What I liked about 2010
30 December, 2010
I’m all summaried and wrap-up’d out for this year and wasn’t going to do a best of post, but then I thought, hey, it’s a good way to say good bye to 2010. Plus, looking back at the books I’ve read, I’d actually forgotten I’d read some of them. Oops. Brain drain. I read 62 books this year which is a little more than I thought I would as I was calculating a book a week. But this year I have to say that I loved most of the books I read. Maybe I’m getting better at choosing (or maybe I’m narrowing my choices too much…)
So here’s my list of the 10 books that had the strongest impact on me this year (in no particular order):
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary
Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi
The City & the City by China Miéville
The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
The Samurai by Shusaku Endo
The Road from Elephant Pass by Nihal de Silva
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
To Live and To Write: Selections by Japanese Women Writers 1913-1938 edited by Yukiko Tanaka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Hokay, those of you who are eagle-eyed will have noticed that I have listed 11 books and not 10. Heh:) It’s just too hard!
My most frustrating read was Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller and the most surprising which re-awakened my interest in the gothic (of the Anne Rice variety) is Angelology by Daniella Trussardi. And of course I read 3 Terry Pratchett novels which were brilliant as usual.
I also want to mention Charlaine Harris’ the Southern Vampire series (True Blood for the telly addicts) which I’ve been devouring since I bought the set of ten books for a tenner from The Book People. I haven’t reviewed them except for the first one as I’ve been reading them at a pace of a book a day and thought I’d write a post when I’m done. You could call it a mild obsessive phase I’m going through.