2011 Book List

Is it time for another book list? I am notorious for not finishing books. Ugh. But each New Year brings the opportunity to do something new, different, or better. I plan to use Goodreads to track my titles. Poetry I keep up with just fine. It’s the novels that slow me down.

One very important aspect for me is not overcommitting to too many books. I’ll begin researching my next poetry collection soon, so I have a feeling some of my reading will be historical nonfiction.

I really want to read books written by friends, which is 50 percent of this list.

This list will expand after AWP, I’m sure.


Lucky Fish, Aimee Nezhukumatathil

  1. Crave Radiance, Elizabeth Alexander
  2. Sonata Mulattica, Rita Dove
  3. Lucky Fish, Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  4. Skin Inc, Thomas Sayers Ellis
  5. Holding Company, Major Jackson
  6. Hardscrabble, Kevin McFadden

Fiction/Non Fiction

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, Erin Dionne (YA fiction)

  1. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, Erin Dionne (YA fiction)
  2. Decoded, Jay-Z (nonfiction)
  3. The Anthologist, Nicholas Baker (fiction)
  4. Conquering Venus, Collin Kelley (fiction)
  5. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver (nonfiction)
  6. The Gift, Lewis Hyde (nonfiction)
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (classic fiction)
  8. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (classic fiction)
  9. Leaving Atlanta, Tayari Jones (fiction)
  10. R. Dwayne Betts, A Question of Freedom (nonfiction)


    Jessie Carty said…
    Great list! I've read the Kingsolver and "To Kill a Mockingbird" but looks like I might be borrowing some of your items for my goodreads list as well :) LOVE goodreads!
    Jennifer Jean said…
    my Decoded will arrive anyday now--can't wait!
    Collin Kelley said…
    Thanks for the shout out, Jan! Venus is actually fiction. Thinly-veiled fiction, but fiction nevertheless. lol
    January said…
    Doh! I knew that. Just made the change. And I'm sorry I haven't been able to get to it sooner. :(

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