5 Books I Enjoyed in 2010: Wrap-up

Posted on December 31, 2010

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As this year winds down to a close, so does this list.  As a bookseller I am always intrigued by what people choose to read — it offers a glimpse into their private lives and reveals something about who they are.  With that in mind, I thank all of the contributors who generously took the time to reveal something of themselves by sharing a portion of their personal reading list with us this year.

65 books were mentioned among those enjoyed by our contributors, an eclectic and diverse list of both fiction and non-fiction — just as I was hoping it would be when the we began this series.  The books are listed below with titles linked to the person who recommended them.  Take a look.  You just might find something that appeals for your 2011 reading list.  I certainly did.

Happy New Year!

Fiction

1.  The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Lola Shoneyin

2.  The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo – Stieg Larsson (mentioned twice)

3.  The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson (mentioned twice)

4.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson (mentioned twice)

6.  House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III

7.  The Very Hungry Catepillar – Eric Carle

8.  One Day – David Nicholls

9.  Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

10.The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton

11. The Help – Kathryn Stockett (mentioned twice)

12. Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Piccoult

14.The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe

15. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman

16. The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver

17. Beloved – Toni Morrison

18. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

19. Song of Solomon -Toni Morrison

20. A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest J. Gaines

21. The Alchemist – Paul Coelho

22. The Cold Moon: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel – Jeffrey Deaver

23. Not Without Laughter – Langston Hughes

24. The Stranger – Albert Camus

25. Billy Budd – Herman Melville

26. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

27. Angelology – Danielle Trussoni

28. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman

29. The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman

30. The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman

31. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

32. My Hollywood – Mona Simpson

33. Island Beneath the Sea – Isabel Allende

34. Grass – Sheri S. Tepper

35. Winter Garden – Kristen Hannah

36. Outlander – Diana Gabaldan

37. Medicine Woman – Lynn V. Andrews

38. The Shack – William P. Young

Non-Fiction

39. Shaman: Roots of the Rig Veda – Major General G.D. Bakshi

40. The Long Emergency – James Kunstler

41. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed – Jared Diamond

42. Oaxacan Ceramics – Lois Wasserspring

43. Zapotec Women – Lynn Stephen

44. Made in Mexico – W. Warner Wood

45. Zapotec Weavers of Teotitlan – Andra F. Stanton

46. The Blueprint – Kirk Franklin

47. Playing the Enemy – John Carlin

48. Creative Visualization – Shakti Gawain

49. The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

50. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

51. What is Christianity – Adolf Harnach

52. Relax – You May Only Have a Few Minutes – Loretta LaRoche

53. Tassajara Dinners and Desserts – Dale and Melissa Kent

54. Searching for Virginia Dare – Marjorie Hudson

55. A Broom of One’s Own – Nancy Peacock

56. Embraced by the Light – Betty J. Eadie

57. Born a Healer – Chunyi Lin

58. The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. DuBois

59. So Long, Insecurity – Beth Moore

60. Some Girls: My Life in a Harem – Jill Lauren

61. When Work Disappears – William Julius Wilson

62. The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace D. Wattles

63. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

64. Calling in the One – Kathleen Woodward Thomas

65. The Seven Pillars of Health – Don Colbert