While I thought that getting any reading done during my first year of parenthood would be close to impossible, I have actually been able to take advantage of my commute to and from work and my son’s nap time on weekends to get quite a decent amount of reading done.
So in the end, 2011 has been a pretty good year for reading after all, more so considering that some of my favorite contemporary authors published new books this year. Here is what I have read in 2011:
- Jonathan Franzen: Freedom
- Ryu Murakami: 69
- Colm Toibin: Brooklyn
- Tolstoy: War and Peace
- Rafael Yglesias: A Happy Marriage
- Wafa Faith Hallam: The Road from Morocco
- Isabel Wilkerson: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
- Thomas Ashbridge: The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land
- Mat Johnson: Pym: A novel
- Amitav Ghosh: Smoke River
- Haurki Murakami: 1Q84, Parts 1, 2 and 3.
- Jeffrey Eugenides: A Marriage Plot
- Nuruddin Farah: Crossbones (to be started end of week, inchallah)
Of course with the trial and tribulations of parenthood (and a day job as an attorney), I do not have the time to write a review of each of these, though I do wish I could. Nevertheless, let it be said that I would recommend all of them.