National Post’s the Best Books of 2011 Reader’s Choices



The Best Books of 2011: Reader’s Choices

Source: National Post, 12-29-11

In early December, we asked readers to tell us their favourite books of the year. In the end, nearly 500 people cast votes for over 1000 different titles. To be eligible, a book must have been published in 2011 – that eliminated popular picks like The Help, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Water for Elephants, Room, and many others. After tallying up the votes, Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed biography of Steve Jobs emerged as the clear winner. Here are the top 30 books of 2011, as chosen by you, our readers.

1. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson (Simon and Schuster Canada)
2. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday Canada)
3. The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi)
4. Suitable Precautions, by Laura Boudreau (Biblioasis)
5. 11/22/63, by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster Canada)
6. A Dance With Dragons, by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)
7. The Cat’s Table, by Michael Ondaatje (McClelland and Stewart)
8. Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J. Watson (HarperCollins Canada)
9. The Litigators, by John Grisham (Doubleday)
10. Bossypants, by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books)

11. Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan (Thomas Allen Publishers)
12. IQ84, by Haruki Murakami (Bond Street Books)
13. Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
14. The Paris Wife, by Paula McClain (Bond Street Books)
15. A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaeghe (McClelland and Stewart)
16. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (Simon and Schuster Canada)
17. The Virgin Cure, by Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)
18. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (Random House Canada)
19. The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht (Random House)
20. Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen)

21. The Antagonist, by Lynn Coady (House of Anansi)
22. Go the F**k to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach (Akashic Books)
23. With A Closed Fist, by Kathy Dobson (Vehicule Press)
24. The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman (Simon and Schuster Canada)
25. State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett (Harper)
26. Embassytown, by China Miéville (Del Rey)
27. Snuff, by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK)
28. Sing You Home, by Jodi Picoult (Simon and Schuster Canada)
29. Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly)
30. Damned, by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday Canada)


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