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Ask anyone who knows me – I’m a voracious reader. However, being my mother’s daughter, I have a lot of books on my bookshelf and read a lot of murder mysteries. I read over 100 books in 2010, a mixture of new releases and old classics, murder mysteries, historical fiction, and young adult books (this year, at the age of 27, was the first time I read the Chronicles of Narnia!). That being said, here are some of my favorite books (in no particular order) read this year.

The Hunger Games Series (by Suzanne Collins) – a young adult series has not caught my attention as much as this since Harry Potter. A bit violent for a young adult book (I have no idea how this is going to become a movie that isn’t rated R), but a fantastic story.

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

The Help (by Kathryn Stockett)

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (by Louise Murphy) and Sarah’s Key (by Tatiana de Rosnay) – The first is set in Poland during the end of the Nazi occupation while the latter by  is split between present day and WWII-ear France. Both a quick reads but wonderful stories of fighting and survival.


Simply from Scratch (by Alicia Bessette) – The debut novel of Bessette, I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional piece about the widow of a Katrina volunteer

Gone with the Wind (by Margaret Mitchell) – I read this classic for the first time this year and it quickly became one of my all-time favorite books.

Ella Minnow Pea (by Mark Dunn)

The Handmaid’s Tale (by Margaret Atwood)

Interesting Blog Stats

In the 14 months I had been working on this blog (November 2009 – December 2010), I only posted 22 book-related posts. My bad. I’ll try to get better about that for 2011. Part of the reason for this is that I have pretty high standards for which books I review and post about. So my trashy murder mysteries, as I like to call them, usually don’t merit a post, in my book. Perhaps it’s time to revise that policy, or to starts reading better books! 🙂

By far, my most popular book-related posts have been my Nook-ADE How To and the Nook tutorial, Removing Books. My stats for my book reviews were pretty low. Again, I’ll have to work on that.

Happy Reading in 2011!

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