2010 Book Favorites

I only read 80 books this year.  I knew I’d been reading less, but I had no idea it was only 80 until I counted them up last night.  At the beginning of the year I set my reading goal at 105 with 12 of those being fiction and I did read 10 non-fiction and I consider that a success considering how many fewer books I actually read.  A few interesting stats…

I read 51 women authors and 29 men.

The state I most visited was California followed closely by New York.

I read 7 Brenda Joyce books, making her my most read author.

And now for the FAVORITE FIVE BOOKS I READ THIS YEAR (in order)…

I’m not much of a memoir reader so I am surprised to find this my very favorite read this year.  Reviewed here.

A historical romance that will keep you reading far past when it’s time for bed.  Reviewed here.

You chose it for me and I was surprised at how much I loved this novel set in Spain in the 1940’s.  Reviewed here.

I had no idea I liked magical realism.  An enchanting read.  Reviewed here.

Little Cee Cee grew up not far from where I live in Ohio but it wasn’t until her move south that she blossomed.  Reviewed here.

24 thoughts on “2010 Book Favorites

  1. Kay says:

    Staci, I’ve only read one of these (Cee Cee), but each of the others are on my TBR list. Glad they worked well for you.

    This has been a big year for you guys. Wishing you 3 a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2011! Hugs!

  2. Beth Hoffman says:

    I’m so happy that CeeCee is on your list! Thanks, Stacy. I enjoyed meeting you and Bonnie in Hudson this year too, you gave me a wonderful memory.

  3. Heather says:

    My book club is reading Glass Castle in March, reading Garden Spells right now, and loved Shadow of the Wind! The other two look great as well and have put them on my TBR list!

  4. rhapsodyinbooks says:

    I never got Cee Cee Honeycutt because I entered about a THOUSAND contests for it and was convinced I would win at least ONE but never did! I, however, am not one to give up, and will just have to be getting it on my own this coming year! :–)

  5. Jennifer Rayment says:

    Thanks Stacy – you inspired me to go and do a count and a summary of what I read last year.

    I have also added 2 of the books you have listed to my tbr list — not sure if I should thank you or not ; )
    Have a great new year — hmm wonder if it will be like my first new year with my 1st born — didn’t make it to midnight

  6. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books says:

    Um, Stacy? You were a bit busy this fall, remember??! You had a great year of reading (and other little bundles you can hold in your hands!)

    I’ve read THE GLASS CASTLE twice, and was impressed by how it held up (in fact, I may have liked it more) on the re-read. SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT was one of my favorites from the year, too 🙂

  7. Bumbles says:

    I would agree with The Glass Castle – that book was just riveting.

    I have not read any of the others – YET.

    I’m sure some of your reading time was spent on pregnancy instead – which is a great place to put your focus. Happy New Year to you and Jason and Gage…and Scout and Max!

  8. Marce says:

    The Glass Castle is what got me interested in memoirs, haven’t read one as good yet. I joined the memoir challenge for 2011.

    I haven’t read the others. Very nice list

  9. Bonnie says:

    Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is on my favorites list as well…meeting you and Beth were a highlight of the year as well. Shadow of the Wind was on my favorites list, beautiful writing.

  10. jennygirl says:

    I want to read all of these and The Tea Rose was in my hands becuase of you. Unfortunately I had to return to the library before I could read it 😦 I’ll be sure to borrow it again.

  11. Literary Feline says:

    Of your list, the only one I’ve read is The Glass Castle. I liked it, but I think because I work with abused and neglected children, I wasn’t as taken by it as so many others were. I do admire the author’s resilience.

    You list several other books I really hope to get to one of these days. Okay, so all of the other books on your list. LOL

    I hope you have a Happy New Year, Stacy.

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