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Best Reads of 2010...Tid Bits and Fantastic Finds


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Here are my selections in various categories of the books I read this year. Please let me know some of your favorites...I am always looking for the next 'best' book!

Best Fiction:
March by Geraldine Brooks (The father of "Little Women" fame tells what happened when he joined the Civil War...now I know why it won the Pulitzer)

Best Non-Fiction (Tie):
Columbine by David Cullen (Investigative Journalism, very well-written, inside the families, before and after, numerous surprises)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot ( Investigative Journalism, Moving story of the woman who died of cancer before knowing her cells lived on to advance genetic testing, cloning, cancer research, and launched a medical revolution...fascinating!)

Best Suspense:
Place Last Seen by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman (Dramatic telling of the search for a missing child...beautifully written!)

Best Older Book: (Not Published in the last ten yrs.)
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Young girl journals about her family's life living in a ancient castle & dealing with poverty in rural England...great humor)
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien (Failed politician has flash backs of involvement in My Lei Massacre when wife disappears....unsettling and fantastic!)

Best Inspirational/Spiritual Reads:(Still reading these)
How Strong Women Pray by Bonnie St.John (Successful Handicapped women tells her story while adding selections from other women leader as to how they pray)
A Room Called Remember by Frederick Buechner (Essays that provoke thought and initiates belief by a master Christian writer)

Best Debut (first book by an author)
Room by Emma Donoghue (Five year old Jack & Ma, survivors of years of solitary confinement...told from Jack's perspective & his immense heart!)

Best New Find: (Book by a new-to-me author)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (A tragic beginning for a 12 year-old is put into perspective when her great Aunt allows her a new life in Savannah, Ga. Great story!)

Best Memoir:
The Mistress's Daughter by A.M. Homes (Homes' search & reunion w/ her birth father turns up some unexpected family issues, humorous)

Worth Checking Into (Books I would highly recommend, the top reads of 2010):

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard (Depressed single mom & son take in an escaped con...told from the son's perspective, up-lifting)
The Box Garden by Carol Shields (I had forgotten how much I enjoy her writing...middle aged single mom, returns home for her mother's wedding)
Oxygen by Carol Cassella (Medical suspense written by a medical doc., plus she can write...)
Without a Backward Glance by Kate Veitch (mother leaves her four children in Aussie then tries to mend their relationship; told in varying viewpts., well written)
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (Teacher helps islanders' children...unique)
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (Canadian professor flashes back to growing up w/out parents, raised by siblings)
The Spare Room by Helen Garner (Aussie woman assists a friend succumbing to cancer/tradition med. vs alternative, thought-provoking)

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MOM2ACAT 12/28/2010 6:09PM

    I haven't read Room yet but it's on my list of books I want to read.

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OSDOWNS 12/28/2010 1:58PM

    I agree about Room. It was a good book. Thanks for the book list!


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