John Bayley

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Why the Tree Loves the Ax by Jim Lewis

Dancing at the Harvest Moon by K. C. McKinnon

The Book of Stillmeadow by Gladys Taber

Cast Upon the Breakers by Horatio Alger, Jr.

The House of Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories by Yasunari Kawabata

Off Keck Road by Mona Simpson

The Gates of Paradise by Gwyneth Cravens

How Stella Got Her Groove Backby Terry McMillan

Zorro by Isabel Allende

A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan

Olivia (Or, the Weight of the Past) by Judith Rossner

To Sargasso Sea by William McPherson

Straight Into Darkness by Faye Kellerman

East of the Mountains by David Guterson

Old Songs in a New Cafe. Selected Essays by Robert James Waller

A Thousand Country Roads by Robert James Waller

The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch

The Scapegoat by Mary Lee Settle

The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard

Eagle’s Cry by David Nevin

Savannah or A Gift for Mr. Lincoln by John Jakes

Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson

Pictures in My Head by Gabriel Byrne

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

In America by Susan Sontag

Blue Dog, Green River by Brock Brower

The Bride Who Ran Away by Diana O’Hehir

The House on Jefferson Street.  A Cycle of Memories by Horace Gregory

How many books did you read this year? Any of your favorite reads on my list?


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