So I really enjoyed reading everyone’s year-ending/year-beginning posts: favorite books of 2010, picture recaps, favorite recipes or new goals. I want to do some of these posts…it’s not too late, right?
Top Ten Books of 2010:
…in no particular order. These are books that either made me want to read all day, or change myself in some way or caused me to think long after I was done. I don’t give synopses, because I like to be completely surprised when I read a book but I’ll give a little review for each.
1. Room by Emma Donoghue (adult fiction)
--genius writing about a horrible situation. Don’t be put off by the situation or the child’s-viewpoint writing…it’s well-done and is worth every nail you bite.
2. Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (self-help non-fiction)
--aw, Faith. How would we be surviving without the wisdom of this book??
3. The Giver by Lois Lowry (children’s fiction)
--this is my 4th reading of this fabulous book. This time I read it to my kids and it was instructional, interesting, chilling, thought-provoking.
4. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (non-fiction)
--Probably my most quoted book of the year. It’s the book I bring up on dates with Ryan, in conversations at the dinner table, on runs with friends. Ryan says the author’s extrapolation with statistics was a little much…whatever, Mr. Engineer—I’m a believer.
5. The whole Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (Young Adult Fiction)
--addicting, cannot-put-it-down fiction (with a good moral, too.)
6. Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott (memoir non-fiction)
--laugh out loud funny. It was refreshing to see myself and true goodness in someone completely unlike me.
7. Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (classic fiction)
--So fun to lose myself in a long, wordy tale of another time and culture. Very Dickensian.
8. The China Study by Thomas Campbell (educational non-fiction)
--I didn’t want to be convinced. I was.
9. Still Alice by Lisa Genova(adult fiction)
--The author knows her stuff. The emotions were true to life, the situation felt real. I actually cried during this one. It’s a book that makes you cherish your life.
10. In the Woods by Tana French (mystery fiction)
--Ireland+good writing+murder mystery+good characters. Really…what’s not to like?