2010 Wrap-Up


            Oh, this is pitiful.  I’ve been blogging since 2006, and I have never gone so long without posting, or gone so late in the year without a year-in-review round up.  The culprits are pictured above, but still, I am ashamed.  So, in the interest of 2011 blogging, I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

 Book Resolution -

My goal was to finish all the ML Top 100.  Didn’t do it - I still had 9 to read and an additional 14 to re-read and write about as of 1/1/11.  I should be able to put that to bed this year, though.

Best/Worst Books I read this year.  So late that I present them only in list form.

Best Books: The Children’s Book, AS Byatt; Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann; The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy; The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters, Charlotte Mosely, ed.; The Hemingses of Monticello, Annette Gordon-Reed; Horns, Joe Hill; This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust; The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, E. Lockhart; A Room With A View, EM Forster; All Clear/Blackout; Connie Willis;  At Home, Bill Bryson; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

Worst Books: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe; American Lightning, Howard Blum; Tobacco Road, Erskine Caldwell; Justine, Lawrence Durrell; Henderson, The Rain King, Saul Bellow; The Murder Room, Micheal Capuzzo; A Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingwa

 The Total List (which is, by the way, the smallest number in blogging history, which depresses the hell out of me, to quote Holden)

1.  The Children's Book, A.S. Byatt  

2.  The Rottweiler, Ruth Rendell

3.  Talking To Strange Men, Ruth Rendell

4.  Let The Great World Spin, Colum McCann 

5.  Eye Contact, Cammie McGovern

6.  The Bolter, Frances Osbourne

7.  Gallowglass, Ruth Rendell (as Barbara Vine)

8.  Agatha Christie: An Autobiography, Agatha Christie

9.  The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe 

10.  The Rainbow, D.H. Lawrence

11.  A Guilty Thing Surprised, Ruth Rendell

12.  The Girl Who Played With Fire, Steig Larsson

13.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Steig Larsson

14.  The Life of Graham Green, Vol, III, Norman Sherry

15.  Not In The Flesh, Ruth Rendell

16.  John Lennon: The Life, Philip Norman

17.  The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy 

18.  The Birthday Present, Ruth Rendell (as Barbara Vine)

19.  Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman

20.  Which Lie Did I Tell? William Goldman

21.  The Big Picture, William Goldman

22.  The Call of the Wild, Jack London

23.  The Monster in the Box, Ruth Rendell

24.  Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

25.  The Writing Class, Jincy Willet 

26.  A Great Deliverance, Elizabeth George

27.  Poirot Loses A Client, Agatha Christie

28.  The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters, Charlotte Mosely, ed. 

29.  The Ambassadors, Henry James

30.  The Bridesmaid, Ruth Rendell

31.  Beowulf on the Beach, Jack Murnigham

32.  The Transit of Venus, Shirley Hazzard

33.  The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway 

34.  Playing for the Ashes, Elizabeth George

35.  The Great Shame, Thomas Keneally

36.  Emily Dickinson Is Dead, Jane Langton

37.  American Lightning, Howard Blum 

38.  A Question of Blood, Ian Rankin

39.  Brave New World, Aldous Huxley 

40.  When Will There Be Good News? Kate Atkinson

41.  Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear

42.  Catch-22, Joseph Heller

43.  The Hemingses of Monticello, Annette Gordon-Reed 

44.    Some Lie and Some Die, Ruth Rendell

45.  Justine, Lawrence Durrell 

46.  Tobacco Road, Erskine Caldwell 

47.  Gods Behaving Badly, Marie Philips

48.  Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner

49.  Horns, Joe Hill 

50.  A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes

51.  Looking for Alaska, John Greene

52.  Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson

53.  Loving Frank, Nancy Horan 

54.  One Day, David Nicholls

55.  Hunting Eichmann, Neal Bascomb 

56.  The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

57.  The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters

58.  Live Flesh, Ruth Rendell

59.  I Claudius, Rupert Graves

60.  The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman

61.  The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

62.  The Guy Not Taken, Jennifer Weiner

63.  Little Earthquakes, Jennifer Weiner

64.  This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust 

65. 1984, George Orwell

66.  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, E. Lockhart 

67.  Changing My Mind, Zadie Smith

68.  Tales, Speeches, Essays and Sketches, Mark Twain

69.  Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

70.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Greene & David Leviathan

71.  One Across, Two Down, Ruth Rendell

72.  Henderson, The Rain King, Saul Bellow 

73.  The Radioactive Boy Scout, Ken Silverstein

74.  Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, David Leviathan & Rachel Cohn

75.  Nobody's Perfect, Anthony Lane

76.  The Guinea Pig Diaries, AJ Jacobs

77.  Winesberg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson

78.  Scepter of the Ancients, Derek Landy

79.  Playing With Fire, Derek Landy

80.  A Room With A View, EM Forster 

81.  The Mistress's Daughter, AM Holmes

82.  The Murder Room, Micheal Capuzzo 

83.  Suite Scarlett, Maureen Johnson

84.  Justice, Dominick Dunne

85.  I Hated, Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, Roger Ebert

86.  The Lake of Darkness, Ruth Rendell

87.  The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder

88.  Dead End Gene Pool, Wendy Burden 

89.  What Was Lost, Catherine O'Flynn

90.  Showtime, Larry Stempel

91.  A Passage to India, EM Forster

92.  The L-Shaped Room, Lynne Reid Banks

93.      At Home, Bill Bryson 

94.  Blackout, Connie Willis

95.  The Killing Doll, Ruth Rendell

96.  Howards End, EM Forster

97. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

98.  Busman's Holiday, Dorothy Sayers

99.  Fables, Vol. 1, Bill

100. Life Sentences, Laura Lippman

101.  Aiding and Abetting, Muriel Spark

102.  The Family Man, Elinor Lipman

103. A Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway 

104. Grasshopper, Ruth Rendell

105. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

106. The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain

107.  The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith

108.  Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, Joe Hill

109.  Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett

110.  The Lord of the Flies, William Golding

111.  The Noel Coward Reader, Noel Coward

112.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

113.  The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling

114.  The Absolutely-True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

115.  Invisible Boy, Cornelia Reed

116.  The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff

 117.  All Clear, Connie Willis

 118.  Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby

119.  Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, Connie Willis

120.  On the Road, Jack Kerouac

 121.  The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Ok, onwards and upwards to 2011.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017