HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 16 – Best of 2011

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley wrap up the first year of HUSH podcasts with a discussion of the best books of 2011.

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It’s all about the best, at least in our opinion!

Our guest this episode is Stephanie Hall, Red Carpet Manager to chat about the best books of 2011 according to Goodreads, our library customers, and also our own reading tastes.

Books mentioned

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  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Marukami
  • Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward and the Black Dagger brotherhood series – start with Dark Lover
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Geeks shall inherit the earth by Alexandra Robbins
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Two Kisses for Maddy: a memoir of loss and love by Matthew Logelin
  • Where she went by Gail Forman sequel to If I Stay
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: a book by Patton Oswald
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Litigators by John Grisham
  • The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  • Prince of Ravenscar by Catherine Coulter
  • James Patterson
  • A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  • Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  • If you Ask Me (and of course you won’t)  by Betty White
  • Jeaniene Frost
  • Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder series
  • Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about books and movies with people in peril. Why do you like them? What can you recommend? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Best of 2011 discussion.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please comment on our blog post or send us an email at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

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