The Lit Bitch’s Year in Literature Wrap Up 2011

A Year in Literature Wrap Up–2011.

Here are my stats and a quick recap
  • 8 reading challenges entered
  • 6 challenges completed
  • 52 books read
  • 22,645 pages total

Want to see all the bitchin’ details about what I read this year? Click the ‘read more’ in this post to see the answers to all your favorite questions……. ūüôā

What was the best book you read this year?
What was the least favorite book you read this year?
What was the longest book you read?
Best new or indie writer you read this year?
Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
What book did you have high hopes for but it didn’t meet expectations?
Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Best series you discovered in 2011?
Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Book you most anticipated in 2011?
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
Most beautifully written book you read in 2011?
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?

Too many to list….all of my books have highlights and sticky notes designating all my fav quotes of the year from all my books but here are a few that just stand out to me….

Structural dissatisfaction: Returning to circumstances that once pleased you, after having experienced a more thrilling or opulent way of life, and finding that you can no longer tolerate them.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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Of course it isn’t these homely and accustomed ghosts that trouble sleep and curdle wakefulness. Look back, hold a torch to light the recesses of the dark. Listen to the footsteps that echo behind, when you walk alone. All the time the ghosts fit past and through us hiding in the future. We look in the mirror and see the shades of other faces looking back through the years; we see the shape of memory, standing solid in an empty doorway. By blood and by choice we make our ghosts; we haunt ourselves (137)

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

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 Time is a lot of the things people say that God is. There’s the always preexisting, and having no end…and time is of course, all healing. give anything enough time, and everything is taken care of: all pain encompasses, all hardship erased, all loss subsumed…and if time is anything akin to God, I suppose that memory must be the devil (2).

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

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¬†I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul…Since I knew you, I have been troubled by a remorse that I thought would never reproach me again, and have heard whispers from old voices impelling me upward, that I thought were silent forever. I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight. A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.‚ÄĚ

Originally from A Tale of Two Cities but I actually read it in Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
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I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I love her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.
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Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
Besides my own, what was my favorite reading challenged I entered this year?

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Challenge Recap

This year I entered 8 challenges including one that I hosted my self, The Outlander Reading Challenge.

Here is a quick list of the challenges that I entered and completed

Get Steampunked!The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

The Victorian Literature Reading Challenge (hosted by Subtle Melodrama). Goal: 15 books, Read: 6 books

  1. Wuthering Heights/ Emily Bronte
  2. Great Expectations/ Charles Dickens
  3. The Woman in White/ Wilkie Collins
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray/ Oscar Wilde
  5. Heart of Darkness/ Joseph Conrad
  6. A Christmas Carol/ Charles Dickens

The Gothic Literature Reading Challenge. Goal: 5 books, Read: 4 books.

  1. Wuthering Heights/Charlotte Bronte
  2. Great Expectations/ Charles Dickens
  3. The Woman in White/Wilkie Collins
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray/Oscar Wilde

The Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge. Goal: 1 book, Read: 1 book

  1. Sputnik Sweetheart/ Haruki Murakami

The Steampunk Reading Challenge hosted by (Bookish Ardour) Goal: 5 books, Read: 5 books

  1. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate Book 1)/ Gail Carriger
  2. Changeless(The Parasol Protectorate Book 2)/ Gail Carriger
  3. Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate Book 3)/ Gail Carriger
  4. Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate Book 4)/ Gail Carriger
  5. Clockwork Angel/Cassandra Clare

The Jewish Literature Challenge Goal: 1 book, Read: 1 book

  1. Sarah’s Key/ Tatiana de Rosnay

The Historic Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Historic Tapestry Goal: 2 books, Read: 2 books

  1. A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Series #1)/ Charles Finch
  2. The September Society (Charles Lenox Series #2)/ Charles Finch

The Outlander Reading Challenge hosted by The Lit Bitch Goal: 7 books, Read: 7 books

  1. Outlander
  2. Dragonfly in Amber
  3. Voyager
  4. Drums of Autumn
  5. The Fiery Cross
  6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  7. An Echo in the Bone

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge  hosted by The True Book Addict, Goal: 2 books, Read: 2 books

  1. The Mischief of the Mistletoe/ Lauren Willig
  2. A Christmas Carol/ Charles Dickens

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Books for Review Recap
Here is a list of all the books I read/reviewed this year (alpha order by title)
  1. A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch
  2. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
  3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  4. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  5. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Blameless by Gail Carriger
  7. Changeless by Gail Carriger
  8. City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare
  9. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
  10. City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare
  11. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  12. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  13. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
  14. Devoured by D. E. Meredith
  15. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  16. Emma by Jane Austen
  17. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
  18. Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
  19. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  20. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  22. Heartless by Gail Carriger
  23. Leaving Van Gogh by Carol Wallace
  24. Letters in Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin
  25. Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynne Shepherd
  26. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  27. Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
  28. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  29. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  30. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
  31. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  32. The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasumussen
  33. The Caldecott Chronicles No.1 by R.G. Bullet (Short Story)
  34. The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
  35. The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig
  36. The Devil’s Ribbon by D. E. Meredith
  37. The Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  38. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  39. The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch
  40. The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig
  41. The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
  42. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  43. The Rebel Wife by Taylor M Polites
  44. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
  45. The September Society by Charles Finch
  46. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
  47. The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart
  48. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
  49. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  50. Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen
  51. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  52. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
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