Tuesday, December 28, 2010

What I Read :: Part 1

Most likely, no one but me cares what I read in 2010. I know there are a few other readers who peruse these pages from time to time. I like knowing what others read and finding a hidden gem every now and then, so here you have it. In order. All 54 of them.

The Other Boleyn Girl - by Philippa Gregory
5 Stars
Historical fiction based on the court of King Henry VIII and his wives, with the story told from the perspective of Anne Boleyn (his wife) and her sister Mary (his mistress). A huge novel and very entertaining.

The Boleyn Inheritance - by Philippa Gregory
4 Stars
This one brings to life more of the women who surrounded Henry VIII. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as The Other Boleyn Girl but was still an excellent read.

This Is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper
4.5 Stars
Laugh out loud read! Judd Foxman's life imploded, his wife slept with his boss, he rents a basement apartment in a "crappy house" when he's called to sit Shiva for his dead father, who happened to be an atheist. It mines the topic of dysfunctional families, loss and hope with great
humor and recognition.
3 Stars
Used this as a basis for Bible study on prayer.

Bloodroot - by Amy Green
4.5 Stars
Appalachian fiction based in east Tennessee. The story of Myra, born into a slightly troubled, slightly magical family. A story of survival and love. A little hard to keep track of the characters at first. I made a cheat sheet and it helped. After the first third of the book, you forget the difficulties.

5 Stars
Great characters, great story. This book made me to the library and check out three more of her books!

Love Medicine - by Louise Erdrich
2 Stars
Couldn't get into it. Didn't finish.

The Shack - by William P. Young
3.5 Stars
Wanted to see what all the fuss was a about. Got a love/hate thing with this book. All the reasons I'm allergic to LMN Movies of the Week.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian - by Mark Bittman
5 Stars
He doesn't just give you recipes. He teaches you how to create food without following "rules."

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual - by Michael Pollan
5 Stars
Short, sweet, to the point. Immensely helpful and thought provoking.

Wolf Hall - by Hilary Mantel
2 Stars
Yet another book about King Henry VIII - this time told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell. I tried to listen to it on my morning walks but it was so dense and the characters were so poorly deliniated I couldn't finish it. Won the Booker Prize but I found it incredibly difficult to follow.

The Space Between Us - by Umrigar Thrity
4 Stars
A beautiful book about class and gender; tragedy and hope, set in Bombay, India.

Ordinary Thunderstorms - by William Boyd
4 Stars
A mystery/thriller set in London. Illustrates how a life can unravel in the blink of an eye.

The Lock Artist - by Steve Hamilton
4.5 Stars
A smart, creative thriller told from the perspective of a safecracker, who can't speak.

Lowboy - by John Wray
2 Stars
Life from the perspective of a teenaged schizophrenic. Didn't think much of this one.

Caught - by Harlan Coben
4 Stars
Murder, mayhem, mystery. Lots of plot twists. Mindless entertainment at it's best!

Grace Notes: Daily Readings with a Fellow Pilgrim - by Philip Yancey
3 Stars
Not great. Not bad. Never lived up to the promise of becoming a daily read however.

The Imperfectionists - by Tom Rachman
5 Stars
Read this book! LOVED IT!

Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins - by William H. Willamon
Made for good discussion at Bible study!

The Irresistible Henry House - by Lisa Grunwald
5 Stars
About Henry, a "practice baby" for a home ec program in the 1950's. Great Read!

Tomato Girl - by Jayne Pupek
5 Stars
Set in Virginia, told from the perspective of an 11 year old girl. The story of a troubled childhood, sprinkled with hope.

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