“When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.” ~ Clifton Fadiman.
For me, a year is incomplete without a new novel from Nelson DeMille, Jim Swain, John Katzenbach and James O. Born. I missed them and their wonderful lead characters. I trust that quartet will publish anew in 2012. Another wish is that Ken Follett write a book of more modest length.
“Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.” ~ Augustine Birrell.
While I certainly did not come close to reading even a small percentage of the new releases, I have my favorites. Whether or these are the best reads of 2011, I can’t say---they are the ones whose pages flew by the fastest for me.
Among my reads of 2011 were nine from Ross Macdonald as I attempt to learn, enjoy and profit from the pioneers of crime fiction.
“No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. ~ Ann Landers.
Here are my Sweet Sixteen Plus One…the fastest page-turners…the keepers that found a permanent place in my bookshelf. To all the authors…thank you for countless hours of pleasure…you sent me on many a great adventure in 2011.
“Never judge a book by its movie.” ~ J.W. Eagan.
Back of Beyond
William Kent Krueger
Portrait of a Spy
The Little Death
James W. Hall
The Fifth Witness
T. Jefferson Parker
“Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.” ~ Jeremy Collier.
And, remember, books provided instant replay way before televised sports.
What were some of your favorite reads of 2011?
So many books...so little time...read on in 2012.