2010 is Drawing to a Close

At this point, I am likely going to forgo a typical “favorites” list and instead just stick  with this meme that I’ve been seeing everywhere around the blogosphere in the past few days.

Best Book of 2010:
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt; Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese; East of Eden, by John Steinbeck; The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson, just to name a few.

Worst Book of 2010:
I have quite a few books that I didn’t like, but I wouldn’t say that any of them were “bad”.  It’s just a matter of preference.

Most Disappointing Book of 2010:
The Gravedigger’s Daughter, by Joyce Carol Oates was disappointing because I am usually a big fan of Oates, so my hopes were very high.

I had been wanting to read The Gathering, by Anne Enright, for years since it was a Booker winner, and I ended up absolutely hating it.

The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows because they were so highly touted, so again, my expectations were super high.

Most Surprising (In A Good Way!) Book of 2010:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, because I never thought reading about human cells could be interesting!

Most Recommended-to-Others Book of 2010:

The Hunger Games series! And it’s always a resounding hit.  Even my boss’s seventy year old mom loved them.

Best Series You Discovered in 2010:

There wasn’t a certain series that I discovered in 2010.

Favorite New Authors Discovered in 2010:

Laura Lippman!  I read two of her books (What the Dead Know and I’d Know You Anywhere) and both were phenomenal.

Most Hilarious Read of 2010:

Assholes Finish First, by Tucker Max.  He cracks me up!

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book of 2010:
Probably the Laura Lippman books.  They aren’t over the top but they are great psychological thrillers. And obviously the Millennium trilogy!

Most Anticipated Book of 2010:
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson.  Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it as much as the first two books in the series.

Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2010:

I don’t really like this question.  Nothing sticks out for me.

Most Memorable Character in 2010:

Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.  They are like Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler with a ton more street cred.

Most Beautifully-Written Book of 2010:

Letter to my Daughter, by Maya Angelou, springs to mind.  Red Hook Road, by Ayelet Waldeman, was a good one too.

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2010:

Cleo, by Helen Brown, really stuck with me.  I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that it was a true story, and that I could connect with Brown and her family’s bond with Cleo.

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2010 to Read:
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters.  I have wanted to read it for the past few years and I am glad I finally got to it!


12 Responses

  1. Yay for Fingersmith! I am glad you read it this year. I have the Girl Who Blah Blah Blah, but I haven’t started it yet. Maybe in January…

  2. None of your covers stand out? I love covers. I’m such a dork. 😀

  3. Not only am I foregoing the favorites list, I’m foregoing this meme, too. Although I do like reading everyone else’s answers. 😀 I’m just too lazy to do it myself.

  4. Ah I’ve been wanting an easier way to some up the year and this meme is perfect!

    I totally agree with your choice for most memorable character, Salander is ace you can’t help but want to hear more about what she is up too.

  5. Since I loved the first three on your ‘best’ list, it would make sense to try The Girl Who Played with Fire. I’m probably the only person on the planet who hasn’t read it. Happy 2011!

  6. Great list of books mentioned here! I’m happy you enjoyed Cutting for Stone so much especially 🙂

  7. Sarah Waters seems to be coming up on everyone’s list – I love it 🙂

    I agree with you on the Larsson trilogy. I was so disappointed with the third book but man, those characters are awesome.

    Happy new year and hope you read a ton of great books!

  8. I read Midnight in The Garden of Good & Evil when it came out and it remains one of my all-time favs. Just loved the people of Savannah!

  9. Fingersmith is one of my all-time favourites so I’m really pleased you read it and loved it!

    I’m half way through Henrietta Lacks and loving it. I didn’t think it would be so good either.

    What a wonderful round-up – I hope you have a wonderful 2011.

  10. Great picks!

    I read 95 books, not bad, considering I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a great reading year in 2011!!!

    Here are my Best Reads of 2010

  11. I read The GraveDiggers Daughter on holiday a couple of years ago and found all quite distressing. It’s slightluy put me off Joyce Carol Oates.

  12. I read The Gathering a few years back and didn’t like it either, and I agree that The Gravedigger’s Daughter was disappointing. Hope you have a great reading year in 2011!

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