Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top Ten Books I've Read in 2010



How can I possibly limit myself to
ten favorite reads this year???

I read 255 books this year!
The ten best?
Tough call.

So I'll do ten lists of favorite books.
How about that?

Best Books About Happiness
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The How of Happiness
The Way to Stillness
59 Seconds
Joie de Vivre
The Pocket Therapist
Hector and the Search for Happiness

Over Hyped
Sarah's Key
Who Moved My Blackberry?

Thoughtful and Spiritual
Same Kind of Different as Me
If the Church Were Christian
Mystically Wired
Celebration of Discipline

Best Children's Chapter Books
The BFG
The Iron Giant
Stuart Little
Amazon Adventure
Tashi

Best Children's Picture Books
The Church Mice and the Ring
Mister Magnolia
The Boy Who Grew Flowers
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Come Away From the Water, Shirley
Mr. Fox
The Elephant and the Bad Baby

Brilliant Books I'm Not Cool Enough to Appreciate
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Logicomix
Selected Works of T. S. Spivet

Best Travel Books
Country Driving
The Lunatic Express
A Year in Provence
The Lost Girls
Grounded

Favorite Fiction
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
The Stone Angel
The Spare Room
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
The Three Musketeers
Gone With the Wind
Let the Great World Spin
Midnight's Children

Odd (But in a Good Way) Books
The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?
Anagrams
The Tattooed Map
Skellig
Nothing
And the Pursuit of Happiness

Memorable Nonfiction
Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
At Home by Bill Bryson
Serve It Forth by M.F.K. Fisher
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Library at Night

Okay, okay!
Because you are begging me,
here it is:
a rather random list,
Top Ten Books I've Read in 2010:


And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman


Skellig by David Almond


Serve It Forth by M. F. K. Fisher


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas


Amazon Adventure by Willard Price


Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie


Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

35 comments:

Misha said...

Awesome list! I now have lots of books to add to my TBR! Thank you!

Karine:) said...

The three musketeers... I really want to re-read this one. I loved it soooo much when I was a teen. I'm pretty sure I'd see even more in it now that I'm (supposed to be) a grown up. (Sorry for my weird english, by the way...)

Suzanne said...

I had trouble compiling my list too, but I have to say that The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake would be on my least favorites of 2010.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks are on my list as well.

Melanie said...

Love all the lists, but "brilliant books I'm not cool enough to appreciate" made me laugh the most.

christina said...

Oooh, someone else who read Logicomix?! I liked how the book changed through narratives and found all of that to be rather meta. *But* coming from a background with very little math (philosophy and practice) I don't think that I swooned as much as I should have. Bertrand's life was pretty interesting and I think that I'd like to read a biography of more depth in the future. Logicomix was a great primer though.

Demitria said...

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Impressive lists, do you set a reading goal for yourself or do you just go with the flow?

Laura C. said...

This is a great list. The Happiness Project looks really interesting.

Bibliophile said...

255 books? I guess I have finally met a more voracious reader than myself.

I like the list, especially the way you interpreted the instructions.

readerbuzz said...

Demitria, I try to set goals, but I usually enjoy reading the books that are chosen randomly.

breadcrumbreads said...

Midnight's Children would come under my "Brilliant Books I'm not Cool Enough to Appreciate" list!=)) Quite a variety you have there!

Risa

Samita (Book Purring) said...

The Three Musketeeers is my ALL TIME favorite, and the sequels are fantastic too :) Thanks for stopping by!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Top 10 Books I Read in 2010

1. The Trophy Bride's Tale by Cyrilla Barr
2. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
3. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
4. Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown by Jason Dawes & Grant Wilson
5. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
6. A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story by Charles Franklin Emery III
7. Citizen Mitten by William Voedisch
8. High on a Mountain by Tommie Lyn
9. Expiation by Greg Messel
10. A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

255 books! Wow! That's amazing. I just started keeping track recently. I wonder what my number will be!? Nice picks. :)

Carmel @ Rabid Reads
My Top Ten Tuesday

Liz said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I am amazed at how many books you read! I would love if I could make it to 100 in a single year!

I've been wanting to read The Happiness Project & have also heard some great things about Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I'm glad to see that out of all the books you read, these stood out to you.

Liz said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I am amazed at how many books you read! I would love if I could make it to 100 in a single year!

I've been wanting to read The Happiness Project & have also heard some great things about Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I'm glad to see that out of all the books you read, these stood out to you.

Short Story Slore said...

I have so much trouble coming up with these lists when I read just 50 books, so how you can do it by reading 255 astonishes me. Congrats! It's great to see that you've read so many that you enjoyed.

smellincoffee said...

200+ books is very impressive! I've been "meaning to read" the Three Musketeers for far too long.

Must Love Books said...

lol love all the lists. I don't think I've read most of these besides the childrens books. I'll have to look into some of them.

1girl2manybooks said...

255 books is an amazing number!

Love how you broke it down to include other books as well, it's so hard to choose 10 reads really, especially when you read so many books a year

Sarah said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Midnight's Children was such a fantastic read. I need to read more Rushdie. Love your mini-lists.

255 is a HUGE number of books! Congrats!

Mystica said...

I like the lists on the various blogs as it can then tell me what I have missed!

Jenni Elyse said...

I really want to read Selected Works of TS Spivet. I listened to an author interview of NPR and the book sounded so intriguing!

Rummanah Aasi said...

I really want to read "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake". I read so great reviews about it. I also loved "The Three Musketeers" too!

thebookstop said...

This is an awesome list that gives me lots of great reading ideas. I really want to read Three Musketeers.

Bev Hankins said...

Awesome lists! I've read a flat 200 so far and had a hard time limiting it to ten. I wound up adding some honorable mentions. Here's mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-ten-tuesday-best-of-2010.html

Erica Woolridge said...

Wow, that's a whole lot of lists!!

I agree, Sarah's Key was much overrated. I thought it had a lot of potential at the beginning, but was far too predictable. And a little weird.

Katy said...

I am envious of the way you read, I want to read The Happiness Project badly..

ChristaJLS said...

Ooooh I really want to read a Gate at the Stairs and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Good to know someone liked them!

Ellen said...

great list! so excited to see a peter hessler mention on someone else's year end list. also LOVE midnight's children. given the overlap we have, i think it's about time i read a gate at the stairs - even pre-ordered it for my kindle, but i still haven't read it.

and yes, i think an edith wharton read is in order! I hope you'll love her as much as I do now...can't wait to read house of mirth.

Anne Bennett said...

200+ books!? Egads. I thought I was doing good at 90. Let the Great World Spin is on my Adult Books/Book Club list. Thanks for visiting my blog.

artieismymuse said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. This is an awesome list. i loved Skellig when i read it, i think i bought it for almost everyone i knew the year i read it. Also glad to know the Happiness Project is worth adding to my list.

fish lover said...

Hello, wow ur fantastistic, I would love to read that pursuit of hapiness, the only book i finish reading this year is Harry potter series lol, thanks for stopping by my blog.

Molly said...

I plan to start reading the Happiness Project this weekend - and I will refer back to this post for other books on the topic after I finish it :)

Unruly Reader said...

So glad you found so many great books about happiness to read for the ThemeQuest reading challenge. I'm going to copy your happiness reading list -- there are some great ideas there!

Louise said...

Such great lists Debbie. I'm so pleased and surprised to see Amazon Adventure make your top 10. I'll have to try and schedule that for the second half of the year if I remember- I know that I have my old copy lurking in a box in the cupboard. I remember devouring the whole series, but don't really remember much about them. I'm intrigued about Skellig too.