My Favorite Books of 2011

December is the best and worst month to recap my year in reading. On the one hand, I can simply scroll through my Goodreads reviews to pick out favorites. On the other hand, I usually discover several books from perusing Best Of lists elsewhere; I’ll end up reading great 2011 novels in the first months of 2012, rending the titles below provisional at best.

So read the following with a grain of salt. (This is a cross-post with Work in Progress, where 22 editors and authors listed their favorite 2011 reads as well.)

Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

The Road to Somewhere by James Reeves

The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City by Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age by Bohumil Hrabal

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews

Suicide by Édouard Levé

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