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My Top Ten Books for 2011

Updated on November 23, 2014
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Books I Enjoyed in 2011

2011 started out to be a great year for reading. I received a Kindle for Christmas and that opened a whole new realm of reading for me. I still read books in the paper format but having a Kindle makes it easy for me to always have a book available, and I find myself reading more then ever before.

It is now the 1st of August so this lens will highlight the top ten books that I enjoyed during the first months of 2011.

photo by Mary Beth Granger

One Summer - David Balducci

David Balducci is one of my favorite authors. He usually writes spy-type mysteries but this book is very different from these books. This book is great book for light summer reading. It combines romance and family relationships into a book that I could not put down.

I am a real lighthouse enthusiast, so the inclusion of a lighthouse in the novel made it even better reading for me.

Invisible-Ivy Malone Mystery - Lorena McCourtney

I downloaded this book to my Kindle after it was recommended by lensmaster Joan4. It is a delightful mystery and now I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

10th Anniversary - James Patterson

This is the latest book in a series called the Womens Murder Mystery Club. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and always look forward to reading the latest book.

Heat Wave - Richard Castle

If you enjoy watching Castle on TV you will enjoy this series of books based on the TV show. A light cop mystery, I found this a good summer read.

Looking Glass - Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans writes inspirational novels with a message. I always enjoy reading his books.

Favorite Books - what type of books do you enjoy?

I enjoy reading all types of books, but if I had to pick what I'd like to read the most it would have to be mysteries. I like the challenge of trying to figure out the ending. I'm always up for a good mystery.

What types of books do you enjoy reading most?

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Amazon Kindle - read everywhere

I absolutely love my Kindle. It is small and I can carry it with me everywhere. I keep lots of books on it just waiting for me to read. I also keep a notepad function on the Kindle to use to take notes at places like book club or the doctors office.

I have always loved to read and at first I resisted the thought of an electronic reader....but I am quick to admit I was wrong...I love everything about my Kindle. I still read traditional books at times but I love the flexibility that the Kindle offers to read books anywhere and at anytime. It is especially good when sitting outside in the bright sunlight...very easy to read. I also like the feature of being able to adjust the print size.

Elizabeth Street - historical fiction

This work of historical fiction is based on the true stories of the authors grandparents and great grandparents. You follow them as they come to New York city from Italy and face the challenges of immigrants in a new country. A very compelling read and a great book for a book club discussion.

eye of the god - Ariel Allison

This was a great thriller about a group of jewel thieves who try to steal the Hope diamond from the Smithsonian and the life of the woman who stands in their way. A real page turner.

Danielle Steel - light romance book

When I am looking for a light fast read I turn to Danielle Steel. Her latest novel involves turning point birthdays of three of the main characters. Turning 60, 50, and 30 brings some new adventures for each of these delightful characters. I enjoyed reading this light romance.

These High Green Hills - Jan Karon

This book is #3 in Jan Karon's Mitford series. It is a delightful tale of a minister in small town America.

Mary Higgins Clark - I'll Walk Alone

Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors. I look for her books as soon as they come out. She has written more than 25 thrilling suspense novels plus several delightful Christmas tales that she has co-authored with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark.

This book was another thriller where the main character finds out that someone is impersonating her and stealing her idenity.

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    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      albert brooks' "2030" was pretty entertaining for the beach.

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      7 years ago

      John Sandford is one of my favs. Congrats on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      I always love Nicholas Sparks novels... Even though most of it ends with a tragedy. It can still give anybody a shred of inspiration to go on with their lives... even though you are so broke..

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      7 years ago

      I just got done reading Get Rich Click by Marc Ostrofsky. It was a very informative book on internet/affiliate marketing. I think reading this book is how I found Squidoo.

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      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Books I've read this year? Too many to mention - several Baldacci in there - excellent writer indeed.

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      No kindle, yet, in my life, either. Maybe one day, but many of you on Squidoo know how I feel about real paper books, don't you? Congrats on LOTD.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Oh, wait! How did I totally miss you got LOTD! Congratulations!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      LOL! I am still living in the dark ages. I don't have a Kindle, yet :) I love the book recommendations. I have read the Mitford series books and enjoyed them. I must admit, the title "I'll Walk Alone" intrigues me greatly. I will have to buy it in hard copy though.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on Lot D.

      I just finished reading, Memoirs of a Geisha --- totally awesome book.

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      NAIZA LM 

      7 years ago

      I have a couple of books to be read this year but haven't halfway through yet. I enjoyed reading your suggested book list here. Congrats on your LOTD as well. :)

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      Showpup LM 

      7 years ago

      I started reading a book by Meljean Brook that our son left lay on my desk yesterday called Demon Blood. I was shocked that I had a hard time putting it down.

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      7 years ago

      A very well derserved LOTD

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      rewards4life info 

      7 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! Well deserved!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendations.

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      7 years ago

      good lens. congratualations

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      7 years ago

      LOVE that books mug!

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      7 years ago

      Two of the most highly anticipated books of 2011 are The Painted Caves (the last installment of Jean Auel's Children of the Earth/Clan of the Cave Bear series) and Inheritance (the last installment of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance/Eragon cycle).

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! I just finished reading Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva. Excellent as usual from him. Thanks for sharing your recommendations. I enjoy David Baldacci and James Patterson.

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      7 years ago

      nice lens, Congratulations on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      I am finishing reading Freakonomics. I guess I am a bit late in my reading, since this was popular long ago. I hear there is a movie coming out for this.

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      7 years ago

      i love young adult books, just read Divergent by Veronica Roth. Loved it. Also read The Help and I really enjoyed that one too!

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      7 years ago

      A friend self published her first book am pleased for her she has a good few reviews on Amazon.Thank you for a interesting lens.

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      7 years ago

      Great recommendations. I read The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander this year. Don't be fooled by the cover. it's not just a children's book. Any one can enjoy it.

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      7 years ago

      congratulations on featured lens!

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      7 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LOTD! I used to read fiction all the time. I would love to pick up a new Mary Higgins Clark novel.

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      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading a few Daniel Steel books, My husband is crazy about Mary Higgins Clark and we are currently reading, The Help. A powerful book. congratulations on LOTD! Great job.

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      7 years ago

      Just finished reading the Help--- great book, and highly recommended. Another great one I just finished is Secret Daughter. Cheers, thank you for the recommendations.

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      7 years ago

      Currently reading "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Teri Hansen 

      7 years ago

      I see one of my favorite authors, jan karon. I read her mitford series several years ago but just finished last month 'Home to Holly Springs'. Good read. Thx for sharing and congrats on LOTD!

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      7 years ago

      I read Cell by Stephen King, story of the world gone mad from a hypnotic suggestion relayed by cell phones to all that own one. Congrats on LotD, very well done. See you around the galaxy...

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      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I recently read a great book all about the lead up to Martin Luther King's murder and the tracking of his killer following the assassination. It is called Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides. Well worth the read I reckon. Well done on LOTD! :-)

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      7 years ago from Benson, IL

      Congrats on LOTD! I'm a pretty big reader and one book I read this year that really stands out is called "Gift of Life" by Henri Landwirth. It's an inspirational true story of how one Holocaust survivor came to America, became successful in the hotel business, and founded a series of non-profits like Give Kids the World and Dignity U Wear.

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      7 years ago

      My favorite this summer is probably The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a historical novel by David Mitchell.

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      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Besides some how-to books and mindless rock star bios, I haven't read anything much this year. Thanks for the suggestions. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      I've read some of thes, and see a few I'd like to read. My favorite book that I've read this year is A Dog's Purpose by Bruce Cameron. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      7 years ago

      Elisabeth Street is the top!

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      7 years ago

      Although I must admit none of these would have ended up on my reading list, I do love a good sit down with other book lovers to discuss them. Thanks for sharing your picks with us. I'm not sure I'll go to the Kindle/electronic book devices just yet. I do love the feel of paper in my hands.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      7 years ago from Keller, Texas

      You have made me want to read the whole list. I love MHC too, have every one of her books in hard cover. Thanks for getting me excited about reading this fall!

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I haven't read any of these yet so it looks like I have some work to do :)

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      7 years ago

      Oh, sorry! I got so carried away about my favorite book of the year, that I forgot to Congratulate you on your well-deserved LOTD! Several of these were already on my list, and I've added a couple more.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I just read "Saturday" by Ian McEwan. I wasn't sure what to expect - I mean after reading "Atonement" I couldn't believe he could write anything as good! But I have to say "Saturday" was a compelling read, and very well written.

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      7 years ago

      Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. It's the kind of epic historical novel I love, full of characters you take to heart, whose lives and sometimes fates are intertwined. It centers upon five very different families during World War I, and how world events shaped their individual worlds. Best of all, it's the first of a trilogy--two more to come! Woo-hoo!

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      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I read The Help earlier this year. It's a thoroughly interesting and compelling read, and I've heard the movie does it justice as best a movie can. I'd totally recommend it.

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      7 years ago

      Excellent lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      My most recent favorite, which has been named a best book of 2011 by the Amazon editors, is Lost In Shangri-La (you may be interested in my Squidoo lens review of it). Great book. Congrats on LotD!

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      7 years ago from Sweden

      The Angels game by Zafon for the moment. I even made a lens about this book =D

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      I'm usually reading 4 or 5 at a time, but usually only one is fiction or memoir at any one point. I read Glass Castles recently, and loved it.

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      7 years ago

      great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      Maritimer LM 

      7 years ago

      I'm reading - It - a horror novel by American author Stephen King. I have to keep all the lights on when reading this book!

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've enjoyed the special summer reading sales on Kindle books recently. Love my Kindle, too! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      7 years ago

      I seldom read due to my work, but i guess I must still put in some effort in reading. There are more treasures in the books than in the chest.

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      7 years ago

      I am reading some things about personal and spiritual development, because I am preparing a seminar. I have so much fun.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      7 years ago

      Fun lens! This was very helpful. I may have to check some of these out!

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      7 years ago

      I am hooked on George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series recently and I am just on the second book. I will go back to your list once I'm done with all of the four books. :)

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      7 years ago

      I do find that I am actually reading more this year, now that I have an iPad. One of my favorites has been "Saved by a Poem" by Kim Rosen. Thanks for sharing your list and congrats on LOTD. Nice to see book lists recognized. Blessed.

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      Pete Schultz 

      7 years ago

      congrats on LOTD, very brief reviews...but enough to encourage me to read a few different things and encourage me to join the modern age and go kindle.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of The Day.

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      Nice list... gave me a few to look for. This year I really enjoyed 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand', 'A Dog's Purpose' and Donna Leon's 'Drawing Conclusions'.. at the moment I'm slogging through 'Cleopatra'.

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      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      I just inherited my sister's "old" Kindle. I didn't realize how much I would like it. I'm the type of person who buys books at garage sales and But the Kindle has been great for the summer book club I've been running for 12-year-olds. You can store notes, highlight stuff, and look up vocab words. It's great. And I love your lens. Great job.

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      7 years ago

      Nice selection. I haven't actually read any of these, but I've read some of these authors. I might look into a couple of them.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Nancy Hardin: I have Winter Garden on my shelf ready to read. Hope to get to it as soon as I finish the book I'm reading for book club.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah, a novel about a family's survival during the Germany Siege of Leningrad. It was a heartbreaking story that brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I want to read Heat Wave. Love Castle!!

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      7 years ago

      Oh I am so delighted you liked Ivy Malone! I just wish there were more books in that series. I miss her! I totally enjoyed your book list. We read many of the same books. I love my Kindle too and will look forward to more recommendations from you. My favorite 3 books this year are Beach Trees, Time is a River and On Folly Beach. Blessed by this Squid Angel!


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