I read 38 books in 2010, some of them were amazing and others...not so much... :)
Stand out favorites were:
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie. My roommate was in this play in college so I decided to read it. I read a Poirot story by Christie as well and decided I like Miss Marple better.
Sense & Sensibility (insight edition) by Jane Austen (and Bethany House) - I'm working my way through all of Austen and I'm not *so* in love with every single one. This one, however, was excellent and I really enjoyed the "insight edition" done by Bethany House. It reminded me of reading from a Norton Anthology where they have all the interesting tidbits in the margin only this was more like reading the book along with a friend who was having the same thoughts as you were.
God of the Hive by Laurie R. King - I wasn't as impressed with the first half (The Language of Bees - which must be read prior to this one) but I absolutely love the whole Mary Russell series and am well on my way to owning all of them.
Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson - a kidlit book with a fantastic take on faery lore, this is number two in the series and I highly recommend them both.
Sarah Addison Allen - read all of her books. Seriously. They are magical in a really unconventional way and I was delighted by them. Thank you Cat for the recommendation.
The Sandy Knoll Murder, Legacy of the Sheepshooters by Melany Tupper - SO not what I was expecting but it was historical, factual, well researched and totally fascinating story about a famous murder in a little town in Oregon.
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card - I read this book a few years ago and liked it and I liked it even more the second time around. It's a fantastic blend of folklore and modernity and it makes you really believe the fairy tales are true.
Not even close to favorites were:
Fair Blows the Wind by Louis L'Amour - I love L'Amour and I almost couldn't finish this one. It would have been fine if he hadn't gone 60 pages in with one story and then taken up the next 275 with a completely different story and gone back to the original one for the last 30 pages. That's not a literal page count but it feels pretty darn close. If you want to read one of his many fantastic books, don't make it this one.
Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - this one felt like reading the diary of a crazy person and I thought I was going to go crazy myself.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith - I have to confess I didn't even finish this one. I thought it would be funny but really it was just awful. Someone on facebook said this book was like taking Huck Finn and replacing all the dialogue with Chuck Norris facts and I think that was a pretty good description of what odd butchery it was.
You read anything else on my list and you should be alright, just avoid those unless you seriously want a challenge. :)
Did you read any good books this year?
- Rainy Days - Lory Lilian
- Tuck - Stephen R. Lawhead
- Persuasion - Jane Austen
- The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
- Notes From the Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Fair Blows The Wind - Louis L'Amour
- Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler
- Masquerade - Nancy Moser
- Darcy's Story - Janet Aylmer
- The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
- Enchantment - Orson Scott Card
- The Anodyne Necklace - Martha Grimes
- The Sandy Knoll Murder, Legacy of the Sheepshooters - Melany Tupper
- Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler
- The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
- The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
- Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
- The Pirates! In An Adventure with Communists - Gideon Defoe
- Assumed Engagement - Kara Louise
- Wayfarer - R. J. Anderson
- Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
- A Constant Heart - Siri Mitchell
- Deadly Nightshade - Mary Freeman
- Fan Mail - Ronald Munson
- Sixteen Brides - Stephanie Grace Whitson
- God of the Hive - Laurie R. King
- Finger Lickin' Fifteen - Janet Evanovich
- Fancy Pants - Cathy Marie Hake
- Plum Lovin' - Janet Evanovich
- Rapture of the Deep - L.A. Meyer
- True Grit - Charles Portis
- Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich
- Suspense and Sensibility - Carrie Bebris
- Sense and Sensibility insight edition - Jane Austen
- Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
- Visions of Sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich
- The Language of Bees - Laurie R. King
- A Murder is Announced - Agatha Christie