Here are my Top 6 books read in 2010:
1. "Mathilda Savitch"- A great writer and storyteller with an amazing ear. I hope the author writes another book soon.
2. "Hunting & Gathering" - Dreamy. Romantic. Chick lit in Paris - chic lit?
3. "The Man with the Golden Arm" - A classic you should read. Language is absolute poetry while telling the story of drifters and bums.
4. "The Fifth Woman" - 2010 brought the discovery of the Kurt Wallander detective series. This one is strong enough to stand on its own.
5. "The Girl Who Played with Fire" - Yes, the Millennium Trilogy deserves all the hype. This is the 2nd one and my favorite of the three. Again, strong enough to be on its own. You know when a book review says you can't put the book down? For this one it's true - be prepared to cancel plans in order to finish.
6. "Shoplifting from American Apparel" - Tao Lin. What can you say? Is it an act? Or is he a genius? Looking forward to reading the novel I bought when we saw him in person.
2010 was a good year in reading. I wanted to read more non-fiction and looking at my full list of books for 2010 I did not have as much non-fiction as I thought. And it was all about North Korea! But that's ok - I am fascinated by the country and already have my eye on a few North Korean books for 2011.
2010 was also the year I purchased an e-reader. An iPad to be exact. I love it. I had someone say to me on New Year's Eve that they don't like the iPad as a reader. I think he was jealous. I find the reader very easy on the eyes and I wear bifocals. I have also downloaded the Kindle app and will try that format for an upcoming book.
I started a new job in 2010 which requires travel and I have been in a car a lot more than recent years. I have started trying out books on CD and find I enjoy them for long car rides. Sure beats flipping through bad radio stations. So perhaps the big change in 2010 was the way I consumed the content. Although all of my Top 6 books were read in print. That may be different in 2011, we will see what the year brings. I think 2011 may also bring some re-reads. I have a few books I have been thinking about, and even though I do have a lot of new books to read, I think there may be a few titles I re-read this year. That is not such a bad problem to have!
Happy 2011 to everyone! I hope you are able to take as much time as you like to read in the new year.
**I just compared my LibraryThing list for 2010 and found that I left a book out so I ended up with 51 for 2010. I keep the main list in LibraryThing and had left off "Nothing to Envy". Then I had left 2 books off my running list on the blog so, all in all, 51 for this year. Not too shabby.