Last year, I said I wasn't going to call my end-of-year list, a "Best of." Instead, I called it "A Few of My Favorite Things," and that's perfect for this year as well. I know the year isn't over. And, I still have more reading to do, so I reserve the right to add a book or two to the list. But, it's been a while since I read a book that I would call a "favorite," so I'm taking a chance now.
These books are the ones that stuck with me. I can still tell you about the books, the plots, months after I read the books. It's a very idiosyncratic list. The books fit my mood when I read them, and maybe that's why they resonated with me. Ask me about my favorite mysteries, and the list will be somewhat different. So, this is my list of favorite books of 2011, in alphabetical order by author. (I am a librarian - smile.)