What Was the Best Book You Read in 2011? Patch Editors Weigh in With Theirs

With the start of 2012, Patch editors are weighing in on books, movies, sports, events, music and Person of the Year.

What were we reading in 2011?

Usually, our editors are the ones asking the questions for the New Year's weekend, but we're turning the tables a bit. We've been asked for our top picks in movies, books, songs, person of the year, event of the year and best Boston sports moment.

In round two, we give our top reads of 2011. After reading ours, please share yours with us in the comment section.

Mike Gleason, Wrentham Patch Editor. The best book I read in 2011 was David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. Wallace's obscure sense of humor and ability to hold forth on a wide variety of topics, from tennis to addiction therapy, really sell this sprawling tome. Though its overall picture can often seem incomplete, the various vignettes are clever, funny and interesting enough to hold one's attention.

Jeremie Smith, Medfield Patch Editor-Robert B. Parker’s “The Professional.” I am a huge fan of the late great Boston mystery writer and this novel is a prime example why. Parker’s main character, Spenser, a private investigator in Boston, was at his best – edgy, smart, humorous and tough as nails. Parker’s wit was captivating as usual, producing another page-turner that I could not put down. Parker, who passed away in January 2010, will truly be missed by this avid fan.

Kelly Glista, Norwood Patch Editor-Either 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' or 'Time Traveler's Wife.' Stieg Larsson's trilogy has some of the best character development I've seen in my life. From the moment the reader meets 'The Girl' it is impossible not to be invested in her story. And though it's not a new book by any means, this year I finally let a friend convince me into reading 'Time Traveler's Wife' which was a really pleasant surprise. Aside from the love story it centers on, the book has neat historical references and raises a lot of questions about science and human nature - making it much more enjoyable and thought-provoking than the sappy romance I expected.

Kelly Mello, Norton Patch Editor-I’ve been working on the same book for over a year..."Wicked."

Michael Gelbwasser, Sharon Patch Editor-"I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was)," by Bill Cosby. Easy, engaging read.

Michael Hardman, Regional Editor-Attleboro Patch Editor-“Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth and the Transformation of America Sports," by Mark Ribowsky. For those of us old enough to remember, it was amazing to relive how big Cosell really was. What would he be like in the new media age? Would he even be possible as a major media figure?

Jeff Sullivan-Mansfield Patch Editor-I read the entire George R.R. Martin series Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) and it was a fantasy reader's holy grail. Like Tolkien on steroids, this series was amazing. The detail, the story, the characters, it was so realistic for a fantasy series to have real people in extraordinary situations and actually pull it off without looking corny or childish.

Pat Maguire, Easton Patch Editor-I made it a point to revisit some classics that I may not have paid much attention to when I read them as school assignments back in the day. I reread Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 this summer. Nothing like a good old fashion Science Fiction/Political novel. Next on my list is Orwell's 1984.

Benjamin Paulin, Dover-Sherborn Patch Editor-The best book a read this year was the AP Stylebook. It's not quite the Great American Novel but it is a great reference for a reporter who utilizes AP style.

Jeffrey Pickette, Stoughton Patch Editor - Does reading Patch everyday count? Tina Fey is awesome and so is her book Bossypants. Still hoping to read Snooki’s A Shore Thing, which I understand is a 21st century literary masterpiece (joking of course).

Joan Panek January 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The best book I read in 2011 was "The Imperfectionists" by Tom Rachman. This was a first novel for Rachman, and he is obviously very talented. This well-written book is about a group of people who produce an English language newspaper in Rome. Covering a long time period, it portrays the life and death of a printed newspaper. Its death due to the arrival of digital news. With well developed characters, and much humor, it deals with a timely topic. I look forward to more work from this author.
Robin Croce February 09, 2012 at 05:35 PM
"A Dog's Purpose"...life from a Dog's eyes and discovery of the meaning/purpose of his/her life.


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