Books I Read in 2011 6

So many people ask me what I’ve been reading because I’m known to love reading and to have eclectic tastes.  Here are the titles of most of the books I read in 2011.  A few I forgot to write down – especially the children’s stories I shared with my granddaughter.

I do want to share a book from this year that I finished a couple days ago that just blew  me away, The Book Thief.  If any one who reads this post has read this book, please let me know.  I really want to discuss it with someone.


  1. Imperfect Birds – Anne Lamont
  2. Purple Hibiscus – Chimanda Ngozi Acdiche
  3. Windy City –  Scott Simon
  4. The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  5. The Anti-Racism Trainings – David Reich
  6. Then She Found Me – Elinor Lipman
  7. Cowboys Are My Weakness – Pam Houston
  8. Hotel DuLac – Anita Brookner
  9. The Future of Love – Shirley Abbott
  10. All We Every Wanted was Everything – Janelle Brown
  11. Dancer – Colum McCann
  12. Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann
  13. The Double Comfort Safari Club – Alexander McCall Smith
  14. The Sexy Part of the Bible – Kola Bouf
  15. Every Man Dies Alone – Hans Falada
  16. The Elephant Keeper – Christopher Nicholson
  17. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name – Vendela Vida
  18. The Lovers – Vendeal Vida
  19. Julia’s Cocolates – Cathy Lamb
  20. How I Paid for College – A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater –  Mark Acito
  21. The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes – Tessura Holtne
  22. Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart
  23. Knit Two – Kate Jacobs
  24. The Clothes on Their Backs – Linda Grant
  25. The Madonnas of Echo Park – Brando Skyhorse
  26. Following Polly – Karen Bergreen
  27. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  28. The Elegance of the Hedgehog– Muriel Bybery
  29. Cutting for Stone


  1. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson
  2. Sweet Soul Music
  3. The Making of a Chef – – Michael Rahman
  4. The Town That Food Saved – Ben Hewitt
  5. Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs – Elin Galinsky
  6. The Blessings of A Skinned Knee – Wendy Mogel


  1.  All that Is Bitter & Sweet – Ashley Judd
  2.  Just Kids – Pattie Smith
  3.  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity & Hope – William Kamkwama
  4. A Pig in Provence – Georgeanne Brandon
  5. Extraordinary, Ordinary People (A Memoir of Family) Condoleeza ice
  6. Damn Near White: An African-American Family‘s Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success – Carolyn Wilkins
  7. One Day I Will Write About this Place – A Memoir – Binyavanga Wainama
  8. Bitter is the New Black – Jennifer Lancaster
  9. Such a Pretty Fat – Jennifer Lancaster
  10. Bright Lights, Big Ass – Jennifer Lancaster
  11. Happens Everyday – Isabel Giles
  12. Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey – Jackie Kay
  13. The Grace of Silence: A Memoir – Michele Norris
  14. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
  15. And Furthermore – Judi Dench
  16. Foxy: My Life in Three Acts – Pam Grief
  17. I Remember Nothing & Other Reflections – Nora Ephron
  18. I Feel Bad About My Neck & Other Thoughts on Being a Woman – Nora Ephron
  19. My Reading Life – Pat Conroy
  20. The Other Wes Moore: The Story of One Name & Two Fates – Wes Moore
  21. Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love & 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture – Thomas Chatterton Williams
  22. The Faraway Horses – Buck Brannaman
  23. Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl – Donald Sturrock
  24. A Life Unburdened: Getting Over Weight & Getting on with My Life – Richard Morris 

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

History, mystery, romance, drama, memoir, grand, great, quick, escapism, challenging, witty, silly, snarky, poetic, moving, amazing…I love reading! Thank goodness for public libraries.


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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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6 thoughts on “Books I Read in 2011

  • Anonymous

    Amazing list…now, I hate to ask you for more work, but I’m going to:

    Would you rate them…you pick the scale. 1-5 stars? 1-10? Letter grades A thru E? Stars, bones, checks, thumbs up/thumbs down, smiley face, no comment…whatever!

  • Candelaria

    I will try to do this soon at some point but would also refer you to my virtual bookcase on
    On it, I have written comments on most of the books I’ve read.  It also lists books I’m planning to read. 

  • miruspeg

    Wow Candelaria you are a prolific reader!
    How fortunate you are to love reading books.
    I’ll be checking out your virtual bookcase and see what appeals to me.
    Peggy xxxxxx

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