Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Books Read 2010

Just a list of the books I read over the last year:

Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Bookends by Jane Green
Murder Takes the Cake by Gayle Trent
Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
A Light from Heaven by Jan Karon (via audio book)
Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
I Do But I Don't: Why the Way We Marry Matters by Kamy Wicoff
Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth George (via audio book)
Why Didn't They Ask Evans by Agatha Christie
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Sitterfield (via audio book)
Vilette by Charlotte Bronte
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer (via audio book)
The Priest's Madonna by Amy Hasssinger (via audio book)
The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory (via audio book)
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
People of the Book by Gwendolyn Brooks (via audi obook)
Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Serpent on the Crown by Elizabeth Peters (via audio book)
Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as On of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (Or Most All) of it Back by Frank Schaeffer
More Blood, More Sweat, and Another Cup of Tea by Tom Reynolds
At Some Disputed Barricade by Anne Perry (via audio book)
The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir
The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal
About a Boy by Nick Hornby
The Religion by Tim Willocks (via audio book)
The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid (via audio book)
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Lord of the Dead by Tom Holland
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (via audio book)
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
The Dirt on Clean by Katherine Ashenburg
My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme
The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (via audio book)
Stuart Little by EB White
The Moonstone Castle Mystery by Carolyn Keene
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (via audio book)
The Codex by Douglas Preston (via audio book)
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
The Lives ofthe Kings and Queens of England edited by Antonia Fraser (via audio book)
The English Assassin by Daniel Silva (via audio book)
Restoring the Goddess: Equal Rites for Modern Women  by Barbara Walker
The Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters (via audio book)
A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

An even 50 books, not bad for the year. I really like listening to audio books while I clean and knit, but my local library is heavy on the mystery/thriller type, so that's why there are so many of those type of books on this list. I probably should make more of an effort to read/listen more widely, but for now, this isn't bad.

I think my favorite of the audio books was The Thirteenth Tale - a Gothic tale with a rich plot and many twists and turns. My favorite "regular" book was Frank Schaeffer's Crazy for God. I could really relate to his tale of growing up in fundamentalism. My eyes just about fell out of my head when I read that just at the time my family was idolizing him for converting to Greek Orthodoxy and whatnot, he was holed up in a tiny apartment, miserable and stealing pork chops. A great read, darkly funny, and with a great message.

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