2011 – The Good, The Bad, and the UGH

I have been looking forward to doing this post for WEEKS!  Yes, I know it is a lot of work to go through everything I have posted in 2011, but as of late I have been thinking “Dang.  I have read some great books lately!”  That leaves me wondering about all the books I have read this year that I am not even recalling right now but truly probably need a SHOUT OUT as the best of the year….  I also… may occasionally label a bad post… or an UGH.  😛

Join me now as we jump on the internet express and go back back back to…. (all pics are clickable and lead back to the posts/reviews)

January 2011

Good:  Yes it was a COLD Minnesota January when I finally caved and allowed myself a listen of an audio about a dog.  I had no idea that choice would leave me raving the rest of the year about it!  😀

Good:  If Shiver was impressive, Linger was icing on the cake.  A worthy second to this trilogy and best book of January.

Best Meandering post(s) of January:

When reading Habits Just Get Embarrassing!

Good:  This is where you recommended to me GREAT audio!

February 2011

Good:  This is the audio that made me very impressed with Anita Shreve.  Best audio of February!

Good:  A Tiger in The Kitchen was such an EXCELLENT read!

Bad:  Pro?  Con?  Why or why not?

Morning Meanderings…. The New Classics (a list from Entertainment Weekly of what the new classics are)

March 2011

Good: I cant help it – if you are looking for good audio – look no further than the Harry Potter books narrated by Stephen  Fry or Jim Dale

Good: What started out as a review to cook by for a book (coming out this March 2012!) turned out to be a pretty delicious read as well.

Good:  Polar Plunge… this pic is before I hit the water….

Ugh:  Morning Meanderings…. BUSTED by the snoring husband

April 2011

Good:  Audio love – this one rocked and the movie did too!

Good:  I heard about it… I coveted it, and then I read it.  Just as good as I had hoped.  BEST of April!

Good:  What is your most treasured book?

Bad:  I don’t care what cha all think of her…. I just don’t like her.  😛

May 2011

Good:  Audio book for May…

Sadly (BAD) no book stood out for me to call best of May 2011….. (this was also probably the month I read the least)

Good:  Dinner with author Beth Hoffman (CeeCee Honeycutt) while in New York

Good: Reagan (Miss Remmer’s Reviews) and I run the Info booth at BEA…..

June 2011:

Fantastic audio!  I almost fell off the lawn mower laughing!

First book I read entirely on my NOOK and best read of June!

UGH:  2 weeks after I return from BEA I seriously wipe out on my bike

Good:  A week after the bike injury I take a girls road trip to Chicago with my peeps 😀

Good:  E Readers YAY or NAY discussion

A great book bloggers get together in New York for dinner!

Good:  Dinner with Adriana Trigianni in New York

Good:  Valued info I learned at the Book Blogger Con

Good and UGH:  The post where I made a you tube video of me being the Crocodile Hunter 😯

July 2011

Good:  Fantastic memoir audio about food and more food!

Bad:  And again… no book that stood out in July

Good:  Danielle wins my Harry Potter VLOG contest!

Good:  Warrior Dash!!!

Good:  Our book club chooses a new Queen

August 2011

Good:  If you loved the book… you will love love the audio!

Good:  Awesome read!

Good:  A week at AIDS camp

Bookies 10 year anniversary!!!!

September 2011

Good:  Awesome audio of the month!

Good:  This series is so fantastic I must insist you read it!

Good: The second in the series and just as fantastic as the first!

October 2011

Good:  Certainly you have heard of this one… on audio, read by Jim Dale?  Fantastic!

Good:  Incredible read

Bookies classic review night

Bad:  We had to put our puppy of 15 years down  😦

November 2011

Good:  This was so interesting!

Good: Rounding out the series nicely – I applaud Patrick Ness

This was such an amazing non fiction read!

December 2011

Good:  Audio at its best!!!!

This was not the best audio of the month, but if I had listened to this any other month it would have beat out the other audio.

Fantastic dystopia read!

Great discussion post

So in recap here are the books of the year:

and the audio:

and over all.. best of the best:

Do you have a “best of” for the year?  I would love to hear what it is!

45 Comments on “2011 – The Good, The Bad, and the UGH

  1. Wow – 1st I love how you did this post, looking back through every month. 2nd wow – the books! I’ve been meaning to get to The Chaos Walking series, and now I’m even more anxious to read it. 3rd Wow – that’s a serious wipeout on the bike – I’m a chicken, but other than riding on bike trails (luckily there are a few close by) and in duathlons/triathlons, I’m scared to ride on the road.

    • Tanya this was a lot of work but it was also fun to look back on the year… I had forgotten some of the things I had done and that made me smile 😀

  2. I would say the best books of 2011 for me were Divergent and The Help. I will be reading Cutting For Stone next year for my book discussion group and I need to get my hands on a copy of Bossypants.

    This was a fun post and I enjoyed looking back over your 2011 highlights.

    • Divergent is on the kitchen table here to start off my New Year with! 😀 Make the food in the book for Cutting For Stone – Dora Wor is delicious!

  3. Sheila, I always love reading your reviews and look forward to reading more of them in the coming year!! The books were great in the year in review!!!

  4. Great recap! I’m planning to get the Rob Lowe book from the library, and of course I agree about the Harry Potter audios (I listen to them constantly while cleaning – almost embarrassingly much).

  5. Tiger in the Kitchen looks really good – something I’d quite like I think! Ha, I watched 1 episode of True Blood (didn’t read any of the books) and I was bored lol.

  6. I like the way you did this recap….we like different books, but I enjoy how enthused you are about them! And who knows, maybe someday, I’ll enjoy some of them, too.

    Have a great 2012.

    • Laurel… I believe some day you will try one of my “gusher” books… AND I believe one day you will listen to audio and say “What was I waiting for? This is so AWESOME!!!” 😛

  7. Fantastic year in review, loved it and the pictures. I even remember some like you posted yesterday eg Prom dress in snow jump.

    You must go watch The Help now also. I look forward to reading MConnelly next year, that one is high on the list too. I have been putting off Hate List forever.

    Will do mine tomorrow I think if I have time.

  8. Thanks for the year in review Sheila! A couple of these were some of my favorites too. And a few of them are still on my must read list!

  9. I am going to have to think of a ‘best of’ post in the next couple of days!
    I LOVED this one.

  10. Wow, what an amazing Best Of post, Sheila! You always do things up big! I haven’t done my best of 2011 yet…there are still a few more days! Who knows? Maybe the book I’m reading now will turn out to be the best of the year…

    I gave my son the Chaos Walking trilogy for Christmas and gave my mother The Night Circus….both based in part on your recommendations, so thank you!


  11. Thanks for the look back at your year. Have been with you for the whole year, but good to look back.

    Wishing you health and happiness in 2012!


  12. I had posted my list last night and had the hardest time narrowing it down this year.

    I really want to read The Art of Racing in the Rain since I read Raven Stole The Moon last year and loved it. Cutting for Stone and Devile in the White City are both on my wishlist.

    I hope next year contines to bring you great books to read.

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  14. Excellent recap! My favorite was your Morning Meandering: Busted By The Snoring Husband, as it made me laugh just thinking about it! 🙂

  15. Thanks for the summary – I see some to add to my lists – especially Dystopias. 🙂

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