Friday Reads and making my best of...

It's finally officially freezing in Boston, so I suppose winter is nigh. It also means I need to start getting around to my top ten of 2011 list, and I'm struggling this year! One of the things book blogging has shown me is that my opinion of a book changes as time goes on: something I initially blogged about loving I discover, some seven months later, to be rather cool on, and books I was rather level-headed about I'm getting increasingly passionate over. My top ten list will be, in the end, the books I'm still pushing on everyone, and to my surprise, the books aren't all from my 'love' pile. For those of you who make top ten yearly reads, how do you decide what gets on the list?

My FridayReads for this weekend is Katherine Govier's The Printmaker's Daughter and Jane Smiley's biography of Charles Dickens. Very different reads, but they suit my differing moods (and the weather!). What are you reading this weekend? Read either of these?


  1. I'll be curious to see your thoughts about Printmaker's Daughter! I wasn't a huge fan of it, but I was of part of it. I'm working on my Best of list too:-) It's always interesting to see which books stay with me. If things stay as they are, my #1 pick will be a book I rated 4.5 stars, and I stand by that rating, but it has stuck with me more than any other book I've read this year and deserves more recognition. I also hope a few of my anticipated December reads make it on the list:-)

  2. It's warm here :) Not even 0c yet and warmest fall in a 100 years.

  3. I just finished both of these books, and I loved one a lot more than the other, but both were interesting, to say the least. I can't wait to hear what you think!

    I am not sure if I am going to do a "best of" list this year, as my blogging has been a little helter skelter for part of the year, and I can't really decide if I really loved a lot of what I read. I am looking forward to reading everyone else's lists though!

  4. I find my experience is similar to yours in that I read books and love them only to find that a book I was just OK about had grown on me over time. By the end of the year, my list generally contains those books that stayed with me the longest and that I still love.

    I have to finish up Stephen King's IT and read The unexpected Bennet this weekend.

  5. I just started my best of list yesterday. My problem is I can usually identify 5 that I absolutely loved and then I spend hours digging through all the books I rated 4 stars trying to figure out the other ones. If there is something about it that still stays with me at years end, it remains a contender. If I have to reference my review it comes off. Can't wait to see which ones you pick this year!

  6. It's rainy and chilly here in Texas. I'm going to look out for the biography of Charles Dickens - it looks like it would be an interested read.

  7. Haven't read any of these. I am working my way slowly through Stephen King's new one: 11/22/'s amazing!

  8. nice! we're back to warm weather today but i'm sure it'll freeze again here sooN!


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