2011

Of 46 books in total, I read:
22 Fiction / 24 Non Fiction
21 Novels / 1 Short Story collection
10 Memoirs

By decade of initial publication:
1950s – 2
1960s – 1
1970s – 3
1980s – 5
1990s – 10
2000s – 20
2010s – 5

By gender:
33 Men / 12 Women

By country of origin:
Canada – 18
US – 20
UK – 5
Other – 3

January

  • John Heileman and Mark Halperin, Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (2010)
  • John le Carre, The Honourable Schoolboy (1977)
  • Ian Fleming, Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
  • Elizabeth Hay, A Student of Weather (2000)
  • Joan Didion, Miami (1987)

 February

  • Tom Zytaruk, Like A Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story (2008)
  • Artyom Borovik, The Hidden War: A Russian Journalist’s Account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan(1990)
  • Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang, The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (2007)
  • Russell Smith, Girl Crazy (2010)

March

  • VS Naipaul, In A Free State (1971)
  • Paul Auster, Moon Palace (1989)
  • Preston Manning, Think Big: My Adventures in Life and Democracy (2002)

April

  • Trevor Harrison, Requiem For A Lightweight: Stockwell Day and the Rise of Image Politics (2002)
  • Susan Delacourt, Juggernaut: Paul Martin’s Campaign for Jean Chretien’s Crown (2004)
  • Paul Wells, Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper’s New Conservatives  (2006)

May

  • John McPhee, Oranges (1967)
  • Paul Auster, Man In The Dark (2008)
  • Bret Easton Ellis, The Rules Of Attraction (1987)
  • Joseph O’Neill, Netherland (2008)
  • Kenneth J Harvey, Inside (2007)
  • Patricia Highsmith, Strangers On A Train (1950)

June

  • John le Carre, Smiley’s People (1979)
  • Daniel Gawthrop, The Rice Queen Diaries: A Memoir (2005)
  • Karen Connelly, Burmese Lessons: A Love Story (2009)
  • Henning Mankell, The White Lioness (1993)
  • Lucy Grealy, Autobiography Of A Face (1994)

July

  • Andrew Young, The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’ Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal that Brought Him Down (2010)
  • Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City (1984)
  • Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists (2010)
  • Elizabeth Royte, Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle over America’s Drinking Water (2008)

August

  • Donna Tartt, The Secret History (1992)
  • Lance Berelowitz, Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination (2005)
  • Douglas Coupland, City of Glass: Douglas Coupland’s Vancouver (2000)
  • Mike Harcourt and Ken Cameron with Sean Rossiter, City Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions that Saved Vancouver (2007)
  • William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)

 September

  • Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (1990)
  • Timothy Garton Ash, The File: A Personal History (1997)

October

  • Victor Sebestyen, Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire (2009)
  • Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (1992)
  • Laurie Lico Albanese, Blue Suburbia: Almost a Memoir (2004)
  • Diane Schoemperlen, The Language of Love (1994)

 November

  • Edmund White, City Boy: New York in the 60s and 70s (2009)
  • Paul Auster, Invisible (2009)

December

  • Kristin Hersh, Rat Girl (2010)
  • Alan Furst, Dark Star (1991)
  • Alice Munro, The Love of A Good Woman (1998)

The best books I read this year:

  • Paul Auster, Moon Palace (1989)
  • John McPhee, Oranges (1967)
  • John le Carre, Smiley’s People (1979)
  • Donna Tartt, The Secret History (1992)
  • Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (1990)
  • Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (1992)
  • Diane Schoemperlen, The Language of Love (1994)
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