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January 5, 2011

2010 in Books

Filed under: Favorite Books,Literary Tidbits — Esther @ 11:17 am

2010 was quite a year for books!  This year, I read 53 books.  The first book that I read last January was “Her Fearful Symmetry” by Audrey Niffenegger; the last, “Faithful Place” by Tana French.  “Her Fearful Symmetry” takes place in London, and “Faithful Place” takes place in Dublin.  In between these two, I’ve visited India, Ethiopia, China, Viet Nam, Hawaii, Japan, Sweden, Israel, Russia, Italy, Indonesia, Canada, many areas of the United States, and even my own home town of Baltimore.

In looking back through my list of books, some of them stand out as truly memorable.  There are others that are, sadly, forgettable.  I read books from favorite authors, and from new authors.  I read some memoirs, and some non-fiction, although the majority of the books were fiction.

Now, as a new year is upon us, I am considering which book I would consider as my own personal “Book of the Year”.  Here are some of the contenders:

“The Linnet Bird” by Linda Holeman was the fascinating tale of a young English prostitute.  This book was a favorite of The Friday Morning Book Club, and it was certainly a favorite of mine.

Another book club choice was “My Enemy’s Cradle” by Sara Young.  Set during World War II, during the Nazi regime, this book told of Germany’s “lebenhausen” program – where young Aryan girls were impregnated by German officers and sent to live in special homes where their babies could be raised to further the “superior” German race.

I was totally engrossed in “Moloka’i” by Alan Brennert.  Set on the island of Molokai, in Hawaii, this historical novel tells of the formation of the leper colony there, through the story of a young girl taken from her family when she is diagnosed with leprosy.

Fans of Victorian fiction are sure to enjoy “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield.  A young woman travels to the mansion of one of England’s greatest woman authors to help this woman write her memoirs.  A mysterious twin, locked rooms, dark secrets all lead to a suspenseful tale and a real page turner.

“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese was on many Best Books of the Year list.  I found it to be totally engrossing, and enjoyed it from the very first page to the last.

Adrienne Sharp’s “The True Memoirs of Little K” totally blew me away.  Maybe because the author is a childhood friend, I was particularly impressed by all of the research that went into this book.  Adrienne grew up across the street from me – how could she so beautifully and accurately describe Romanov-era Russia?  And the story itself, based on fact, was part love story, part suspense, part history. I loved it.

How can I choose just one book as a favorite?  At the time I read each one, I was thoroughly enjoying it.  Now, at the beginning of 2011, I am embarking on a new year of reading.  How many books can I read this year?  I am already well into my first book….I’ll let you guess what that one is!



  1. 53 books! I’m impressed!

    Comment by susanbright — January 5, 2011 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

  2. That is a very good idea. I am going to keep a record of the books I read this year.

    Comment by Allison — January 6, 2011 @ 11:52 am | Reply

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