I don't think I read as many classics this year. I think I started taking mysteries to a whole new level. It was varied and enjoyable. All and all, it was a great year on my shelves.
Top Five Reads of 2011
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
I never did get around to writing a review for this (for shame!) because I remember it was shortly after the haze of dental surgery. But I do know that I COULD NOT put this one down. It also lead me to pick up The Woman in White because Setterfield does more than drop a reference or two.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
I hosted a little read-along last year with the help of Brenna at literary musings. Great pick and very happy that so many participated. We're already considering hosting another in 2012.
Tana French series:
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Yep, I finally got around to reading it. And I loved the characters and the suspense (ok, so it wasn't so much the suspense).
The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
This was certainly a strange read. It was slow going down and the content was usually quite grim. However, I really loved the landscape and the perspective of a child witnessing the Salem witch trials without the theatrics you often find in books on this subject. It really seemed like a more accurate representation of the individuals involved in this horrific event. Again, another I didn't manage to blog about, but one that I still remember reading like it was yesterday.
Oddly enough, many of these were on my mid-year review.
Hope everyone has very safe and happy New Year celebrations!