The year is half over(!!!), and I’ve been seeing a few midyear review posts around so I thought I’d do one too. Because I’m so wordy, I decided to break it into two posts.
Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year
At the halfway point of the year and with 69 books under my belt, I thought it would be fun to list my Top 10 Reads of 2010 So Far. It’ll be interesting to see how many of these will make my final list for the year. I’m sure of at least 5 of them! By the way, these are not listed in any particular order.
- Columbine by Dave Cullen – I haven’t written my review yet, but this non-fiction book about the Columbine school shootings was so gripping and haunting that I still find myself thinking about it weeks afterwards.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I could kick myself for not reading this book sooner. (And yet another one I still need to write my review for). Narrated by Death, this WWII novel set in Germany and focusing on a young German girl was immensely moving, original and involving.
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – I just love a good twist in a book, and this book had them in spades! Plus any Victorian era novel that doesn’t have me fleeing in horror has got to be darn good!
- The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson – I started the series on a lark to see what all the fuss was about and devoured them all in just a few months. I’m just glad I waited long enough so that all three were available for me to read one after another. Nothing like finding a gripping series and having to wait for the next book to come out.
- Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon – This book of essays had me enthralled from the first page, and it made me realize how a talented writer can use the English language brilliantly while writing about the most mundane and ordinary of things.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – I was surprised how enjoyable and fun this book was to read. It was the first epistolary novel I’ve ever read, and I loved it.
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova – A novel about Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view, this book will break your heart while giving you a haunting look at this horrible disease from the inside out. It reduced me to a puddle of tears.
- How I Became A Famous Novelist by Steve Hely – I thought this book–a satire/parody of popular fiction and publishing–was a hoot. Although a bit uneven (the last part drags a bit), I was laughing to myself throughout and know I’ll be going back to revisit it when I need a pick-me-up.
- How To Get Things Really Flat by Andrew Martin – Another comedic book! This one was about housekeeping by a man for men. Filled with humor as well as practical cleaning advice, it makes me wish cleaning toilets was as fun as this book.
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – A cozy mystery with one of the most intriguing detectives I’ve ever met–11-year-old Flavia De Luce. Flavia is the star attraction in these books. I bet you’ve never met anyone as precocious, charming and brilliant as her. A truly delightful read.