Saturday, July 31, 2010

Favorites of 2010

One of my readers asked me if I was going to list my top five or ten books of the year, as other bloggers have, halfway through 2010.  And, in looking at Jen Forbus's list, I can tell it's a list of her "current" favorite books, not necessarily read this year.  Those are ones Jen loves enough to pass on.  So, I think everyone has a different slant on this topic.

I went back and selected the books I marked as A+ this year, books I loved when I read them, and, most of all, when I reread my short summary, I still remember the book.  There are only six so far this year, and only one is a mystery, and a crime caper at that, not a traditional mystery..  So, these are my favorite books of the year, with links to my reviews.

Fat Cat by Robin Brande.  A YA novel.  A high school science whiz changes her lifestyle for a project, and to show up the boy who was once her best friend, until he called her fat.







The Secret of Everything by Barbara O'Neal After a traffic accident, a tour guide ends up in a New Mexico town where she finds the secrets of her childhood.










The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen - After her mother's death, Emily Benedict discovered a grandfather she never knew in the town of Mullaby, North Carolina, a town with secrets, including some about Emily's mother.








God Never Blinks by Regina Brett - The newspaper columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer offers her 50 lessons for life's little detours.









Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts - Lucky O'Toole, troubleshooter at a Las Vegas casino, has her hands full with a murder, a boss who is acting strange, her unusual mother, and a show business boyfriend.








Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn - Evie Walker's return home when her father is dying isn't what she expects in a novel that combines mythology, family history, and the end of the world as we know it.

So, are these titles what you expected from me for the best of 2010?  Probably not.  Remember, though, my husband died in  February.  God Never Blinks comes from the time soon after his death, and I bought that book, and recommended it to so many people.  I'm still reading mysteries and thrillers, as you can tell from my daily posts.  But, these six books are the ones I remember, ones that moved me, in the first half of the year.


What are the books that stand out for you from the first half of 2010?

28 comments:

Kay said...

You know, Lesa, I think when you read so many of certain genre, it is sometimes tough for books to truly stand out completely. Maybe not, but I know that I usually make a top 10 list of mysteries for the year and than a top 10 "other". Good to see what you've considered your most rememberable.

Mine includes SO COLD THE RIVER by Michael Koryta and CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese. Can't think of any more off the top of my head - well, yes, THE JANUS STONE by Elly Griffiths, which is a mystery.

Lesa said...

You're probably right, Kay. Your titles are interesting. The only one I'm familiar with is Michael Koryta's.

Clarissa Draper said...

It's an interesting list. I read mainly mysteries so I haven't read any of the books on the list but you make me want to read them now.
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Page said...

So far this year there are two books that stand out for me and I've recommended to others

All the Pretty Girls by J.T, Ellison
Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah

le0pard13 said...

WANNA GET LUCKY? sounds intriguing, and it's in audio form, too. I'm adding it on the list to get, Lesa. Thanks for this.

Lesa said...

I read mysteries more than anything, too, Clarissa. But, as Kay said, that might be the reason none of them jumped out at me this year.

Lesa said...

Page, I hadn't heard of Kitchen Chinese. And, I just havent' had a chance to read J.T. Ellison's book. That's one I would normally read, though.

Lesa said...

Michael,

Wanna Get Lucky? is a fun caper. I really enjoy a good crime caper novel.

SmallWorld at Home said...

Thanks for this! I added a couple to my TBR list.

Lesa said...

You're welcome! I hope you enjoy the books when you get around to them, SmallWorld at Home.

Beth Hoffman said...

Happy weekend, Lesa! I really enjoyed your list (I've already three of them) and I just added the Secret of Everything to my list.

My favorites this year are A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds, and a collection of poems titled The Wrong Miracle by Liz Gallagher.

Give the kitties a squeeze from me!

Shane Gericke said...

A lovely list ... and I haven't read a damn one of 'em. Sigh. Too many books, so little time. But now they're on my TBR pile for sure.

I hope Heaven has a very large book room and a nice soft cloud to sit on. I'm gonna need eternity to get through everything I want to read.

Janet Rudolph said...

It's very hard to put that list together. I've been thinking about it, and I can only remember what I've just read.. and they're from lots of different years. Nevertheless 13 Hours by Deon Meyer would be in my top 10.

Lesa said...

Hi Beth,

Since Josh just walked up on the chair, I gave him a hug for you! I'm a big Barbara O'Neal fan. I read her books when she wrote under Barbara Samuel, but these have a little magical element to them that I like. I hope you like it. Glad to see you've read some of them. (Since you don't read a lot of mysteries, you were more likely to have read these.)

Lesa said...

Ah, Shane. I totally agree with you. If you saw the June and July books I DIDN'T get through, and it's already August, you'd know what I'm missing. Not enough time.

My idea of heaven is a big library, with overstuffed chairs, a couch, a fire, and pets. I sure hope I'm right because I want to keep reading.

(No, don't even tell me there aren't any books and they're all on a Kindle or NOOK or something. ARRRGGHHH!)

Lesa said...

And, I haven't read 13 Hours, Janet. I do have the list of everything I've read this year. And, my mystery list would look totally different. I'm sure that's what kathy was looking for, but I did my overall favorites for the first half of the year.

kathy d. said...

You list is very lovely, Lesa, and I hope that these books helped to give you comfort and solace. Books that are just right can be very helpful; they really are "friends" at times.

Wanted to mention the Elly Griffiths' books also. "Crossing Places" is the first book about Ruth Galloway, an anthropology professor who lives on the east coast of England. She is a terrific middle-aged character who happens to stumble over a mystery. The book is very good and one learns some anthropological facts. The second book in this series is "The Janus Stone."

I don't know of a woman mystery lover who's read either or both of these books and didn't like them. I got the first from my local library and the second I ordered from the UK's Book Depository. They ship quickly and have good prices and--most importantly, ship FREE anywhere in the world. (I just discovered them and it's great and found out readers all over the globe order from them.)

My August reading vacation started early as I read through much of this past week and forgot about other tasks.

Lesa said...

kathy,

I have Elly Griffith's latest book on a shelf here. I saw it yesterday when I was going through the books from the last couple months. Thanks for the note about them. I'll have to try it.

I'm glad you're enjoying your reading vacation in August! I hope you have a great TBR pile there. Have fun!

kathy d. said...

I have a lot of books to order from the Book Depository or Amazon, that is for sure and then there is my library list.

The TBR pile needs a bit of shoring up but I've got Scott Turow's new book, "Innocent," coming up for me at the library as well as Sara Paretsky's and Nevada Barr's new books.

Lesa said...

I'm actually winnowing out my TBR pile, knowing I'm not going to get to some of those books. It's time to move on to August, although there are a number of July books I still hope to get to read.

Jen Forbus said...

Shane, can I share that cloud with you???

Lesa, I have been reading a number of lists people made of their favorites so far in 2010. I looked back at my reads so far and was overwhelmed at the number of great books I've had already this year. If the second half of 2010 is as great, I'm in trouble for my final favorites list of the year. I already have over 10 that will contend for that list NOW. This has been one heck of a great reading year!

Lesa said...

Jen,

That cloud is a nice idea, isn't it. It had better be a BIG cloud!

Yep. You're going to be in trouble, considering what's coming out. Louise Penny, Dennis Lehane, a new Chet and Bernie book. And, those are the ones I read, not you.

kathy d. said...

Not to mention Scott Turow, Nevada Barr and Sara Paretsky (I love Anna Pigeon and V.I. Warshawski--oh, to be like them, fearless, intrepid outdoors in all conditions, climates and terrain or in a huge city).

Lesa said...

You're right, Kathy. Although personally, I'd rather read about them, then be like them.

kathy d. said...

It's all my wish to be like Anna Pigeon or V.I. Warshawski, I say from the safety of my apartment and armchair.

But in another life, alternate universe or my imagination, I'd like to be like them.

Lesa said...

Oh, OK, kathy. From apartment or armchair I can handle. Even that alternate universe would probably be too much for me. (grin)

Kris said...

Fat Cat sounds like the type of book I would like.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is one of my top reads for the year so far.

Lesa said...

Kris,

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt would have been one of my top reads, but I actually read and reviewed it in 2009. It definitely made my top list for last year.

I hope you like Fat Cat. I liked all of the female role models in the book.