Favorite reads of 2010

1/05/2011 07:45:00 AM

Yes; I'm behind the ball on this one; but I really needed to percolate a bit on it.  I read so many GOOD titles this year, but how many were GREAT?  Which titles stayed with me?  Which made me think?  Which ones made me cry and/or laugh the hardest?  Which ones buried me in their world and didn't let me up for breath?  So here is my list in no particular order (with Amazon links). These were not all published in 2010, but are ones I read in 2010, and I believe are the only ones I've rated 5 out of 5 stars:

Sugar by Bernice McFadden
Sugar by Bernice McFadden
Dark, but oh, so powerful!  

By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan
By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan
Historical fiction at it's best set during the Spanish Inquisition


The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
While I enjoyed Mockingjay, these two kept me reading ALL weekend long

Saints in Limbo by River Jordan
Saints in Limbo by River Jorden
I swear, I could smell the scented air in this one

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
Laugh, cry, laugh, cry, and laugh, cry again from the founder of Homeboy Ministries

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Part gothic, part classic, all-absorbing read

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
A young girl amidst the Holocaust as narrated by Death

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
At one point, I fought to keep reading through the actual sobs; such a touching story

Room by Emma Donoghue
Room by Emma Donoghue
Told in the unusual voice of five-year-old Jack
Review Link

Surprisingly (to me at least), two non-fiction books ended up on this list, as I've never been a huge reader of non-fiction.  I should probably give some honorable mentions out to the following:

1.  City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell - Review Link
2.  Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes - Review Link
3.  The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman - Review Link
4.  Under the Dome by Stephen King - Review Link
5.  The Art of Devotion by Samantha Bruce-Benjamin - Review Link

I realize that it's an eclectic mix, but I'm an eclectic reader!  Hopefully, there's a book or two on here that fits your own taste!  I've added many to my wishlist as I've traveled around seeing others' lists!

Julie


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8 comments

  1. A few of your favorites were on my list as well. Overall I think 2010 was a great year for readers. Hoping 2011 will be the same :)

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  2. I'm SO looking forward to read three books from your list above: Room, The Distant Hour and The Book Thief. They are all sitting on my shelf at the moment, waiting to be read :D Cannot wait!

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  3. Dear Julie, Apologies that I have not got back to you before now. Some great books you mention, The Book Thef is one of my all time favourites. Best wishes to you and yours for 2011.

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  4. Love your list, you did a lot of crying :-)

    I think I may try Sugar. Strangers of the Feast has been on a few list, I am intrigued. I want to try Book Thief this year.

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  5. Great list! I am going to add some of these to my tbr list....

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  6. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)January 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    The Book Thief is one of my all-time favorites, so I'm glad to see it on your list. Also, I will be reading By Fire, By Water soon, so I'm glad you really liked it.

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  7. Great list; The Book Thief is one of the few books that has ever made me sob out loud...so good, but so sad.
    I want to check two others on your list that I am not familiar with, Sugar and Same Kind of Different as Me; both sound great; thanks for the suggestions :)

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  8. I really want to read Room and The Book Thief. Everyone loves The Distant Hours but I put it down at page 72 and haven't felt the motivation to pick it back up. I know, I know, I just need to dive in!

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