Monday, January 03, 2011

2010 Books

**** Pick it up from the library today!
*** Add it to your reading list.
** Eh, it was ok...
* Forget you ever heard about it.


The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran - "A common bat on the other side of the world elects to sink its rabid fangs, and one's cozy existence is finished." ***

The Vagrants by Yiyum Li - "The day started before sunrise, on March 21, 1979, when Teacher Gu woke up and found his wife sobbing quietly into her blanket." **
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese **** - "After eight months spent in the obscurity of our mother's womb, my brother, Shiva, and I cam into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954."

Daughter of Kura by Debra Austin - "Something obscured the horizon." *

The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher- "'Sue, the garden of number 84 is nothing more than a sort of playground for all the kids of the neighborhood.'" *

Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - "Late in the afternoon of a chilly day in February, two gentlemen were sitting alone over their wine in a well furnished dining parlor in the down of Pee in Kentucky." **

Little Bee by Chris Cleave - "Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl." ***

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safrean Foer - "What about a teakettle?" ***

Pearl of China by Anchee Min - "Before I was Willow, I was Weed." **

Elysiana by Chris Knopf - "Stretched out she just fit, slightly wedged, between the padded armrests of the Catalina's backseat." *

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon - "We are on our way to the hospital, Ryan's father says." **

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry - "Once upon a time there was a family named Willoughby." **

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - "It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive." ***

The Believers by Zoe Heller - "At a party in a bedit just off Gower Street, a young woman stood alone at the window, her elbows pinned to her sides in an attempt to hide the dark flowers of perspiration blossoming at the armholes of her dress." **

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde - "It began with my father not wanting to see the Last Rabbit and ended up with my being eaten by a carnivorous plant." ****

All Souls by Christine Schutt - "Mr. Dell, in his daughter's room, stuck his face into the horn of a stargazer lily, one of a... one of a... must have been a dozen, and he breathed in and said wasn't that something." **

Miles From Nowhere by Nami Mun -**

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald **

Sherlock Holmes ***

The Secret Garden **

The Help by Katheryn Stockett - "Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960." ****

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters ***

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Von **

Non Fiction

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan - "Live through this." ***

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson - "Welcome, and congratulations." ***

On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam - "With a baby in your future, everyone seems to state the obvious "Life as you know it will never be the same." ***

Stitches by David Small - "I was six." **

The Big Short by Michael Lewis -- "Eisman entered finance about the time I exited." ***

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman - "At 30,000 feet, somewhere between Buffalo and Dallas, he put his magazine in his seat pocket, turned in my direction, and asked, "What kind of work do you do?" **

Little Princes by Conor Grennan - "It was well after nightfall when I realized we had gone the wrong way." ****

1 comment:

abbey said...

Thanks Michelle! I enjoy checking out your reading lists :) I read The Help as well and really enjoyed it!