Best Books of 2011, Final Honor Roll, Crime Fiction and Historical Fiction

The final version of the 2011 ABBC (All-the-Best-Books Compilation) is available for download as an Excel spreadsheet via Blogging for a Good Book at Williamsburg Regional Library. The spreadsheet lists 3328 titles published in 2011 in 11 genres and subject categories, each annotated to show which of 237 newspapers, magazines, awards, blogs, and other web sites named them as a best book of 2011. I’m concluding my coverage of the best of 2011 with 5 long lists (this is the second) showing how many mentions the top books received in each category. I encourage you to explore the full list for many more hidden treasures for book groups that didn’t quite crack the top of the list.

CRIME NOVELS AND THRILLERS

19 mentions  S. J. Watson  Before I Go to Sleep

18 mentions Louise Penny  A Trick of the Light

16 mentions Alice LaPlante  Turn of Mind

15 mentions George Pelecanos  The Cut

14 mentions Donald Ray Pollock  The Devil All the Time

13 mentions Henning Mankell  The Troubled Man

12 mentions Lawrence Block  A Drop of the Hard Stuff

11 mentions Philip Kerr  Field Gray

Michael Connelly  The Fifth Witness

Kate Atkinson  Started Early, Took My Dog

10 mentions Megan Abbott  The End of Everything

S. J. Bolton  Now You See Me

9 mentions Denise Mina  The End of the Wasp Season

James Lee Burke Feast Day of Fools

8 mentions Keigo Higashino  The Devotion of Suspect X

Colin Cotterrill  Killed at the Whim of a Hat

Daniel Woodrell The Outlaw Album

Jo Nesbo  The Snowman

Peter Spiegelman  Thick as Thieves

G. M. Malliet Wicked Autumn

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

34 mentions Michael Ondaatje  The Cat’s Table

Patrick deWitt  The Sisters Brothers

33 mentions Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger’s Child

24mentions  Julie Otsuka The Buddha in the Attic

22 mentions Paula McLain  The Paris Wife

21 mentions Amor Towles Rules of Civility

15 mentions Denis Johnson  Train Dreams

12 mentions Geraldine March  Caleb’s Crossing

8 mentions Sebastian Barry  On Canaan’s Side

Jonathan Evison  West of Here

7 mentions William Kennedy  Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes

Mary Doria Russell  Doc

David Bezmogis  The Free World

Umberto Eco  The Prague Cemetery

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About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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