2011

Year in Review

None of the books read in 2011 have quickened the flutter of literary hearts, the superb Alone in Berlin outside the Top 10 in the Favourites list. Nevertheless, the raw numbers belie a certain truth: this year enjoyed a wide spread of favour, from the top-drawer The Sister’s Brothers to Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, this may be the most underrated year, particularly considering the least-loved book, John Updike’s Rabbit, Run is often included in ‘Best Book’ lists.

Rating Table 2011

Title Rating Owner
1 Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada 2.78 EmmaT
2 The Sister’s Brothers by Patrick de Witt 1.96 EmmaJ
3 The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga 1.55 Baljit
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver 1.55 DKB
5 Black Swan Green by David Mitchell 1.44 Miranda
6 Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney 1.03 John
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré 1.03 Catherine
8 Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris 0.83 DKB
9 Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harre 0.10 EmmaT
The End of the Party by Andrew Rawnsley 0.10 Baljit
11 Rabbit, Run by John Updike 0.00 Anthony

Complete Choices 2011

Books for 2011 include:

December – DKB

November – Baljit

  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • Lady Chatterly’s Lover DH Lawrence
  • Margrave Of The Marshes by John Peel

October – EmmaJ

September – EmmaT

  • Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
  • A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
  • Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

August – Did not meet

July – DKB

  • Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
  • Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

June – Miranda

  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  • A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

May – Anthony

  • Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  • Unbowed: My Autobiography by Wangari Maathai
  • The Moon and Sixpence by William Somerset Maugham

April – John

March – Catherine

LBG was proud to participate in World Book Night, we selected one of the choices to read in support of this worthy event.

February – Baljit

  • The End of the Party by Andrew Rawnsley
  • The Third Man by Peter Mandelson
  • Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward

January – EmmaT

  • Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harre
  • Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
  • Out of Africa by Karen Blixen