Greetings, Literarians, and welcome to the Top Ten Literary Books of2011. There are, of course, three weeks left in the year, but those weeks will likely pass in an eggnoggy blur of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone(s) 1 & 2, myriad Christmas parties, and plenty of improper caroling. Therefore, let’s break this down into our favorite / Top Ten Literary Books of 2011, followed by all the other books the Literary Man read this year (not counting the Epic Poet’s or Esme Delacroix’s books, for the sake of expediency).

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Update! After having compiled a list of the books the Literary Man read this year, it was determined that there were actually a few books from late 2010 that the Literary Man didn’t get a chance to read until 2011, and since this is a completely unofficial list we are going to include some 2010 books, and maybe even some much, much older books on this list, as well. So this list should really be:

TOP TEN BOOKS THE LITERARY MAN READ IN 2011.

10. THE INFORMATION by James Gleick

9. OPEN CITY by Teju Cole

8. Un Coup de Dés Jamais N’Abolira Le Hasard by Stéphane Mallarmé

7. THE REGULARS by Sarah Stolfa

6. AN ATTEMPT AT EXHAUSTING A PLACE IN PARIS by George Perec

5. MOBY-DICK IN PICTURES by Matt Kish

4. THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

3. C by Tom McCarthy

2. SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell

1. MAUS I and MAUS II by Art Spiegelman

The rest of the books that the Literary Man read this year:

Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann

Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

The Oresteia by Aeschylus

Jernigan by David Gates

Los Angeles Stories by Ry Cooder

The Battle of the Crater by Newt Freakin Gingrich

Valis by Philip K. Dick

Every Third Thought by John Barth

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Best American Short Stories 2011

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

Dubliners by James Joyce

If This Be Treason by Gregory Rabassa

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney (re-read)

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Palo Alto by James Franco

The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald

The Use and Abuse of Literature by Marjorie Garber

The Despicable by A. Cameron McVey

The Sportswriter by Richard Ford

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Money by Martin Amis

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

The Ecstatic by Victor LaValle

Crash by J.G. Ballard

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (re-read)

The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll

Lamb by bernard McLaverty

West of 98 Edited by Lynn Stegner

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read, obv)

Internal Combustion by S. Tremaine Nelson

The District of Camelot by S. Tremaine Nelson