Jan 3, 2011

My Favorite Reads of 2010

Although I didn't read as many books last year compared to years past, I still managed to read some truly awesome books! I can't think of one book that I just didn't care for or was a chore to finish - well, maybe one . . . But I do hope to get back to EAT, PRAY, LOVE this year and hopefully finish it. I hate abandoning books, no matter how much they may irritate me.

The biggest surprise for me in books was Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. I put off reading the first two until last year when I finally decided to give them a try to see for myself what all the fuss was about. Everywhere I turned, these books were there and people were talking about them and I just couldn't take it anymore! I wanted in on the conversation! Financial intrigue isn't a genre that I typically gravitate towards, but it became clear right away that there was so much more to the story than just that. I quickly became sucked in to the Vanger family history with all the strange people and developed an instant liking for Mikael Blomkvist. But Lisbeth Salander stole my heart! This misunderstood girl with a mysterious past won me over and I devoured the first two books.

I can honestly say THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE was my favorite book that I read last year. [Review Here] It kept me on the edge of my seat and I hated when it was over. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO [Review] was my second favorite book. I was happily surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I completely understand why it could be a difficult one for some to get through with all of the history and characters to learn, but I feel it was time well spent and worth every page.

A few other books that stayed with me long after reading them were:
  • UP FROM THE BLUE by Susan Henderson [Review]
  • ROOM by Emma Donoghue [Review]
  • JANEOLOGY by Karen Harrington [Review]
  • SOUTH OF BROAD by Pat Conroy [Review]
  • THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTERS by Randy Susan Meyers [Review]
  • ON FOLLY BEACH by Karen White [Review]
I also discovered some really great authors last year including Joshilyn Jackson. I loved her wit and strength of character in BACKSEAT SAINTS [Review]. I'm planning to go back and read more of her earlier work this year. A RELIABLE WIFE by Robert Goolrick [Review] left me scratching my head, while the memoir FORGIVING TROY by Thom Bierdz [Review] moved and saddened me. The audiobook PRECIOUS by Sapphire [Review] absolutely horrified me.

Those are just a few of the many great books I read last year and I'm looking forward to many more this year. Right now I'm reading THE GOOD THIEF by Hannah Tinti and BACK CREEK, a wonderful Young Adult book by Leslie Goetsch. This summer I'm hoping to do a read-a-long of ANNA KARENINA with my friend Staci from Life in the Thumb so if you have an interest in joining us, please let us know. It should be a really great experience!

Thanks for stopping by and reviewing my favorite books of 2010. I wish you continued happiness and many, many great books!


  1. It sounds like you've had a great reading year! I still have Room on my shelf and can't wait to read that one!

  2. Looks like we read many of the same books (and have the same faves) from 2010. Thanks for mentioning my book, too. Very nice of you!

  3. Eat Pray Love irrated me too. And I loved the first two books of the Millenium trilogy. I can't wait to read the third!

  4. Happy New Year

    Up from the Blue is on my Wishlist.

    I decided I won't read Eat Pray Love but I want to watch the movie.

    Here is mine if interested.


  5. I read Stieg Larsson's books for the same reason you did: I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I, too, was surprised.

    "Janeology" remains a favorite.


  6. Great list! I've read 2 of them and have all but one of the others in my TBR pile.

  7. I haven't read any of the Stieg Larssen books yet but I've seen the first two movies and really liked them a lot. So now I can't wait to get to the books - and you just upped my eagerness!

  8. I had a good reading year too. I read what I wanted to read and most were quite good. I still have to do my "best of" post though.

  9. I loved several of your best books!! I will be reading that trilogy this year for sure!! I loved Eat, Love, Pray isn't it funny how one person loves it while another has to struggle to finish it???? Looking forward to Anna Karenina!!

  10. I'm still on the fence about those Larsson books, but you've made me curious. I think I've been hesitant because financial intrigue just doesn't interest me. Glad to know there's more to the story.

  11. I'm embarassed to say that I haven't read any of these!


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