2010 Books, So Far

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I love how my Aunt Jennie has a tab for the books she’s read this year. We all know I LOVE to talk about books–almost as much as I love to read. And I’ve read some amazing books this year already!

Here’s what I’ve read so far this year. I’m definitely thinking about adding a permanent post about books I’ve read.

1. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares – Yes, I confess. I love the Traveling Pants books. I read the first one a million years ago, but this year I’ve knocked out 2 and 3 and am reading #4. It’s not what I normally read, but they’re fun.

2. Dear Exile by Hilary Loftin and Kate Montgomery – This book is a collection of letters between two friends: one in NYC and one who is teaching in Africa. (It’s nonfiction.) I wasn’t blown away by it or anything, but it was interesting, especially to see the juxtaposition of the two.

3. Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares – See #1.

4. Sonata for Miriam by Linda Olsson – I loved, loved, loved, LOVED her first book, Astrid and Veronika. I wasn’t quite as swept away by this one, but it was still excellently put together and a very striking story.

5. The Book That Changed My Life by various authors – Review is here.

The Stolen Child

6. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue – Really imaginative read about changelings. I can’t even explain it, but it was fascinating. I just really enjoy reading something different than the norm. (Water for Elephants is one that comes to mind.)

7. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – a reread for me, but it had been a long time. One of the best, honest books on writing in the world!

8. Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren – Kinda “eh” predictable Christian romance for me. I was disappointed, cause I really liked some of her other books.

9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – By far, the best book I have read in years. It’s written from the viewpoint of Death. It’s about the Holocaust and a family’s tribulations. It is heart-wrenching and lovely and full of imagination. FANTASTIC. Please read it!

10. Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney – You can read my review from BookLoons. Another sort of “eh” read.

11. The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvery Karp – Happiest Baby on the Block was one of the only parenting books I read early on. I find his tips to be very useful and correct. I wasn’t quite as enamored with this one, but I do find myself following some of his suggestions a lot of times!

Vanishing Acts: A Novel

12. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult – It was funny, after I finished this Picoult my best friend and I were chatting about which of hers we liked and didn’t like. It turns out, mostly the ones I like she didn’t and vice versa. Haha. I liked this one, but not as much as My Sister’s Keeper or Second Glance or The Pact.

13. Blessings by Anna Quindlen – ironically, I think this was the first book I got from Paperback Swap–in 2006. And I finally read it a few weeks ago. I adore Anna Quindlen, and this book was another gem.

14. French Milk by Lucy Knisley- my aforementioned aunt gave this to me at Christmas to read. It’s a graphic novel, a cartooned journal of a young woman’s trip to Paris with her mother. Although it was a different kind of read for me, I wasn’t a big fan. There wasn’t much depth to the tale. I wasn’t there. But it was OK!

Have you read anything good lately? And does anyone actually like my book reviews, or do I do it for myself?


13 thoughts on “2010 Books, So Far

  1. I loved The Book Thief too. Have you read Shadow in the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron or These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner?

    I'm working my way through the Harry Potter series (though I'm a bit late to the Potter Party) and am on #4 now.

    I always enjoy book reviews, one book junkie to another.

  2. I love the book reviews so don't stop. I don't have time to browse for books so I always take recommendations from others.

  3. No, no, no! Please don't stop the book reviews! I love them!

    I think I may need to read The Book Thief again. We read it for book club last year and everyone loved it. I thought it was just eh.

    Holly – The Shadow of the Wind is one of my favorite books!

    I use GoodReads.com to keep track of my books, but you may have inspired me to add a tab to my blog too:)

    Here is my 2010 list:

    The Help* by Kathryn Stockett
    Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
    The Book of Bright Ideas* by Sandra Kring
    Hand of Fate* (A Triple Threat Novel)by Lis Wiehl
    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
    Going Rogue: An American Life* by Sarah Palin
    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
    Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley #15) by Elizabeth George

    I recommend the starred titles. Olive Kitteridge and Bel Canto could go either way, depends on what you like.

  4. Well, I don't know about having read any GOOD books, but I have definitely read a couple of SILLY books lately. I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies last month, and am reading another P&P continuation currently that isn't even worth naming. Before that, it took me about 6 months to complete Anna Karenina, but I wasn't really trying. 🙂

  5. I love Jodi Picoult books. They are so amazing.

    I'm reading The Help right now. Great book. You should pick it up if you haven't read it yet.

  6. I love the book reviews.
    I agree that The Book Thief was a great book. I actually listened to the audio and it was great. That's the only one on your list that I've read.
    I just finished Jesus wants to save Christians by Rob Bell and it was very good. Fiction: I loved the Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Very imaginative. Do you catalogue your books anywhere? I love using Library Thing to keep up with what I've read.

  7. @Holly–I haven't read either of those.

    From this and Mary (Giving Up on Perfect)'s post today, I guess I NEED to read The Help!

    @PJs Til Noon–I have keep track of every book I've read since September 2006–they are on my Paperbackswap public profile. They also have a "Books I've Read" list, which is more extensive, but I don't think it's public. I'd love to do LibraryThing or something of the sort, but the time…oh, the time!

  8. The Book Thief was the one that killed my book club. I tried to listen to it on CD instead of reading it; I couldn't get into it. =(

  9. I LOVE Bird By Bird!! You should see me copy, it's practically falling apart.

    Have you ever read any of Wallace Stegner's books? They are fantastic! I definitely recommend "Crossing To Safety." My favorite quote ever is from that book – "Talent lies around in us like kindling waiting for a match." I think you'd love it!! 🙂

    I can't wait to check out some of the other ones on your list that I haven't read yet.

  10. I loved the Pants series! I didn't know until last night about the happiest toddler book. I might have to read it, because I am beyond the end of my rope!

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