Books of 2010

Pictured above are the books I managed to finish between June and December of 2010. Out of all of the books I read this year, the top three that I would recommend you read are: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Room by Emma Donoghue and Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt. I am kind of struggling through the book I’m reading at the moment, so hopefully I can finish that off early in the New Year and start on something else.

17 Thoughts on “Books of 2010

  1. Did you like the unbearable lightness of being? It’s one of my favourite books 🙂

  2. What are you reading at the moment?

    I was going to do a Top 10 book post for my other blog, but I couldn’t think of ten books I liked this year. I didn’t really read much – I spent way too much time watching the idiot box instead (hence the post on Top 10 TV shows).

  3. I just ordered Never Let Me Go from the Book Depository. Although all the descriptions I read of it were so vague I cheated a little and checked the start of its Wikipedia entry and know a fairly important point from the start.

    I’m a bit like Dee – I’d like to do a top 10 books but I can’t remember what books I read this year and have spent more time with blogs than paper pages this year.

    I did recently read The Hunger Games and really liked it, plus the Lady Julia Grey series. The latter was fantastic – for some reason it was in romance but it’s a female Sherlock Holmes style detective series set in London in the mid 1800s. I think there’s one kiss in it so I don’t get the romance.

    I have about 50 unread books next to my bedside table. I’m slowly weaning myself off the habit.

  4. Did you review “The Blind Assassin’ ? It’s probably wrong that I would buy the book just based on the cover. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like this year, these are great suggestions to get me started for next year.

    • I did, I will copy and paste here because it’s easier:

      06: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
      This book made me want to read more by Margaret Atwood. It was beautifully written, captivating and I fell absolutely in love with the characters Iris & Laura. The fact that the revealing of the characters in “The Blind Assassin” (the story within the story) didn’t come until later in the book was quite hard to follow at first. After a few chapters it’s easier to understand the flow of the book, and you can easily get lost in the story. The ending didn’t come as much of a shock to me, as I had sort of figured out what was happening around halfway through the book (not thanks to Wikipedia this time…) but I was still in tears while reading the last chapter. A beautiful, moving book that I will definitely re-read in the future.

  5. Great list! I read Boy in the Striped Pyjamas a while ago and loved it, I have the same issue – SO many unread books on my shelf yet I keep buying more…

  6. With The Road and On the Beach (and the stories you’re reading currently), you must have a thing for apocalypse! I read Never Let Me Go (as well as The Remains of the Day and An Artist of the Floating World) this year; Kazuo Ishiguro can write a story that engages you but seems to never deliver. I was dissapointed by all three. I’m currently reading The Crow Road by Iain Banks and enjoying it if you’re looking for suggestions!

    • I do have a thing for the apocalypse! Though I am yet to find a decent book that suits the kind of themes I like. (though The Road came close) LOVED the list of 1001 books on your site, though I had read an embarrassingly small amount of them! I will check out The Crow Road next time I place a book order! 🙂

  7. I am thinking of reading the three books you recomended. I am one who does judge books by the cover (i know you shouldnt) but if the cover is pretty i am more likely to want to read it. So far this has actually worked for me and all the books i have read have been good

    • Do let me know what you think of the books if you read them! I have leant out my copies of Room and The Road at the book club I attend with my girlfriends and everyone who has read them loved them both!

      • I definately will when i get to them. I have added them to my list of books to read. However, like you i have a shelf FULL of books to read so it may be a while before i get the time to read them.

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  9. I really liked your blog! It helped me alot…

  10. I love The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas! I am currently reading Never Let Me Go (after seeing the preview for the movie, I am a sucker for anything with Carey in it), and I am really enjoying it!

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