Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 Review and Top Ten

In 2010 I reviewed a total of 48 books and read about 60. (I didn't review most of the juvenile fiction that I read aloud to my kids or read for classes that I teach.) This is just about exactly the same as the previous several years.

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

* 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:

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.


Vasilly said...

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.

Literary Feline said...

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!

Marce said...

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

Anna said...

Glad to see The Help made your list, as I've pulled it off the shelf to read this year. Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

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"
Happy reading!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

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.