I know we've been flooding the blog with Best of 2011 coverage (and there's more to come!). Of course, I love reading our own "Best of" lists, but I get an even bigger kick out of reading other people's lists—since they introduce me to books I might have overlooked.

Prime example: After reading The Book Lady’s Best of 2011: Literary Fiction, I was inspired to place a hold at the library on Alice LaPlante's debut mystery novel, Turn of Mind.

David Gutowski's Favorite Nonfiction of 2011 (on his blog Larghearted Boy) introduced me to Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl by Stacy Pershall—who, according to Gutowski, "excels at putting the reader in her shoes and demystifying mental illness." (And what can I say? We all know I'm a sucker for any book that has anything to do with Arkansas. Memoirist Pershall grew up in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, a town I've never heard of, and I thought I was Arkansas' proudest daughter.)

What are some of the best Best of 2011 lists you've come across this year?


Ever wondered how some self-published authors manage to set themselves apart, sell hundreds of thousands of books and make profits in the six figures? There's an interesting story in today's Wall Street Journal Books section about an author who did just that: Darcie Chan, author of The Mill River Recluse, a debut novel that has been New York Times e-book bestseller.


I love the annual "Year in Reading" series on The Millions, and as usual, this year they've got a long list of impressive contributors: Eleanor Henderson (author of Ten Thousand Saints); Chad Harbach (author of The Art of Fielding); Adam Ross (author of Ladies in Gentlemen); Amy Waldman (The Submission); and many more. Click here to browse the list of this year's contributors—and learn about the favorite books of a few of your favorite authors.


Have you come across any interesting links this week? What are you reading over the weekend? (I'm reading The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst; so far, I love it! Can't put it down.)

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