Looking back over a year, critics always offer their best-lists. When I think back over 2011, I enjoy remembering what books I read that really affected me. Here is my list, though many of them were written before 2011. Still, they are so worthy:
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Freedom, by Francens
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Skloot
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Smith
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Jellicoe Road by Melinda Marchetta
Marcelo in the Real World, by Storke
Moon Over Manifest, by Vanderpool
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Kelly
Papa Papa by Margollo
Daddy’s Lullaby by Bradman
Baby Danced the Polka, Beaumont
In so many of these books, the language is luscious and so fresh. And the endings are often very special, particularly in the book by McCann, Let the Great World Spin, a line from an Alfred Lord Tennyson poem I want to read. My husband and I talked about writing an article simply on wonderful endings of books.
And Arnold Lobel’s poem comes to mind from his book, Whiskers and Rhymes:
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them,
How I need them,
I’ll be an old lady by the time I read them.”
Happy New Year; happy reading.