One of my favorite things about the end of the year (other than my birthday, of course) are top ten lists. They are everywhere and I love it. Top 10 Movies, Top 10 Books, Top 10 Songs. I want them all. Recently, NPR's Talk of the Nation featured a story about the thought process behind one journalist's list. Basically, he says that his list, though incredibly thoughtful, is completely arbitrary. The movies on his list may appear on Top 10 lists, but ultimately, he's choosing movies to which he had a true connection. Inspired, I decided to assemble my own list. So, in no particular order, here are the Top 10 (or so) books I read in 2011.