Books read 2010

Finally, here is my list of books that I read last year! It is easy to tell that my iron is (slowly) coming back up and I am getting more energy. However, if you think that I am going to stop using my low iron as an excuse to eat two cheeseburgers, you are sadly mistaken. I am going to eat two cheeseburgers for as long as I possibly can.

I have to say that this was not my favorite reading year. I read a lot of books that were, frankly, meh. Hence my lack of reviews in the past year. I don’t know what to tell you about that. I hope that 2011 features more interesting books. I should also confess that it is possible that this list is incomplete. This summer, when I was as green as green could be, I got a little bit lax about writing down what I was reading at the pool. I may have missed a few somewhere. I am sorry. All I have to offer is my standard “growing a human” excuse. One last thing . . . I am generally a stickler about italicizing the titles of the books, but I am lucky to have two hands (Atticus is in the Moby Wrap) and I can’t take the time to do any more than type them up. (Full disclosure: I always hate that part of writing up the list. I wish there was an easier way to italicize in WordPress.)

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January
1. The Giant-Slayer by Iain Lawrence (f)
2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (f) (book club)
3. The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick (f)
4. Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr (f)
5. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass (f)
6. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (f)
7. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (f)
8. April and Oliver by Tess Callahan (f)
9. La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
10. The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein by Libby Schmais (f)
11. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (f)
12. 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Goldstein (f)
13. Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom (f)
14. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (f)
15. Jesus Freak by Sara Miles (nf)
16. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (f)

February
17. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (f)
18. The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
19. The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff (f)
20. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (f)
21. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (f)
22. My Abandonment by Peter Rock (f)
23. Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan (f)
24. The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson by Frances Brent (nf)
25. Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (f)
26. Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (f)
27. Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin (f)
28. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis (f)
29. The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris (f)

March
30. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (f) (book club)
31. Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (f)
32. How Dolly Parton Saved My Life by Charlotte Connors (f)
33. Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson (f)
34. Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl (f)
35. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (f)
36. Angry Conversations With God by Susan Isaacs (nf)
37. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Don Miller (nf)
38. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman (f)
39. 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (f)
40. The Hole We’re In by Gabrielle Zevin (f)
41. The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (f)

April
42. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (f)
43. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (f)
44. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin (f)
45. After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (f)
46. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (f)
47. Solace of the Road by Siobahn Dowd (f)
48. Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler (f)
49. A Jesuit Off-Broadway by James Martin (nf)
50. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (f) (reread) (Mike did NOT want me to let anyone know I was reading this at the time because then they might GUESS our BOY NAME)
51. The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz (f)
52. Going in Circles by Pamela Ribon (f)

May
53. Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski (f)
54. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar (f)
55. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson (f)
56. The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian (f)
57. God of the Hive by Laurie R. King (f)
58. Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith (f)
59. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (f) (reread)
60. Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers (f) (reread)
61. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (f)
62. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian (f)
63. The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault (f)

June
64. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (f)
65. Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush (nf)
66. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (f)
67. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin (nf)
68. Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelly Rowley (f)
69. Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson (f)
70. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (f)

July
71. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (f)
72. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (f)
73. One Day by David Nicholls (f)
74. The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald (f)
75. Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
76. Love is an Orientation by Andrew Marin (nf)
77. Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (f)
78. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman (f)
79. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (f)
80. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (f)
81. Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (whether this is fiction or non-fiction depends on who you ask, I suppose)

August
82. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
83. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (f)
84. A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg (nf)
85. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (f) (reread with Mike)
86. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (f) (reread)
87. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (f) (reread)
88. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (f)
89. The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace (f)

September
90. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (f) (reread AGAIN)
91. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (f) (reread)
92. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman (f)
93. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (f)
94. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (f) (read with Mike) (traumatizing)
95. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen (f)
96. What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen (nf)
97. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (nf)

October
98. The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn (f)
99. Amazing Grace by Megan Shull (f)
100. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (f)
101. The Mockingbird Parables by Matt Litton (nf)
102. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan (nf)

November
103. A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce (f)
104. The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
105. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones (f)
106. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott (nf) (reread)
107. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning (nf) (reread)
108. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford (f)
109. The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty (f)
110. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (f)

December
111. The Witness House by Christiane Kohl (nf)
112. Plan B by Anne Lamott (nf) (reread)
113. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott (nf) (reread)
114. The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp (nf)
115. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (f)
116. The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore (f)
117. Father Melancholy’s Daughter by Gail Godwin (f) (reread)

In no particular order, here were some of my favorites. Since I didn’t review all of them, if you have a question about why I liked one of them, please ask and I will tell you what I may or may not remember.

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom
Jesus Freak by Sara Miles
Angry Conversations With God by Susan Isaacs
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Don Miller
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (despite how unbelievable the ending is)
The Spellman Series by Lisa Lutz
Going in Circles by Pamela Ribon
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (maybe my favorite book this year)
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (seriously loved this and wish I had written it up)
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg (a gift from Alisa)
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen (maybe the most memorable book I read this year)
The Mockingbird Parables by Matt Litton (another gift from Alisa)

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13 Comments

  1. I’ve been looking forward to this post since I discovered your blog and started obsessively reading former posts. You’re like my personal recommendation librarian (Amazon should pay you some sort of commission)!

    Posted 1/15/2011 at | Permalink
  2. I love Anna Quindlen.

    Posted 1/16/2011 at | Permalink
  3. It was a bright spot in my morning when I clicked on my Google Alert and saw that you’d said GIRL IN TRANSLATION was maybe your favorite book of the year! Thanks so much, for reading and for taking the time to post!

    Best,
    Jean

    Posted 1/16/2011 at | Permalink
  4. I can go in there and italicize them for you if you want.

    Posted 1/16/2011 at | Permalink
  5. Nancy

    I am always impressed by your list of books each year. So impressed, in fact, that I decided to keep a list for myself in 2010. It’s not as easy as it sounds!! And I completely forgive you if you forgot some. I was doing okay until about November and now I’m trying to remember what I read in November and December. Fortunately, the fact that I tend to leave the books I read lying around is helping… Of course, your list is much more extensive than mine, but we have read a few of the same things. And Anna Quindlen’s Every Last One was indeed memorable. (I can’t even figure out how to do italics in here… and I don’t have your little boy excuse!) I’m going to look up Girl in Translation because it sounds like something I’d like to read. Thanks for sharing this list. It gives me good ideas for future reading.

    Posted 1/16/2011 at | Permalink
  6. ginger, she is absolutely my personal librarian, and i love her for it!

    kari, great list…and i love that you couldn’t italicize. 😉 give him xoxoxoxoxoxo from me. (and yes, give him that many.)

    Posted 1/16/2011 at | Permalink
  7. Are you on Goodreads? I love keeping up with everyone’s reading lists this way. I’ve found some great book recommendations that I wouldn’t have tried without a Goodreads review!

    Posted 1/17/2011 at | Permalink
  8. oh, forget the books – I love that photo!

    Posted 1/17/2011 at | Permalink
  9. And I like to go back to tried and trusted authors as well go back and reread things.

    Posted 1/18/2011 at | Permalink
  10. please, please explain to me how you managed to read all of these in one year? while you’re at it, please explain to me why i am the only commenter asking you this question?!? i feel like i’ve been living a sorry existence….

    Posted 2/1/2011 at | Permalink
  11. And I like to go back to tried and trusted authors as well go back and reread things.

    Posted 2/15/2011 at | Permalink
  12. Mark Allman

    I enjoyed the Hunger Games a great deal and just finished the first book of a trilogy that I think rivals it. The first book is called Divergent. Read it in 3 days and waiting on the second book Insurgent. Enjoyed seeing what books you read.

    Posted 7/3/2012 at | Permalink
  13. How, tell me HOW do you read so many books in a year? (sigh) I was delighted to see some of my favorite books on this list (Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life, Godwin’s Father Melancholy’s Daughter), books I also read this same year (The House at Riverton, Thirteen Reasons Why, Juliet Naked) and one book I actually edited (Matt Litton’s The Mockingbird Parables). Thanks for sharing your lists (early ones are 404s).

    Posted 11/19/2014 at | Permalink

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