Ah, 2010. What a year you were. You almost kicked my readerly butt, you did, but 2011 is here and ready to refresh and renew me and, hopefully, this pitiful little blog. I managed to read (or listen) to 107 books last year. There were some highs (finally reading Dracula!) and some lows (uh, Beatrice and Virgil anyone?). My goal of challenging myself more was, pretty much, a success. I did challenge myself some, but not as much as I hoped. I hope to do that even more in 2011, where the new motto is quality of quantity! If I make it to 100 books, GREAT, but if I make it to 100 AWESOME books, even BETTER! So, without further ado, here are some of the highlights of 2010 for me. In no particular order, of course.
- Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue – I couldn’t put it down.
- Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons – I will forever love this book. I’m still in love with Jack and Sadie and their lovely, lovely story.
- Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk – I read this book in like, one day, I think, or maybe two. It was for the new year readathon and it is still with me a year later. I’m so glad my Secret Book Blogger Santa person (who are you??? I want to thank you!!!) sent me my very own gorgeous copy. My love for this book remains strong.
- The House of Tomorrow: A Novel by Peter Bognanni – I can’t even remember how I got my advanced copy of this, if it was unsolicited or if I asked for it on a whim. It was definitely on a whim that I picked it up and I was blown away. Sebastian still melts my heart and Jared makes me want to rock out with my, um, hair down?
- Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork – my not-so-secret blogger Santa Chris for last year, sent me this for Christmas last year and it was with giddy relief that I finally picked it up. I had wanted it for ages and It. Delivered.
- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness – HOW did I NOT review this book??? Monsters of Men was the conclusion to what has become my hands-down, heart-a-thumpin, favorite series of all time. Except for maybe Harry Potter. Maybe.
- The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – Ah, Little Stranger. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Oh yeah, I already did. I will be rereading you this coming RIP VI.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker – Oh Dracula, you cold-hearted little mucker. What took me so long? I promise, it won’t be that long again. I personally hold you responsible for mucking up the fourth quarter of reading for me.
- The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson – another I haven’t reviewed yet. I wasn’t technically supposed to read it until this year for my challenge from Nymeth, but when I read the description I couldn’t wait. For good reason. Elegantly written, this book is a little jewel. I’ll review it soon.
- The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, read by Cassandra Campbell – great story, but for me the reader was kill here. Campbell is definitely one of those readers I would listen to read anything.
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, read by Peter Altschuler – Delightful story, delightful reader, in every way delightful. I adored this book.
- Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, written and read by Anthony Bourdain – Another I should have reviewed. I adore Bourdain, he delivered Bourdain and then read it to me. Bourdain FTW!
- White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black, read by Jesse Eisenburg – Haven’t reviewed (drat! another one?!) but I really enjoyed it. Jesse Eisenburg better be back for the next one!
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, read by Lee Horsley – An all time favorite book made even more epic by a great reader. Good Lord above but I love Gus.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, read by Bernadette Dunne – Dunne gives this creepy tale a whole ‘nother level of creepy. She oozes the creepy. It’s fantastic.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker – Not only am I so very happy I finally read this book, I’m even happier I let the author read it to me. I’m absolutely certain that took it to a whole new level of awesome.
- Nation by Terry Pratchett – I haven’t gotten around to reviewing this one yet, but I adored it. I adore Terry Pratchett and he was without a doubt my best discovery (authorwise) of 2010. I will be reading many, many, many more Pratchett books in the coming year.
So there she is. Here’s to 2011, a year of no reading slumps, no blogging slumps, just lots of fun. Hey, a girl can hope, right?
What were your favorite books of 2010?