Books I Read in 2011

I know how hard it can be to find a good book that you love. Here are a handful of the books I read in 2011 that may give you some ideas of books to read in 2012.

Fiction

Animal Dreams — A masterpiece by Barbara Kingsolver set in New Mexico dealing with family, falling in love, and protecting the environment.

Let the Great World Spin — Set in the 1970s, this book follows strangers whose lives intersect, a la Crash, strung together by a man tightrope walking between the then new World Trade Center buildings.

State of Wonder — a wonderful read about a woman who goes into the jungle on assignment from the pharmaceutical company she works for and learns what she’s made of.

The Actor and the Housewife — an unbelievable (literally!) story about a Jude Law-like British actor who falls for a dowdy Mormon housewife. Typically I love what Shannon Hale puts out, but this was just too much.

The Help — hilarious and heartbreaking. But you’ve seen the movie and probably already know all about it.

Nonfiction

Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation and Get What They Really Want — solid tips on learning to negotiate for women. Before I read this book, the thought of asking for what I want and negotiating terrified me. Since reading it, I have successfully negotiated three raises.

Bossypants — Tina Fey is absolutely hysterical. The bits on 30 Rock and Sara Palin are my fave.

It’s All Too Much — a great guide from an expert on how to declutter your home and your life. A pack rat at heart, this book helped me detach meaning from gifts and give things away.

Spirit Junkie: A Radical Love to Self-Love and Miracles — Gabrielle Bernstein’s personal story about gaining clarity and peace from the ashes of her life following A Course in Miracles.

Crucial Conversations — A guide by communication experts on how to have difficult conversations in life and business.

What were some of your favorite books you read in 2011? Hopeful reads for 2012?

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