I keep a reading diary of the books that I read each year. I have to write down each book and whether or not it was good. I also note if it is a library book (or borrowed) or my own. Last year was the first year I started reading digital books and this year I am reading digital almost exclusively. This year marked a big milestone to me....I turned 39 and finished my 39th time reading Gone with the Wind. 2011 was also the 75th anniversary of the publishing of this grand book.
Actually, I sort of did the GWTW thing all year. I reread Rhett Butler's people (which I really like) and Scarlett (which I am indifferent about) and spent a lot of time in the wizardly world.
Listed are my top ten books of 2011
1. Gone with the Wind ---I love spending time in the home of Miss O'Hara. I love her little mind and trying to figure out why she does the things she does. I love Rhett Butler. A man who is handsome, rough, tough, but has a genuine heart of gold. He won't let you know that he does though. I love Miss Melly, who gives and gives and gives and eventually she gives her life. Ashley, who is stupid and caught up in a world that doesn't exist but he won't move on until it is too late. Sue Ellen, who is selfish to the end, until Will shows up to save the day. Gerald...who poor guy can't live without Mrs. O'Hara. I adore Pittypat, who is an airhead if I ever saw one. Mrs. Tarelton...who is bold, daring, chooses horses over her boys, but it a good woman deep inside. Mammy, who I wish I could take home. A true loving soul, who was under appreciated, who was the most wise character in the book. Who gave all....and then some. Scarlett did not deserve her love. Rhett earned it! Just bought my 3rd copy. the other 2 have fallen apart.
2. Song of the Siren- I read this book at least twice every year. The magnificent Carlotta Main, spoiled, loved, adored and extremely selfish. She was born under very strange circumstances and had a surprise when she was older...a surprise about her birth. She runs away with a Jesuit and marries another man. A wonderful man who did not deserve the things she did to him. Oh but Carlotta got hers in the end. Thank goodness for her dear sister Darmaris who ends up saving EVERYONE! I have been through 4 copies of this book.
5. Deathly Hallows- I read this book in preparation of the movie. I read it for the first time last year...very quickly and I was sure I missed something. I did miss a bit, but only small pieces. I will read it again this year. I do think it is the best of the series.
6. Travels in Alaska -I have read this every year since 2008, the first year that I went to Alaska. I find that when I read this book, I go back to Alaska...but back with John Muir. In a time that life was simpler and the country was pure and unchemicaled. John paints a lovely picture of exactly what Alaska looks like. I feel I am in that canoe, on that glacier or casing Stika right along side him. You can also feel how close John was to God. His faith was strong and that faith flows through you while you are traveling with him.
7. A funny thing happened on the way to the future-a very short read by Michael J Fox. This book tends to be about education. And his lack thereof....a very nice, very fast read (about 1 hour)
8. Breaking Dawn-had to read this again in preparation of the movie. I still find portions of this UGLY. Stephanie Meyer sucks me into her vampire world and I cannot get out. I adore this series.
9. The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe-a nice little world that begins in a closet. I enjoyed this, but had much trouble reading the second one. I will try again one day, just not anytime soon.
10. The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud-I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Finally saw the movie and the movie is NOWHERE as good. Read this book.