5 Books I Enjoyed in 2010: G. Dess

Posted on December 21, 2010


When I was initially invited to contribute to this blog I had to stop, think and try to remember….what books have I read this year? I realized that most of what I had read had been brief articles in newspapers and magazines, mostly online. What books did I read and enjoy this year? And when had I stopped enjoying books because I believed that I didn’t have time to read?

After much contemplation and reminders from friends, I got inspired to read the rest of a series that I had read begun few years ago and I also remembered two other books that I had enjoyed this year.

You’ll find that there is an ongoing theme of action and adventure in the books that I’ve chosen, all fiction!  So here goes….


Angelology by Danielle TrussoniAngelology - WorldView Booksellers

This is Danielle Trussoni’s first novel and I am impressed by her gift of language and captivated by the story line. The subject is fallen angels! I’d read a review of it in a newspaper or magazine and I had to read it. I put it on reserve at the library and waited for the call. And when I got it I read from cover to cover, postponing the rest of my life until I was finished… a sleepless night and the morning of the next day. Wow, I love it when I’m captivated by a book and can’t put it down.

The story is fast paced and engaging and so authentic in it’s believability that I was hooked. And I kept questioning: could this be true? Oh my goodness… the classic battle between good and evil richly drawn in words.

I will probably read it again, at a slower pace, so that I can savor it all again….slowly.

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The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass - WorldView Booksellers

The Subtle Knife - WorldView Booksellers The Amber Spyglass - WorldView Booksellers


I was inspired to reread The Golden Compass (after revisiting Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and being terribly disappointed) and to then read for the first time the remaining books in the series: The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. All are exceptionally written by Phillip Pullman. The series is called His Dark Materials and it is full of action, adventure, fantasy and science fiction. In my mind, these books brilliantly parallel the current struggles of humanity as we move towards our inevitable enlightenment.

The series is considered “young adult” fiction but the rich language, complex situations and depth of characterizations had me captivated from the first page of book One through the last page of book Three! And for those of you who saw the movie The Golden Compass….the book is sooooo much better!


The Lost Symbol, Dan BrownThe Lost Symbol - WorldView Booksellers

The Lost Symbol is the best  book written yet in the Dan Brown series about the Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon. It has the same formula as his other Robert Langdon writings, to the point of predictability, with just a enough extra umph to make it on my list! With his other books I had to force myself to keep reading just to find out what all the fuss was about (and out of curiosity, too).

I like to contemplate conspiracy theories and in my opinion this is Dan Brown’s best effort yet as he weaves a tale that reveals an overview of the secrets of the Masons. I’ve gotten accustomed to his plodding writing style. And I’m hopeful that as time goes on his storytelling skills will continue to improve.

G. Dess is a healer and visual artist whose work takes her all over the world. She presently resides in North Carolina.