Listed alphabetically by author, here are my ten favorite books from 2011 (most of which were published before 2011, some of which I started reading before 2011):
Veronica — Nicholas Christopher (novel) Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms — Paul Foster Johnson (poetry) The Devil in the White City — Erik Larson (nonfiction) Leaving the Atocha Station — Ben Lerner (novel) Rogue Hemlocks — Carl Martin (poetry) Appointment in Samarra — John O'Hara (novel) Iterature — Eugene Ostashevsky (poetry) Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted Berrigan — Ron Padgett (nonfiction) Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object — Kathleen Rooney (nonfiction) Applies to Oranges — Maureen Thorson (poetry)
Three nonfiction books! I want to read more nonfiction in the future.
Now here are a few good books (listed in random order) I'm currently reading, some of which may end up on this year's ten funnest list:
Jamie Is My Heart's Desire — Alfred Chester (novel) The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza — Eugene Ostashevsky (poetry) The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick — Elizabeth Hardwick (stories) Selected Stories — Robert Walser (stories) The Fermata — Nicholson Baker (novel) Moving Day — Ish Klein (poetry) Late in the Antenna Fields — Alan Gilbert (poetry) Names on the Land — George R. Stewart (nonfiction) Just the Thing: Selected Letters of James Schuyler, 1951-1991 — James Schuyler (letters) Alexander Hamilton — Ron Chernow (nonfiction)