Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner but together this fabulous survey for the 2010 reading year. 48 books and 17,398 pages…. It was a pretty good reading year.
Best Books of 2010:
Let’s pick the top 5. These books are in random order and do not include books that I reread this year (so that’s why books like Villette aren’t listed):
- Frost in May by Antonia White
- The Priory by Dorothy Whipple
- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
- The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham
- The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
Worst Book of 2010:
Hands down, Crime and Punishment. I couldn’t even bring myself to finish the book. It sucked and I had NO SYMPATHY for the protagonist.
Most Disappointing Book of 2010:
Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves. It lack the richness of The Historian and I didn’t care for any of the characters.
Most Surprising Book (in a good way!) of 2010:
Black Plumes by Margery Allingham. I’ve never read Allingham before and this vintage mystery was devoured in the span of a summer afternoon. I must read more of her books this year!
Book You Recommended the Most to People in 2010:
Frost in May by Antonia White. I lent this book to a friend at work and purchased a copy for a Christmas gift for another friend. I loved this book!
Best Series You Discovered in 2010:
I wouldn’t say I “discovered” a series, but I read one standalone book by Sharon Kay Penman (The Sunne in Splendour) and now I want to read all of her other books which just so happens to comprise several historical novel series.
Favorite New Authors Discovered in 2010:
Antonia White, Kate Morton, Susan Higginbotham, Sharon Kay Penman, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Elizabeth Gaskell, Margery Allingham, Dorothy Whipple and Rosamund Lehmann
Most Hilarious Read of 2010:
The Sweet Dove Died by Barbara Pym. It was hilarious in a subtle, snarky way.
Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book of 2010:
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. Loved it!
Book You Most Anticipated in 2010:
The Priory by Dorothy Whipple. I had to snag this one via interlibrary loan.
Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2010:
Most Memorable Character of 2010:
Mrs. Ramsey from To the Lighthouse and Lucy Snowe from Villette
Most Beautifully Written Book in 2010:
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2010:
The Sunne in Splendour. It consumed me for well over a month. I couldn’t get enough.
Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2010 to Read:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I can’t believe I waited until 2010 to read Elizabeth Gaskell. She is a phenomenal Victorian author and I will certainly be reading more of her in 2011.
How about you? How does your 2010 reading stack up?