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Books of 2010...two months late!

I kind of just realized that I never did my "Books read in 2010" post. Oops. Well, better late than never, right? Right.

1. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

2. Trickster's Choice, by Tamora Pierce (re-read)

3. Trickster's Queen, by Tamora Pierce (re-read)

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K Rowling (re-read)--this one was a birthday present, since it was the
only one I didn't own.

7. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. I really, really liked this book. So many interesting and thought-provoking things.

8. Cousin Kate, by Georgette Heyer

9. Lord Edgeware Dies, by Agatha Christie

10. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (re-read). I first read this book in 10th grade, and I've been wanting to come back to it for a couple of years now. It's a sad, thrilling, stirring, difficult, beautiful, wonderful book. Definitely one of my favorites.

11. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie

12. The Convenient Marriage, by Georgette Heyer.

13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling (re-read).

14. These Old Shades, by Georgette Heyer

15. Devil's Cub, by Georgette Heyer

16. Austenland, by Shannon Hale. I was really interested in reading this book, but in the end it just didn't do it for me--it fell kind
of flat and didn't ring true.

17. April Lady, by Georgette Heyer

18. Tess of the D'urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy. What a beautiful and sad story. The whole book is overspread with this gloomy, fateful tone--you know from the beginning that it can't end well, and yet the ending is strangely satisfying. At least the villain gets his just desserts.

19. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

20. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver. Loved, loved, loved. I need to read more from this lady. Her characters and settings are so real.

21. Sprig Muslin, by Georgette Heyer. Definitely one of my favorite Heyers.

22. Jane Austen and Her Times, 1775-1817, by G. E. Mitton. I enjoyed this biography of Austen written in 1905--it was fun to have a 100-year-old perspective on her.

23. Apollo 13, by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger (formerly titled Lost Moon). Kind of technical, but so interesting because it's such a dramatic true story.

24. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

25. The Toll Gate, by Georgette Heyer

26. Morality for Beautiful Girls, by Alexander McCall Smith. I like this series--it's light and easy reading, but in such a different setting. 

27. Shadows of the Empire, by Steve Perry (re-read). Indulging my slight Star Wars obsession. My brother owns practically every Star Wars novel ever written--some are good, some are terrible (they're all by different authors), but this is one of the better ones, and one of the earliest.

28. Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn (re-read)

29. Dark Force Rising, by Timothy Zahn (re-read)

30. The Last Command, by Timothy Zahn.  (re-read) These three form the Thrawn trilogy, the first (and in my opinion, the best) Star Wars novels. I have to come back to them every once in a while.

31. Regency  Buck, by Georgette Heyer

32. Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens. A very enjoyable read, and, I thought, well-paced. Sometimes Dickens can get bogged down a bit, but this story kept moving, always jumping to a new person right at a key moment to keep you reading.

33. Zoe's Tale, by John Scalzi. Sci-fi lent to me by a friend. I liked it, though it seems to be sort of an alternate POV of some other story that I haven't read. Perhaps I should investigate further.

34. Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte. I was struck by how simply the story was told--nothing romanticized or idealized. Looking at their writing, the Bronte sisters must have been very different people. Though I've never actually read anything by Emily--I know the story of Wuthering Heights and it just doesn't greatly interest me. Jane Eyre, however, is one of my favorites, and I quite enjoyed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is also by Anne. Again, you can see how she tells things like they are, instead of setting up a romanticized fictional world.

35. The Guernsey Literary and Potato-peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Burrows. Love, love, love. Thank you to anyone who recommended it (I think kiwiria in particular). 

36. Daddy Long-legs, by Jean Webster. A sweet epistolary novel--though the letters are all written by one person!

37. A Civil Contract, by Georgette Heyer. Enjoyable, but not my favorite Heyer.

38. Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett. I liked it, and I can see why people like Pratchett, but I think I was not in the right mood for it. It took me much longer to read than it should have.

39. Village School, by "Miss Read" (aka Dora Jessie Saint). Completely charming, about life teaching in a village school in England in the 1950s.

40. The Virginian, by Owen Wister. A great Western--one of the originals of the genre, I believe.

41. Village Diary, by "Miss Read"

42. Storm in the Village, by "Miss Read"

43. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. (Possibly a re-read? I think I read this many years ago.) What a marvelous adventure story. I think every kid should read this. It has everything--pirates, treasure, betrayal, adventure, resourcefulness, and it's uncluttered by any romance. (Not that I have anything against romance, I just think it's important for kids to read books that focus on other things.) And Long John Silver is a fantastic villain.

44. Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis. I love Lewis's writing and I love mythology, so this was a fun read. I had read the story of Cupid and Psyche some time before, but I couldn't remember the details, so the story wasn't spoiled for me.

45. Hiroshima, by John Hersey. True survivor accounts of the bombing of Hiroshima. This is actually a book my brother got for Christmas (he's really interested in physics and the atomic bombs and all that), but I didn't have anything new to read on Christmas Day (the horror!) and he wasn't reading it so I stole it temporarily...


Well, I didn't quite make it to 50 this year, but there were also several books I started and didn't finish. That's always been difficult for me, but I finally decided to give myself permission not to waste my time if I'm not enjoying a book. So, the failure list:

Passenger to Frankfurt, by Agatha Christie. Just bored me.

Beauvallet
, by Georgette Heyer. Too much archaic language. Not as entertaining as Heyer usually is.

Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog!)
, by Jerome K. Jerome. I did enjoy some of the humor, but I wasn't in the right mood for it and I got kind of bored.

The Jane Austen Book Club
, by Karen Joy Fowler. Didn't exactly bore me, I just didn't care for it.

Jack and Jill
, by Louisa May Alcott (I will go back to this one, I just got distracted by something else)

Personal Favorites:


The Poisonwood Bible
Les Miserables
The Guernsey Literary and Potato-peel Pie Society
David Copperfield

Sorry about the underlining...I can't get rid of it right here.

I guess 2010 was characterized by a few heavy tomes interspersed with a lot of light fluff...I had no idea I read so much Georgette Heyer this year. 
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