2010 Reading List

These are the books I’m reading in 2010.

☆  Good              ☆☆  Really good              ☆☆☆  Really, really good

★  Don’t give this one houseroom              No star  Meh

  • Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer ☆
  • Why Kill the Butler by Georgette Heyer ☆
  • The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre ☆☆
  • The Private Patient by P. D. James
  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd ☆
  • Starlight by Andrew M. Greeley ★
  • Disturbing the Universe by Freeman Dyson ☆☆
  • A Writer’s Life by Scott Young ☆
  • Exit lines by Joan Barfoot ☆
  • Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan ☆
  • The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel ☆☆
  • The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky
  • The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
  • Above and Beyond: The Canadians’ War in the Air, 1939-45 by Spencer Dunmore ☆☆
  • Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain ☆
  • The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys ☆☆☆
  • number9dream by David Mitchell ☆☆☆
  • The Virgin’s Knot by Holly Payne ☆☆☆
  • Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris ☆☆
  • Molly: Child Number 583 by Mary Keenan ☆☆☆
  • The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears ☆☆☆
  • Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction by Martin Gilbert ☆☆☆
  • The Spanish Doctor by Matt Cohen ☆☆☆
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger ☆☆☆
  • Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris ☆☆☆
  • Was by Geoff Ryman ☆☆☆
  • The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman ☆☆☆
  • The Green Library by Janice Kulyk Keefer – I honestly don’t know how to rate this one. It infuriated and enthralled me in equal measure. Took such a long time to get into but, on balance, I’m glad I persevered.
  • Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner ☆☆☆
  • Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel ☆☆☆
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson ☆☆☆
  • December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith  ☆☆
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley ☆☆☆
  • Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb ☆☆☆
  • My Fine Feathered Friend by William Grimes ☆☆☆
  • They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer ☆
  • The White Lioness by Henning Mankell ☆☆
  • Ulysses by James Joyce (What can I say? I read it because, like Everest, it was there)
  • February by Lisa Moore ☆☆☆
  • The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley ☆☆☆
  • One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw by Witold Rybczynski ☆
  • Wash This Blood Clean from My Hands by Fred Vargas ☆☆
  • Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant  ☆☆☆
  • The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell ☆☆
  • Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland ☆☆☆
  • Jesus the Good Man, Christ the Scoundrel by Phillip Pullman ☆☆☆
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell ☆☆☆
  • One Step Behind by Henning Mankell ☆☆
  • Coventry by Helen Humphries ☆☆☆
  • Firewall by Henning Mankell ☆☆
  • After the Falls by Catherine Gildiner ☆☆☆
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ☆☆
  • The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau ☆☆
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova ☆☆☆
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham ☆☆
  • Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens ☆☆☆
  • Outward and Visible Signs by Julia Marion Gibert ☆☆☆
  • Half Broke Horses by  Jeannette Walls ☆☆☆
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger ☆☆
  • The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin ☆☆☆
  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif  ☆☆☆
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin ☆☆☆
  • The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood  ☆☆☆
  • Don’t Think Twice by Ruth Pennebaker ☆☆☆
  • Everything in this Country Must by Colum McCann ☆☆☆
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen ☆☆☆
  • A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias ☆☆
  • The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard ☆☆
  • I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman ☆☆
  • Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys ☆☆☆
  • The Complaints by Ian Rankin☆☆
  • Room by Emma Donoghue ☆☆☆
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson ☆☆☆
  • A Texas Family Time Capsule by Ruth Pennebaker ☆☆☆

§ 2 Responses to 2010 Reading List"

  • wisewebwoman says:

    Bishop’s Man? Bishop’s Man?
    I found too many backstories very confusing and the love affair frustratingly unexplored.
    I did love the expose of the cacklick clerick connivings – well done, the damage control particularly.
    He’s not a novelist IMHO but a good journalist.
    Tessa: Do read “Come Thou Tortoise” by Jessica Grant. Best book I’ve read in oh, 6 months.
    Georgette Heyer? Did I read her in high school? worth another look I’d say.
    Yep, I really did enjoy it, as much for the context and characters as for the writing. MacIntyre came to talk to a group I belong to and he said this is the second in a trilogy he’s writing, so I’m thinking if I can get hold of the first one, the backstories might be less confusing. Also, in response to my question, he admitted that he’s no wiser as to the relationship between the sister and her father, but it is the subject of the new book he’s writing.

    I will add “Come Thou Tortoise” to my wish list, but remember I’m not going to be able to get it until 2011, alas!

    I adored Heyer’s Regency romances while I was in high school, so I was thrilled to see them in Borders, when we went to Buffalo after Christmas. Apparently her entire backlist is being re-issued, although I’ve not seen them here yet. I already have all the historical novels, but she also wrote a series of ‘cozies,’ detective novels set in country houses a la Agatha Christie, so I bought a few to read while we were there. They’re light, fluffy stuff, but impeccable writing, which is no less than I would expect from her.

  • wisewebwoman says:

    PS and also February by Lisa Moore – just brill.
    I have a couple of Lisa Moores in the line-up. Not sure if February is among them. If not, will add to the wishlist. Right now I’m mostly ploughing through loaners, so that I can clear them and get on with all the books I bought myself. (Which may be why there are not too many “really enjoyed” in the list so far.)

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