The 100 Books Project: 2011 Edition, Final Results!

As many of you who follow my blog know, I’ve been engaged in a project to read 100 books in one year. I’ve tried this project a few times, have never succeeded, and keep coming back for more. My best number so far is 77 books from January 1st to December 31st. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get there last year, but let’s have a look:

Books I’ve Read in 2011, In No Particular Order:
(but books I particularly enjoyed are in bold)

01. To The Other Shore: The Russian Jewish Intellectuals Who Came To America by Steven Cassedy
02. Big Trouble by Dave Barry
03. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
04. Alfred Hitchcock’s Tales of Terror edited by Eleanor Sullivan
05. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
06. Bright Shiny Morning by James Fray
07. The Best American Short Stories 2008 edited by Salman Rushdie
08. Dune by Frank Herbert
09. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
10. A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire
11. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
12. Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
13. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin
14. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood
15. Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker by “George Lucas”
16. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
17. Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book by Terry Jones
18. 100 Malicious Little Mysteries edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Joseph D. Olander
19. Variable Star by Robert H. Heinlein and Spider Robinson
20. The Story of D-Day: June 7, 1944 by Bruce Bliven, Jr.
21. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
22. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
23. Wisdom of the Mythtellers by Sean Kane
24. Jennifer Government by Max Barry
25. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
26. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
27. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
28. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
29. Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
30. Greek Tragedies Volume 3 edited by David Grene and Richamond Latimore
31. The Pleasure of my Company by Steve Martin
32. Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes by Louis Sacher
33. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
34. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
35. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
36. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
37. Goosebumps #30: It Came From Beneath the Sink! by R.L. Stine
38. Seven from the Stars by Marion Zimmer Bradley
39. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
40. A Very Short Introduction: Buddhism by Damien Keown
41. Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite
42. Resident Evil 0: Zero Hour by S.D. Perry
43. Resident Evil 1: The Umbrella Conspiracy by S.D. Perry
44. Resident Evil 2: Caliban Cove by S.D. Perry
45. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
46. The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
47. You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming
48. The Middle Stories by Shelia Heti
49. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
50. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
51. Mort by Terry Pratchett
52. Eric by Terry Pratchett
53. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
54. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
55. Harpy Thyme by Piers Anthony
56. The Giver by Lois Lowry
57. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
58. Silhouette in Scarlet by Elizabeth Peters
59. Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey
60. Very Bad Deaths by Spider Robinson
61. Sold Down the River by Barbara Hambly
62. Catopolis edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Janet Deaver-Pack

Sixty-two! Not the 78 I wanted as a minimum, but still not a bad showing at all! Which books will fill the 100 Books shelf this year? Have you read any of the books in last year’s list? Which have you enjoyed or disliked? What books do you suggest I tackle in 2012? Let’s talk books! I could talk about books all day.

I’d also like to thank Andy for subscribing to the blog! Welcome aboard! I’m looking forward to reading some of your posts as well!


  1. Bright Shiny Morning…. very good book but left me depressed as hell Keep reading and writing !! love you lots more than you realize! ❤

  2. 62 is good going! more than 1 per week – I’m doing the 50/50 challenge this year, 50 books and 50 films, I think I can manage 1 per week, any more might be struggle (except for those rare weeks where all we do is read! lol). I have to admit I haven’t read a single book on your list! :/

  3. I’ve been reading about 20 a year. Right now into post Roman Britain stuff, cusp of King Arthur era: Jack Whyte, Catherine Christian, etc. Have become a Linda Scotolini fan of recent.

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