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Book List: 2010
I finally finished my first book of the year. Being sick really slows me down, I've noticed. This makes me sad, as I used to always take advantage of being sick by getting extra reading in. Anyway, here is 2010's list, because I like to track things

1. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (for BBC)
2. My Life in France
3. Her Mother's Hope
4. To Kill a Mockingbird (re-read)
5. The Poisonwood Bible
6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
7. The Four Seasons
8. The Reader
9. Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln
10. An Abundance of Katherines
11. Peace Like a River
12. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
13. Think Twice
14. Roller Skates
15. The Girl Who Played With Fire
16. Firefly Lane
17. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
18. Fool (audiobook)
19. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
20. The Great Gatsby
21. The Hunger Games
22. Catching Fire
23. Mockingjay
24. The White Stag
25. The Girl Who Could Fly
26. Savvy
27. Daniel Boone
28. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (re-read)
29. Prince Caspian (re-read)
30. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (re-read)

Books I tried to read in 2010:

Books read and attempted in 2009
Books read and attempted in 2008
Books read and attempted in 2007
Books read and attempted in 2006
Books read and attempted in 2005
Books read and attempted in 2004

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Ant, it's good to see you here. Sorry your health has been such a bother and hope it gets better soon.

Took a peek at your 2009 list. HAVE to tell you that I finally read and had similar reaction to Gilead in 2009. Your review and mine could be bookends : < ) Some of those thoughts in that story just stopped me in my tracks!

Take care of you.

Wasn't it a lovely book? I'm sorry I waited so long to finish it!

It's nice to see you too, friend :)

thick twice!!!

You read think twice!!!! :) YAY!!


We've six books in common. I was one of the few people that just couldn't finish TGWTDT. I went back to it three times. I did find the movie compelling though. You and I felt remarkably alike in regard to The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I am a major dog person and found the relationships between Edgar and the dogs too fantastical. I've read only The Hunger Games so far. The other two are waiting for me to finish the Outlander series. Are you planning to read Mockingjay? I've heard the writing style differs from the first two and that has left those I know who have read it disappointed.

I've read all but the last two books by Kristin Hannah. What did you think of Firefly Lane?

If it makes you feel any better, I might not have finished TGWTDT had my book club not been reading it. By the time I got through it, I wanted to know what happened in the other two :)

I'm glad to know it wasn't just me on Edgar. I also can't help but wonder if by the time my book club finally got around to reading that, there had just been too much hype, too. *shrugs*

Thanks for the reminder that I never added Mockingjay! That gives me a nice round 30, even if it is a really low number. And you'll laugh at the "review" I posted on Goodreads. It made me giggle when I went to see if I'd even written one. I'll be honest that I hadn't heard about/didn't notice a change in writing style. The people I knew of who were disappointed were just looking for a typically "happy"-ier ending. You know -- no one dies, everyone we care about lives... etc. :) My review doesn't give any spoilers:


I really liked Firefly Lane. My neighbor loaned it to me, and she only reads mysteries, so I was hesitant to read it, but she said another friend of hers gave it to her to read. It was charming, and a slice of Americana, and about friendships, and also about a part of the country my sister lives in, so even that was interesting. At one point when the girls are grown women, there is talk of going to the Gene Juarez salon, and my sister has been there :) I sobbed while reading it, and also laughed. I remember thinking that the author really "got" how girls feel in junior high. At least, that's how I felt a lot of the time. I don't think I've read anything else by her, but now that you've mentioned it, I think I'll check her out!

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