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My Favorite Books of 2010

  • Nov 23, 2010
In 2010, I read a few stinkers, a few shining stars and several in between.  Here are my 10 most memorable books of 2010 (most but not entirely fiction).  If memory serves, I gave them all 4 out of 5 stars except for #1, which I gave 5 stars.  They are in order by how impactful or memorable they were.

Note:  My reviews of ALL 10 books appear on Lunch and I believe in the Cafe Libri community but, for some reason, two of the reviews did not link up when I added the books to my list.
The Things That Keep Us Here
I had a feeling, when I finished this book clear back in March, that come December it would still be high on my list of the best books I read all year--and it is! It is not a happy book nor an easy story to read, but it is compelling and amazingly written and most definitely deserves a read.

See the full review, "An amazing story: not always easy to read, but definitely worth reading!".
Up from the Blue: A Novel
Of all the books on this list, this is the only one I have read recently. It is a sweet sad story of a little girl whose mother isn't quite up to the task of being a parent. It is literary fiction but there is also a bit of a mystery included, so it feels like two books for the price of one!

You Lost Me There
What happens when a man famous for his knowledge of the brain (specifically, Alzheimer's Disease) realizes that everything he thought he knew about his life and his marriage isn't true? Read this book to find out! I found it bittersweet but very interesting.

See the full review, "What happens when your memories can't be trusted?".
I went into the book expecting to enjoy the author's time in Italy most, because of the descriptions of the food and the history and beauty of the region. I came away truly touched by the spirituality of her time in India and the self-discovery of her time in Indonesia (Bali).
See the full review, "An amazing mix of feelings, thoughts and experiences".
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
A sweet little story told from the perspective of a dog that's as warm and adorable as a puppy.
See the full review, "A very sweet story but too much car racing talk for me.".
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
I went into this book expecting to be knocked off my feet--truly WOW'd--based on loads of kudos I'd heard from many many readers I know online. I will admit to not being nearly as WOW'd as I expected, but I still really enjoyed this charming book of criss-crossing lives.
See the full review, "I may not have been as WOW'd as I expected, but I do definitely appreciate good writing!".
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
I know, LOTS of you will be mad that this wasn't #1, but the first third of this book was so slow and agonizing to me that it really detracted from the marvelous remainder of the book. So much so that I decided not to continue with the series because I heard the 2nd and 3rd books of the trilogy were similar in that regard.
See the full review, "After a horribly slow first third, a very enjoyable book.".
Another sad dysfunctional family tale, but I was charmed by this one from Appalachia.
See the full review, "Beautiful debut novel, but not always easy to read.".
Tomorrow River
Yet another sad dysfunctional family tale...I read a lot of them this year!...this one isn't the best but it was still good enough to make the list.
See the full review, "A heart-warming story of a very determined little girl".
The Bone Thief: A Body Farm Novel
This was my first book by author Jefferson Bass, which is actually two different people. I used to read Patricia Cornwell, who wrote a book called The Body Farm years ago. Well this is written by the guy who CREATED the real body farm. Not the best book of the mystery/thriller/suspense genre I've ever written, but one of the best I read this year.
See the full review, "An interesting story about the illegal trade in body parts".

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December 21, 2010
Great list, Sheri! And FYI per what you wrote in your introduction -- your review wasn't linking up to your list because there were duplicate entries of the book on the site. I've taken care of that though and now it's linking. So next time you notice something like that, please feel free to report it and we'll look into it! :)
December 21, 2010
Ahh...is that because of the whole import en masse from Amazon thing? I know I ended up with some dupes then because my Amazon review and my Lunch review didn't always have exactly the same title. Thanks for your help!
December 01, 2010
Got the new badge lists, Sheri: http://www.lunch.com/cafelibri/badges/2010_R...hoice-22301-74-1-1.html

Let me know if you or anyone else has troubles receiving it. The badges have been a bit wonky as of late, lol!
December 01, 2010
Awesome list, Sheri! I'm guessing that "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" will be on my list...unless "The Girl Who Played with Fire" entertains me more. I might just make a longer list since I haven't read a lot of nonfiction this year. Thanks for inspiring the members to create a list like this! Your discussion thread has been awesome!
November 27, 2010
Very inspired and timely list! Thanks!
November 25, 2010
You're a shameless enabler ... what a great way to add to my own endless reading list!
November 25, 2010
When it comes to books & reading, I am happy to be called an enabler! :)
November 24, 2010
Great list Sheri. It's like Oprah's favorite things, but just for books... great idea ;). I hope more people follow your lead!
November 25, 2010
Thanks, JR, I hope so too!
November 23, 2010
Great idea for a list, Sheri! I haven't read any of these books nor have I been able to do as much reading as I'd like (2 jobs, school, planning a wedding and a couple of ill relatives and friends) but, I'm hoping to do much more in the near future. I'll have to read some of your reviews and add some of these to my TBR list!

Oh, and I left you a message about the trouble you were having with your links. Feel free to let me know if I can help :)
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