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JB's 2011 Best List

It varies year to year whether it is difficult to come up with the ten ‘best books’ read in one year, or whether you can limit it to ten. Some years, you keep a list as the year goes on and what you thought would be on the list ends up dropping off as it is measured against others you read afterward. Some years you can’t get to ten; some years you plead with your colleagues to do their fifteen or twenty so you don’t look as if you’re the only one who can’t whittle their list. And some years everyone else has a book you loved on their list but you don't and it takes a while to figure out that it was on your last list because you read it early (that's why the Urban Waite wasn't on my list, or Winslow's Satori - they was on my 2010 list)... CRIMINY! Who knew bookselling could be so arduous!

Here, then, is my list of Best of 2011 in the rough order in which they were read – with one exception at the end:

Book List
$23.00
ISBN-13: 9780802119780
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press, 7/2011

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780316127332
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Mulholland Books, 5/2011

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780316057561
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2011

The Adjustment (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781582437309
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Counterpoint, 7/2011

The Chalk Girl (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780399157745
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Putnam Adult, 1/2012

Wyatt (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781569479629
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Soho Crime, 8/2011

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781439154243
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Simon & Schuster, 5/2011

The Cut (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780316078429
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Reagan Arthur Books, 8/2011

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780385344326
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2011

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780547364643
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 6/2011

Thick as Thieves (Hardcover)

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780307263179
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf, 5/2011
I said back in June that this would be the best book of the year and I can now report that my claim then held true.

Gone Girl (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780307588364
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Crown, 6/2012
Book I am most looking forward to in 2012.

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781439165270
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books, 9/2011
all of his Charlie Parker books (it was a great way to spend the Fall!)