2010 Reading List:
** = Definitely recommend
* = Enjoyed a lot
^^ = Stay far, far away.
1. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner**
2. Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
3. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
4. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright^^
5. Lost: Endangered Species by Cathy Hapka^^
6. Desperate Measures by David Morrell
7. Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving*
8. Possession by AS Byatt**
9. Edward Trencom’s Nose by Giles Milton^^
10. 60 Stories by David Bartholeme**
11. Majestic Descending by Mitchell Graham
12. The Unpossessed City by Jon Fasman^^
13. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon**
14. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde**
15. The Inheritance by Tom Savage**
16. The Cider House Rules by John Irving**
17. Valentine by Tom Savage*
18. The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly*
19. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde**
20. Precipice by Tom Savage
21. Burnt Sienna by David Morrell
22. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde**
23. Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman*
24. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner^^
25. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
26. The Fourth Hand by John Irving
27. Scavenger by Tom Savage
28. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie**
29. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde**
30. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold*
31. The Road by Cormac McCarthy^^
32. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield**
33. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd*
34. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde**
35. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
36. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby^^
37. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau**
38. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 by Arthur Conan Doyle**
-A Study in Scarlet
-The Sign of the Four
-The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
-The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
-The Hound of the Baskervilles
39. Atonement by Ian McEwan**
40. The Grail Conspiracy by Lynne Sholes and Joe Moore*
41. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
42. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde**
43. The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha*
44. Invasion by Robin Cook
45. The Last Secret by Lynne Sholes and Joe Moore
46. Eager by Helen Fox**
47. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde**
48. The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips
49. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde**
50. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie*
51. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling**
52. Guys and Dolls: The Stories of Damon Runyon by Damon Runyon*
53. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving*
54. The Children of Men by P.D. James
55. Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin**
56. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan**
57. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan**
58. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan**
59. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan**
60. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan**
61. The Book of Lies by David Meltzer
62. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
63. Room by Emma Donoghue**
64. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley**
65. The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan**
Only two were books I had read before (Freakonomics and Harry Potter).
Biggest surprises (good and bad):
-The Thirteenth Tale.
Did not expect to like it at all, but it was one of the best books I read.
LOVED it. Especially Hound of the Baskervilles. Amazing literature. Also love the new BBC Sherlock series.
I enjoyed it, but it was not as amazing as I expected it to be based on what everyone has said about it.
-Freddy and Fredericka.
I had never even heard of it; I just stumbled upon it in the clearance section at Half-Price Books, but it was one of the funniest books I've ever read
-The Children of Men.
I loved the movie and knew going in that the book was drastically different, but I was surprised at how
different. I didn't really like the book. The movie approached the subject a lot better, I feel.
-The Gun Seller.
Hugh Laurie the actor wrote this one, and he is good
. Perfect British spy thriller with the right amount of humor. Or, since it's British, humour.
I've always wanted to read his books, but never actually did. In 2010 I read all 8, and each one I read was better than the last. I'm excited for the new one due out in March.
Oh my goodness. Young adult books but SO good. Engaging, educational, and suspenseful. I absolutely devoured them. And screw the haters; I thought the movie was great, too.
-Life of Pi.
I'm one of the weird ones who wanted this book to be about math. Since it wasn't, I always avoided it, thinking it seemed boring. It was recommended to me several times by different people, and it was at HPB for one dollar, so I went ahead and picked it up. And it was... weird. Really can't describe it any other way. I don't even know if I liked it or hated it. I don't know what I think of it. All I know is the turtle butchering description made my heart hurt.
-Hotel New Hampshire.
I loved this book. I did. But I would actually not recommend it to people because it was ruined by a brother-sister incest plot that ran through the entire novel (and, yes, the relationship was consummated. Consensually.). This book would be close to perfect if that plot line was removed (and the other plot lines would not suffer one bit). Plus, it started a disturbing trend on my reading list. Five books I read had surprise incestuous relationships. Gross.
-The Cider House Rules.
John Irving is a very inconsistent writer, which is why I enjoy reading him so much. I never know if I'm going to be reading a pile of crap or a masterpiece. This book was a masterpiece. It's not for people who are touchy about abortion (I'm against abortion, but love this book despite it's pro-choice stance). But if you can accept that the main character is an abortionist and makes no excuses for it, this book is about as close to perfect as you can get. (As a note, this book does have incest, but it's in the form of abuse, and the book definitely makes it clear that it is not okay)
-The Lost Symbol.
Apparently Dan Brown ran out of ideas. I love DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, but this book was so boring. The twist at the end was pretty good, though.