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.
- The Hunger Games
- Catching Fire
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! 🙂
Happy Reading in 2011!