Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Book, 2010

2010 was a  hard reading year.  I couldn't find many books on my own that really grabbed me.  It it hadn't been for my dear friends mailing books to me and a few good suggestions, I really would have had a bad one.  And, to my shame, I haven't posted a single book review.


But, as a tiny guilt-assuager (not really a word, I know!!), I'm posting all the books that I read and/or started.  It isn't very long or glamorous, but here it is.

The Copper Beach* - Maeve Binchy at her finest.

Lavinia* - Returns us to the beginnings of Rome, my first Ursula Le Guin book.  Loved it.

The Drifters* - The 60's in all its glory.  Sex, drugs, VW buses, hippies.  Good times.

The Knife of Never Letting Go - I need to finish the other two books of this series.  I will eventually.

The Lovely Bones* - I read this book back in 2003; I liked it just as much the second time around. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime* - I didn't love the characters, but I liked the message of this book.

Little Bee* - traumatizing, guilt-inspiring, and yet so triumphant.  Reminds me of Poisonwood Bible, and yet they are nothing alike.

Girl in Translation - a great immigrant story.  Amy and I read this book within weeks or days of each other without knowing it.  I love that this happens often.

Little Stranger - Gothic book about a house.  I didn't love the ending - too many loose ends.

Someone Called Eva* - an interesting take on WWII for children.  I was fascinated learning about the Nazi's use of adopting "German" looking children from neighboring countries.  How glad I am that we won the war.

A Vintage Affair - Probably my favorite book of 2010.  Another WWII tie, but set in the present.

The Girl who Chased the Moon - another favorite.  This author (Sarah Addison Allen) has eclipsed my love for Alice Hoffman a la The River King and Blue Diary. 

Fever 1793 - my first ever Laurie Halse Anderson book, read weeks after my sister went to dinner with her. 

Possession - I finally bought my own copy and wrote in it as I read it.  Love love love this book!

Time Traveler's Wife - every year I read it.  I admit I now see Rachel McAdams when I picture Clare, but she's kind of fuzzy...not 100% Rachel.

Mockingjay - One of the few book reviews I did.  And now that I look at the post, it wasn't even a review.

Walk Two Moons* - I didn't love this book until the end.  Then it really really hit me.

I am the Messenger* - loved this book.  Loved its message.  Giggled at the whited out swearing with replacement words written in.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog* - hated it until 140 pages in, then read it in 2 days.  A great great book.

Unwind - terrifying, and so possible.  Thing Hunger Games intensity with a totally creative, unique premise.  And no annoying self-centered main character.

Chains - another Laurie Halse Anderson.  She does youth fiction so, so well.
The Lace Reader* (haven't finished yet) - reading this one in tandem with Sepulchre.

* - means books that I read with my book exchange group.  Seriously love, love, love these amazing women.  We have been through 30+ books together that I can think of and I love them more each round.  Thanks girls for putting up with my stupid asides and terrible handwriting and for the fact I tell you that my back up religions are Catholicism and Judaism in every. single. round somewhere. I love all of our confessions...

And, these books I started but have put by the wayside:

The Surrendered - Korean War book - graphic and slow. 

Northanger Abbey - I want to love this more than I did. I guess I'll just have to accept that Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are the only Jane Austen book's I'll ever complete.

Anne of Green Gables - I hated this book. Why? I don't know. I wanted to like it, but it wasn't the reality.

The Distant Hours - Argh. I loved The Forgotten Garden so so much. Why isn't this one as good?  Why?

13 Reasons Why - full of teenage angst.  I will eventually finish it, I think.

So there is my 2010 list of books. I know there are a few I picked up and read a few pages of but I didn't write them down, so oh well.  And the reason I have this list is because every year I keep a spreadsheet of the books I have read.  I have it going back to 2002 or 2003; one of the years I spent hours every day pumping at work.  I love these lists and look at them whenever I try to remember when or if I read a book.  Am I the only one that does this?? I hope not.
How was your 2010 reading?  Did you read any of these? Anything I should put on my list for next year?


heidikins said...

I've only read two or three of these books, but I love love LOVED Elegance of the Hedgehog--such a wonderful read. I also read the follow-up/companion book, Gourmet Rhapsody, and loved it just as much. ;)


Apryl said...

I heart book club. I completely agree, it is the most fabulous book club in the world. (I may be biased.)
My sister got me some SUPER AWESOME geek books for Christmas and I am totally in love with them (one of them is the comic-book prequel to "The Guild" web-series. I read it in about 45 minutes and was so sad it was over already. And another one is the original book that "Legend of the Seeker" is based off of. Nerd! Hooray for books with sword fighting that you may have to hide behind a fake cover so no one knows you're reading them! Hooray!!!!!)

Amy Sorensen said...

I still haven't started Hedgehog...

I loved loved loved I am the Messenger. It was one of my favorite books this year. Also, I forgot to tell you, but I got to write a review for our little county literary magazine of Girl in Translation. And of Private Life (Jane Smiley...I thought you read that one?)

At any rate, I have started keeping a list of things I read, too. It has helped me several times. I write a little review and always intend on posting it but then I don't because the file is at work. One day I will remember to send myself the file and then my blog will be innundated with book notes!

Jeanette said...

Ok, I want to read Posession! And I'm curious about Unwind as well, do you know who the author is?

Jeanette said...

You know, I was thinking we need an SDBBE blog, where we are all authors and we can all write blog posts so that we can chat and talk about books etc. I love reading their comments in the books, but I don't feel like I really know them very well yet.

I'm trying to figure out what I am going to chose for the next round now that I know more about the types of books they chose. I didn't chose the book I wanted to last time because I was worried about offending someone like the ward book exchange LOL