Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top Reads of 2010

I read 69 books this year, up from 57 in 2009. It must be because I finished school in June. There's a lot more time to read when you're not in grad school. Actually, there's a lot more time for everything else when you're not in grad school.

Here are my top reads for 2010:

Best Overall:
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
This book made me weep, and made my heart hurt a little because it was so true.

Food for Thought:
Two is Enough - A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice by Laura S. Scott
A perspective that is not really talked about and maybe not even that socially accepted.

Best Sunday Afternoon Read:
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Only start this if you have an entire afternoon free, because you won't want to put it down.

Best for the Ethnic Identity Journey:
Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood
Thoughtful and well-written.

Best for Rest:
Sabbath - Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller, may you find plenty of it in 2011.

Thanks for reading with me this year! I'm curious to know what your favorite books were this year...please leave a comment and let me know. I'm always looking for another good book to read.


Grace said...

Ooh, I've been thinking about this ever since you asked us to think about our top reads for the year. Here's my top five:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird.
It was a re-read for me, but this was its 50th anniversary. It's so powerful. It makes me want to be a better person.

2. The Namesake.

3. Moneyball
Fascinating read about the Oakland A's and their frugal, unconventional (computer-y) method of picking great players and winning games. Also it was fun learning more about baseball while the Giants were winning the World Series.

4. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
It took me some time to warm up to it, but I found the characters and the story charming.

5. Finding Contentment by Neil Clark Warren
I read it because Elaine recommended it... and I'm glad I did.

Notorious MLE said...

The Namesake it one of my all time favorite books. I wept... and I use that word specifically reading it. I felt like the events were happening to my own family.

Emily Gee-Clark said...

Seeing as how I only read one book this year, I'll have to choose that one: Pride and Prejudice. I can't wait till
I forget the plot and can read it again in ten years or so. A treat.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reading and writing about it! I have gone to public library and checked out many of the books you have written about, except I try to get the audio CD version whenever possible. I don't get much time to sit and read, but I can clean the house, walk the dog, do the dishes while listening to the books. Love it and best of all, this is all FREE. Love book blogs and love the public library! ~LILY