2010 in books: the definitive version

as always, * signifies a reread

January

1. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming – Joshilyn Jackson
2. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson*
3. The Kindness of Strangers – Katrina Kittle*
4. The Code of the Woosters – P.G. Wodehouse
5. The Purity Myth – Jessica Valenti

February

1. Lost Tribe – ed. Paul Zakrezwski
2. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
3. All Families Are Psychotic – Douglas Coupland
4. Making Money – Terry Pratchett*
5. Men At Arms – Terry Pratchett*
6. Jingo – Terry Pratchett*
7. Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (audio)*
8. A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore (audio)*
9. Mort – Terry Pratchett*
10. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
11. The Love Wife – Gish Jen
12. Boy Meets Girl – Meg Cabot*
13. The Boy Next Door – Meg Cabot*
14. How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read – Pierre Bayard

March

1. Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer
2. The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler
3. The Shack – W Paul Young
4. Light Fell – Evan Fallenberg
5. N or M? – Agatha Christie*
6. The World According to Garp – John Irving*
7. Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeiffer
8. Dorsvloer Vol Confetti – Franca Treur
9. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
10. gods in Alabama – Joshilyn Jackson*

April

1. Big Mouth And Ugly Girl – Joyce Carol Oates
2. Zeitoun – Dave Eggers
3. Mannen die Vrouwen Haten – Stieg Larsson
4. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Volume 1) – Bill Watterson*
5. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Volume 2) –
Bill Watterson*

May

1. I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
2. Haar Naam Was Sarah – Tatiana de Rosnay
3. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, volume 3 – Bill Watterson*
4. Ik wil het gewoon vertellen: over vrouwenlidmaatschap van de SGP – Riet Grabijn-van Putten
5. Waanzee – Robert Haasnoot
6. De vrouw die met vuur speelde – Stieg Larsson
7. The Kid: what happened after my boyfriend and I decided to go get pregnant – Dan Savage*
8. Little Bird of Heaven – Joyce Carol Oates
9. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

June

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
2. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson*
3. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove – Christopher Moore*
4. You Suck! A Love Story – Christopher Moore
5. Bloodsucking Fiends – Christopher Moore*
6. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday – Alexander McCall Smith
7. Making Money – Terry Pratchett*
8. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith (audio)*
9. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
10. The Host – Stephanie Meyer

July & August

1. A Pelican at Blandings – P.G. Wodehouse
2. Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follet
3. The Lazarus Project – Aleksandar Hemon
4. Neither Here nor There – Bill Bryson
5. The Deception of the Emerald Ring – Lauren Willig*
6. Maskerade – Terry Pratchett*
7. The Cat Who Went Bananas – Lilian Jackson Braun*
8. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart
9. The Truth – Terry Pratchett*
10. A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore (audio)*
11. The Blessings of the Animals – Katrina Kittle
12. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet – Reif Larsson

September

1. How to be Good – Nick Hornby*
2. The Believers – Zoe Heller*
3. The Blessings of the Animals – Katrina Kittle*
4. Jingo – Terry Pratchett*
5. Alleen maar nette mensen – Robert Vuijsje
6. Feet of Clay – Terry Pratchett*
7. Vertalen wat er staat – Arthur Langeveld

October

1. Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
2. Going Postal – Terry Pratchett
3. Lucky – Carl Hiassen
4. Stormy Weather – Carl Hiassen*
5.
Pretend You Don’t See Her – Mary Higgins Clark*
6. Let Me Call You Sweetheart – Mary Higgins Clark*
7. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn*
8. False Impressions – Jeffrey Archer*
9. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
10. The Writing on my Forehead – Nafisa Haji
11. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
12. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins*

November

1. Cruel and Unusual – Patricia Cornwell*
2. Predator – Patricia Cornwell*
3. The Book of the Dead – Patricia Cornwell
4. The Scarpetta Factor – Patricia Cornwell
5. Scarpetta
– Patricia Cornwell
6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies –
Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (audio)*
7. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County –
Tiffany Baker
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
– J.K. Rowling*
9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling*
10. The Abstinence Teacher – Tom Perrotta

December

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling*
2. Our Tragic Universe – Scarlett Thomas
3. Monstrous Regiment – Terry Pratchett*
4. Making Money – Terry Pratchett*
5. How Starbucks Saved My Life – Michael Gates Gill
6. Standing in the Rainbow – Fannie Flagg*
7. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! – Fannie Flagg*
8. Very Good, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
9. The Blessings of the Animals – Katrina Kittle*

[52 new – 48 old – 5 audio – 105/2010]

I think I did pretty well – I wanted to read at least 100 books and I did. I’ve always liked rereading books, so the close split between new reads and rereads doesn’t surprise me. I can see many of my favorite authors on this list, some of them multiple times: P.G. Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett, Winifred Watson, John Irving, Joshilyn Jackson, Fannie Flagg, Jonathan Franzen, E. Lockhart, Joyce Carol Oates…plus some new discoveries: Suzanne Collins, Reif Larsson, Aleksander Hemon, Franca Treur, Stieg Larsson. 2010 was also the year I rediscovered the library and how much fun it is to bring home six or seven books at the same time, choosing between them at home and seeing the pile slowly separate into new and old before I’d bring them back and start the process anew. Let’s hope 2011 contains most of the same joy that reading brings me.

3 thoughts on “2010 in books: the definitive version

  1. me says:

    A reread within a month? that really is bizarre.

    By the way, i didn’t read any of them (shame on me? shame on you?).

    By the way two, my last book was a reread, don’t be shocke, it was(/were) the brothers karamazov.

    • Rereading great russian lit, that’s certainly good (and farther than most people get!) I’ll make sure to add that book to my definitive list of 2011..

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