Here are my favorite fictional books from 2011, as part of my series, “The Year of Books.”
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
I loved pretty much everything about this book, even the thread of sadness running through it. I especially loved the very last thing that happened in the book. Make sure to read Bean Trees first. (I didn’t know they were a series so luckily I read them in the correct order!)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
I really enjoyed just about everything about this book – but particularly the setting (post-WWII England) and the immensely entertaining characters.
Light from Heaven by Jan Karon
This is the ninth and final book in the Mitford Series. I reread these books every few years. I reread all nine books in 2011 and this one is by far my favorite. It “preached me a sermon” – a pretty good one.
In addition, I enjoyed the following fiction in 2011:
Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
many books (15-20?) by Alexander McCall Smith: I read most of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and the entire Sunday Philosophy Club series. I particularly love the philosophical discussions in the Sunday Philosophy books.
Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott (a reread)
Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White (a reread)
A Good Year by Peter Mayle
a few by Maeve Binchy, including my two favorites: Evening Class and Minding Frankie
Animals Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (a reread)
The Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill (this was the 20th millionth time (or so!) that I had read this book and I still love it)