5th Dec 2011
Top 2011 Reads: For Books’ Sake Wants You!
It’s almost the end of the year, and we want you to get involved and show us which book was your most raved-about read of 2011. In the next week, we want your photos…
Take a snap of yourself with your favourite book from the past twelve months, and send it to us via email, Facebook or Twitter. Then next week, we’ll show them to the world, and you’ll have the ultimate wishlist that will be well worth a last-minute bribe to Santa.
So, whether it was a book that only came out this year, one you discovered for the first time, or an old favourite you returned to, send us your photo (either with the book itself or a piece of paper telling us what it is), and a sentence telling us why it was your favourite.
And to show you what we mean, we asked some of our For Books’ Sake staff, contributors and star supporters to start us off…
To start with, we’ve got For Books’ Sake Deputy-Ed Alex Herod with Margaret Atwood‘s recent essay collection, In Other Worlds. Published in October, this made the For Books’ Sake top five non-fiction of 2011, and we’ll have an in-depth review on the site soon.
For Books’ Sake editor Jane Bradley went for The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness by Lila Azam Zanganeh. A love letter to the Russian author, it evokes the fairy-tale lands and labyrinths of his writing while recounting Zanganeh’s reactions to it in luminous, lyrical prose.
Dan Holloway went for Just Kids by Patti Smith, saying: “There are too many things to love about this incredible book for me to give a sane reason for choosing it, so I’ll just say seeing Patti Smith in Oxford last year and getting this signed was an absurdly stupendous fanboy moment.”
So did Jacqueline Downs: “Read in the shadow of the Acropolis, with the sun illuminating my tears, this book reminded me that Smith is a goddess who writes with astonishing insight about innocence and experience, love and friendship, despair and hope, loss and grief, and what it means to be an artist.”
After banging on about it all year, we weren’t suprised when Jess Haigh went for Andrea Eames‘ début, The Cry of the Go-Away Bird: ”I chose this book because it was a cracking start to my reading year! It was also about a girl the same age as I would have been having such a foreign experience to mine, but told in a really evocative and accessible way. And everyone else I’ve forced it upon loved it too.”
Bringing up the rear (for now), Kirsty Logan opted for Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites by Franny Moyle, describing it as “the perfect balance of drama-laden scandal, historical detail and art criticism.”
Got a favourite you can’t believe hasn’t been chosen yet? Send us yours before next Monday, or tell us what you would have chosen in the comments…