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Top 10 Books i Read in 2010

December 28, 2010

Time for another Top 10 Tuesday.  Brought to you once again by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is something i was dreading.  i read a lot of really amazing books this year.  So before i start listing i’ll just put these few things out there:

– These were not all published in 2010, they are just books i read in 2010

– They aren’t in any particular order.

– It was really hard to choose just 10 and as i’m writing i’m still feeling guilty for not choosing some to go on the list.

So here we go. . .

1. Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb   As i’ve mentioned before Wally Lamb is tied for my favorite author, so obviously i will buy his books before knowing anything about them.  i had this book in 2009 but saved it to read on my birthday.  If you’ve ever read any of Wally Lamb’s other books you know that they can be pretty heavy at times.  This was a nice break from the heavy stuff without losing any of the things i love about his writing.  i’m a huge sucker for pop culture references in quality literature and Wally Lamb always comes through for me.  Oh, and this book made me laugh out loud to the point where i had to put the book down a few times.

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan   i feel like i shouldn’t have to explain anything once you’ve read the names John Green and David Levithan.  i was in love from page 1.  There were moments in this book that were so emotionally raw it hurt, parts that made me cry, or ache, parts that i laughed at, and parts that made me feel so warm and okay with the world.  That’s pretty amazing for one book.  Oh yeah, and you can ask any of my good friends, i’ve always loved the name Isaac- so Tiny Cooper’s admiration for the name clinched the book in my heart forever.

3. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson  If you’ve read my other blog entries you know what a huge impact Speak had on my life.  And i’ve loved Laurie Halse Anderson’s other books as well so it’s no surprise to see this title in my top 10.  There are many books out there that deal with “issues” and some of them just fall short of everything i hope they will be.  They feel flat and forced.  Wintergirls is anything but.  i’m often amazed when i read a book like this that so much emotion and grit and pain and honesty can fit into such a tiny package.  It feels like it should take a million pages to say everything that is said but it doesn’t.

4. The Informant by Kurt Eichanwald   Yes, i know this was a movie that came out last year.  i did see the movie but i waited until after i read the book.  i read the book because one day i was driving home from work and NPR was on as it usually was.  They were talking about some sort of farm chemical thing or another and i was thinking about turning on a cd but i didn’t.  All of the sudden i was enthralled by the story of one man’s lies and charades and the way he seemed to believe everything himself.  i ended up sitting in my car in the parking lot of my apartment because i didn’t want to risk missing anything.  It ended up being a re-broadcast of an episode of This American Life talking about The Informant.  i bought the book shortly after.  There are times when it gets a little dense but i could not put it down.  i never thought a book about price fixing could be so fascinating.

5. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart   i love books that take place at boarding schools.  i still wish that i would have gone to one.  And i love the character of Frankie.  Having gone to a women’s college and having taken a decent amount of women’s studies classes i love Frankie for trying to point out the male dominance at her school.  i like the mysterious qualities even though this isn’t a mystery.  And i loved Frankie’s love of imagined positives, it left me completely gruntled.

 

6. Sprout by Dale Peck  i reviewed this one on my blog earlier here so you can feel free to read what i had to say there.  Basically i love the idea of a dictionary playing a major role.  And the format of the book was interesting and new.  The awkward was written well and the sweet wasn’t saccharine.  All in all it was a lovely surprise.

 

7. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler  Again, i already wrote about this one here and i don’t have anything very different to say.  This was just a really beautifully written book with an amazing friendship between two girls both grieving in their own ways.

 

8. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson   i’ve seen this one pop up on a few other blogger’s Top 10 lists so you know this one has to be good.  i’ve always wanted to go on a real road trip.  A road trip like Amy and Roger have in this book.  But not for the same reasons, obviously.  i love the mixed media-ness that comes into play.  If i let myself do what i would really like, i would spend a fortune creating the exact playlists from this book.  Oh and if someone can tell me that there really are Hike-u sessions in Yellowstone you will make my life (well after i get to participate in one.)

 

9. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan  i don’t know how much i can say about this book without beginning to blabber incoherently and leaving a puddle of drool on my desk.  Love love love.  For real though my heart is aching with love for this book and for the bit of sadness in me that i don’t have my own Dash/Lily (i make up very very clear parts of both of them so i need a combination of the two in a Lily package)

 

10. King of the Screwups by K.L. Going  i randomly grabbed this at the library a few weeks ago because i liked the cover.  i’m so glad i did.  There is Liam in all of us and reading it was heartbreaking and eye-opening.  There were parts when i wanted to shake Liam and Aunt Pete and Darleen.  There were definitely parts that i wanted to read an extended version of what happened.  But overall i loved and accepted it the way it was because that’s sort of what the book is all about.

 

 

Until next week when i let you know what books i’m resolving to read in 2011   (going to try to get some reviews up soon, the books just keep calling to me though)

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2 comments

  1. Great list. Several I am seeking out for 2011.

    Here is my Top 10 list: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-ten-books-ive-read-in-2010.html


  2. Your list (My comment):
    1. Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb (It’s been a while since I read anything by Lamb…sounds like it is time for a new one)

    2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (This is on my Top Ten, too!) Loved it!)

    3. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (I read it last year and was a favorite)
    5. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (I love Frankie. She has so much spunk!)
    7. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (this got quite a bit of attention during Banned Books Week)
    8. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (This is now on my TBR Pile)
    9. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (I am reading this right now)
    10. King of the Screwups by K.L. Going (Have you read Fat Kid Rules the World by Going? I am a huge fan)
    Please visit my blog:
    http://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com
    -Anne



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