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.
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.
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!
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.
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".
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.".
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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