Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 Book List Review

Yea! I completed my 2010 book list, plus some. That makes a total of 61 books. Here are my picks for best in their categories.

Classical Fiction:

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee: Best [tie]
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas: Best [tie]
The Time Traveler's Wife: Worst, frankly I found this book very creepy
Crime & Punishment: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Mystery:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
The Postman Always Rings Twice,James Cain
Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith: Best
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
Anatomy of a Murder, Robert Traver

Inspirational/Spiritual:
The Road Less Traveled, M.Scott Peck
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
I & Thou, Martin Buber
Letters & Papers from Prison, Dietrich Bonheoffer: Best
The Story of a Soul, St. Therese of Lisieux
Waiting for God, Simone Weil

Biographies:
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Means of Ascent, Robert Caro: Best
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
Eisenhower: Soldier & President, Stephen Ambrose
Dale Carnegie: The Man Who Influenced Millions, Giles Kemp
A Narrative of the Life of Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett

Historical Fiction:
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell: Best [tie]
The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
The Good Earth, Pearl Buck [tie]

Science Fiction:
1984, George Orwell
Foundation, Isaac Asimov
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut: Best
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula LeGuin

Book Club Selections:
Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck
Tell No One, Harlan Coben
Moloka'i, Alan Brennart: Read it
The Help, Kathryn Stockett: Loved it
The Commoner, John Schwartz
Blessings, Anna Quindlen (second time I read it and still didn't like it)
Chance of a Lifetime, William Hartel
The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak (read this and then read Anne Frank's diary)

(Additions to original book list)

The Faithful Spy, Alex Berenson excellent modern spy novel
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot non-fiction worth reading
The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton
The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
Gift From the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Tea Rose, Jennifer Donnelly don't waste your time
Secrets of Eden, Chris Bohjalian
The Cellist of Sarajevo, Steven Galloway so good, but so depressing
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner a classic for a reason
The Darling, Russell Banks
Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy Best addition to my book list
The Magnificent Ambersons,Booth Tarkington
The Post-Birthday World, Lionel Shriver (really unique, left me thinking about it for a long time)
The Lovely Bones, Alice Siebold
Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel
The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck
Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet On Everything, Kevin Cook Fun read about a real, larger-than-life guy you've never heard of
Nemesis, Philip Roth excellent!
Paradise Junction, Phillip Finch
In A Place Dark and Secret, Phillip Finch
Rape, A Love Story, Joyce Carol Oates Best Title
Decision Points, George W. Bush

Tomorrow I'm unveiling my 2011 Book List.

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