Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top Ten (well, Eight) Books of 2010

For today's Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), we are reviewing our favorite reads of 2010. But I've come across a problem that I'm pretty sure will not be an issue for most people. I can only think of eight.

1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: One of the best YA authors out there right now. This book was fantastic, and so well written.
2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: Blew me away. I need to read these sequels and keep procrastinating. I have no idea why.
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Okay, this was a reread, but it's still one of the best books I read this year, and ever.
4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: See above.
5. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: I listened to this one on CD. Part of the reason I loved it so much is because John Ritter narrated it. In fact I love it so much, I just ordered it.
6. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale: A fantastic fairy-tale fusion of a graphic novel. A little steampunk, a lot of fractured fairy tales, some Western stuff going on—all of it's good.
7. Paper Towns by John Green: I need to read more of John Green's stuff. I loved this, but I think I especially loved it because I listened to it on audio. Dan John Miller, the narrator, was absolutely unbelievable. I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook, especially for people who need to have a good experience listening to one.
8. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor: Finally got around to reading (well, listening) to this one. Another great audiobook, narrated by Lynne Thigpen.

That's all I can think of, honestly. I'm sure I've read other fantastic books this year but unfortunately I haven't kept track of them all. I think I'll do that in 2011. What are yours?


  1. Lots of great reads here. Loved Speak. Loved Stargirl. Loved Roll of Thunder. Now I need to add all the others to my wishlist!

    Here is my Top Ten of 2010 post: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-ten-books-ive-read-in-2010.html

  2. Top 10 Books I Read in 2010

    1. The Trophy Bride's Tale by Cyrilla Barr
    2. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
    3. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
    4. Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown by Jason Dawes & Grant Wilson
    5. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
    6. A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story by Charles Franklin Emery III
    7. Citizen Mitten by William Voedisch
    8. High on a Mountain by Tommie Lyn
    9. Expiation by Greg Messel
    10. A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

  3. Thanks! I'll check out yours now too, maybe I'll find some thing to add to my TBR as well!

  4. I keep procrastinating on the Chaos Walking series, too, even though I've heard so many good things (I believe one of the reviews I read was from you, actually). I have just so much to read and so little time, it seems!

  5. I know what you mean! I have so many books out from the library and not nearly enough time for them. And then I go and read something I just got. It's ridiculous. I have Revolution for only so long, after all!

  6. I read Speak for the first time this year and was blown away by it. Loved it.

    Great list - I think I need to check out a few of your titles more closely!

  7. Before I Fall - what a dramatic title!

  8. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was one of my favorite books that I read in school. I loved it! In fact, I should go re-read it again.

    Also, I'm glad you loved Stargirl! It's one of my all-time favorite YA books. I really need to read the sequel, but I'm afraid that it won't live up to the first one!

  9. Ooh, glad to hear Rapunzel's Revenge is a top 10er -- I have it scheduled to read for a fairy tale event I have coming up in April.
    Agreed 100% on 1-3: They are each favorites of mine, not just of the year, but in general.
    My top 10 is here.
    (And my top 10 Disappointments is here...)


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