This was a good reading year with many memorable books. Narrowing my favorites down to a Top 10 list is always difficult, but here we go:
Top 10 Books Read in 2010
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (by Sherman Alexie)
- Girl in Translation (by Jean Kwok)
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (by Dave Eggers)
- Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë) - re-read
- Mockingbird (by Katherine Erskine)
- My Name Is Asher Lev (by Chaim Potok)
- Olive Kitteridge (by Elizabeth Strout)
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (by Anne Fadiman)
- Still Alice (by Lisa Genova)
- The Help (by Katherine Stockett)
* My favorite book of the year, as I explained in this post, was Girl in Translation. But all of the books above were worthy contenders, and several others nearly made the list.
* As always, most of the books I read in 2010 were fiction; however, I do love nonfiction, particularly memoirs, and read seven:
- Arctic Homestead (Normal Cobb)
- Beautiful Boy (David Sheff)
- Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller)
- Center of the Universe (Nancy Bachrach)
- Long Way Gone (by Ishmael Beah)
- Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)
- Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman)
I absolutely loved Beautiful Boy, Long Way Gone, and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. I'm planning to read more nonfiction in 2011.
• I added 42 book to my Ever-Growing TBR list, and I marked off just 24. That means that over half of the books I read in 2010 did not come from my TBR list, so it continues to grow faster than I can conquer it. But that's OK. I learned about books from posts on The Sunday Salon, Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books, the Book Review Carnival, from various internet sources, and especially from other book bloggers.
• I also read lots of juvenile fiction, both to my own kids and as part of literature classes that I teach. I can't remember all of these, but some are: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Maniac Magee; Crazy Lady; Tangerine; Sounder; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; When My Name Was Keoko ; The Winged Watchman; Cheaper by the Dozen.
• Below is the total list of books read, minus the juvenile fiction. Each link leads to a review. My star-ranking system is as follows: 5 stars--must read; 4 stars--highly recommended; 3 stars--enjoyable; 2 stars--ick; 1 star--no, no, no.
- Abide with Me (Elizabeth Strout)****
- Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)*****
- Arctic Homestead (Norma Cobb)***
- Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (Ernest Gaines)****
- Beautiful Boy (David Sheff)****
- Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller)****
- Breath, Eyes, Memory (Edwidge Dandicat)****
- Bridge of Sighs (Richard Russo)**
- Bright Side of Disaster (by Katherine Center)***
- Buffalo Soldier (Chris Bohjalian)****
- Center of the Universe (Nancy Bachrach)**
- Devil Amongst the Lawyers (Sharyn McCrumb)*
- Elizabeth and Her German Garden (Elizabeth von Arnim)***
- Four to Score (Janet Evanovich)***
- Girl in Translation (Jean Kwok)*****
- Girl Who Stopped Swimming (Joshilyn Jackson)***
- Half Broke Horses (Jeannette Walls)****
- Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)****
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford)***
- Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) Reread*****
- Language of Trees (Ilie Ruby)****
- Last Night at Twisted River (John Irving)****
- Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)***
- Long Way Gone (by Ishmael Beah)****
- Mockingbird (Katherine Erskine)*****
- Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)***
- Mudbound (by Hillary Jordan)***
- My Name Is Asher Lev (Chaim Potok)*****
- Nectar in a Sieve (Kamala Markandaya)****
- Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)****
- Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout)****
- One for the Money (Janet Evanovich)***
- Picture Bride (Yoshiko Uchido)****
- Queen of the Big Time (Adriana Trigiani)***
- Saffron Kitchen (Yasmin Crowther)**
- Season for Second Chances (Diane Meier)***
- Shanghai Girls (by Lisa See)***
- South of Broad (Pat Conroy)***
- Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman)*****
- Still Alice (Lisa Genova)*****
- Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (A. McCall-Smith)***
- Tell Me About Orchard Hollow (Lin Stepp)***
- The Help (Kathryn Stockett)****
- Though Waters Roar (Lynn Austin)**
- Three to Get Ready (Janet Evanovich)***
- Two for the Show (Janet Evanovich)***
- When My Name Was Keoko (Linda Sue Park)****
- Whiter Than Snow (Sandra Dallas)***
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Asher Lev are two of my favorite books. It sounds like you had a great reading year. I hope 2011 is just as great. Happy New Year.
Still Alice was such a good book--heartwrenching. I do want to read The Help, Olive Kitteridge and Girl in Translation one of these days. They've been in my TBR collection for awhile now.
Here's to a great year in books!
Happy New Year, happy to have found you, I am a new follower.
Still Alice is an all time favourite, her newest is releasing this month I believe.
My goal is to try Memoirs this year, so I will try a few from yur recommendation. Long way Gone is already on my Wishlist.
My fav of 2010 if interested
Glad to see The Help made your list, as I've pulled it off the shelf to read this year. Happy new year!
You've got a great list there! I also love reading memoirs. I would also like to read "Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down"
What a great reading year for you! I just passed Absolutely True Diary on to my little brother--he's 14 and I figured he probably hears much worse at school than he'll read in the book (though I didn't feel that way at first).
Happy 2011 to you! Hope it's a great year.
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