Some Recommended Reading from 2011

Every year, I try to read between fifty and sixty books. That’s about a book a week and seems pretty reasonable to me, especially when you factor in all of the blogs, magazines, comic books, and random Internetery that takes up a lot of my reading time these days. Then, at the end of the year, I go through my list of books read (yes, I keep a list), and recommend the best of them to you. And then you can go ahead and ignore me for a year until I do it again. 🙂

This year, I’m a little disappointed to say that I read only about thirty books. It was a very busy year — I wrote three books, launched two, and prepped for a new barrylyga.com, coming soon! — so this year’s recommendation list is a little shorter than usual. Still, there’s good stuff in here — fiction, non-fiction, YA, adult… A little something for everyone.

  • A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester
  • You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
  • Stay With Me by Paul Griffin
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (trans. Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor)
  • Vertical Run by Joseph R. Garber
  • Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
  • The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Bare Bones: Conversations on Terror with Stephen King (ed. Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller)

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