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I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you're going to write, you better read.
****In fact, my best writing procrastination tool is reading****
My favorite read of 2011 was the massive; the enormous; the 1000-paged:
The Pillars of the Earth
(Although the further I got into this book, the more rated R it seemed. Just warning ya... As much as I wanted to, I WILL NOT be watching the movie.)
Followed closely by:
The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Peel Pie Society
Oh yeah, and
The End of Normal (it had the train wreck thing going on where I just couldn't look away).
The writing book I liked best was:
Writing the Breakout Novel
The two books EVERYONE else loved that just didn't do it for me:
Cutting For Stone (seriously, if I still hate it after I'm 300 pages in, I just can't go on)
******sorry, I really wanted to love it, and I am uber jealous and impressed with Ally Condie and her amazing success, but I just felt like everything was just a little too DESCRIBED. Does that make sense? Like, the main character might just describe the smell, sight and feel of the toilet paper because she was so in tune with every tiny detail*******
A few of the books I was bummed I had to put aside for naughtiness factor:
A Reliable Wife
Water for Elephants
And the book I still haven't gotten my hands on that I really want to read?
So, there you have it.
What did you love in 2011? What did you hate? What did EVERYONE else love that you just didn't get that into?