Monday, December 27, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Books of 2010

Christmas is over and I hope everyone got lovely bookish things over the holiday! With less then a week left in 2010, the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish dedicated this Top Ten Tuesday to the Top Ten Books we're read in 2010. Fitting, right? 
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. I'm sure they'd love to share your lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten list.

I feel, like quotes are a better argument for all of these books then my musings, so when they were within reach, or had a zillion posted online, they got a quote. 
"It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting "Cathy" and banging your head against a tree." 

(couldn't find a quote and my copy is in Chicago)
really hits the heart of Birbiglia's comedy. Some of his stories have been used in other shows, but having them all here in this very personal and hilarious book is amazing. 

"Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, "Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?" 

A charming story of loss, and what makes life worth living - set at the Tower of London. 

Oh. Em. Gee. There were so many delectable recipes in this memoir, and also the hope that not every guy is a total asshole. 

I wish I had my book here. There were so many lovely quotes and I can't find any of them online. In short, a stories of the young impressionists, and the love of Claude Monet's life. Totally worth a read. 

I fell in love with Carol Goodman this year. Her novels are very similar, and the twists rarely suprising, but I love what she's writing about. Here it's art, fairy tales and a run down boarding school. It fit me to a tee, and I loved the fairy tale she invented to be intertwined with the main story. 

"Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right." 

"I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled." 

"It’s a small story really, about, among other things: 

* A girl 
* Some words 
* An accordionist 
* Some fanatical Germans 
* A Jewish fist fighter 
* And quite a lot of thievery"


Misha said...

I love your list! Your taste is so similar to mine. Except 7 (which I have not read) , all the other books are the ones I have loved.

Cuné said...

I'm going to read Carol Goodman because of you :)

readerbuzz said...

Your quotes are delightful. Thank you.

Here is my Top Ten of 2010 post:

Tribute Books Mama said...

Top 10 Books I Read in 2010

1. The Trophy Bride's Tale by Cyrilla Barr
2. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
3. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
4. Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown by Jason Dawes & Grant Wilson
5. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
6. A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story by Charles Franklin Emery III
7. Citizen Mitten by William Voedisch
8. High on a Mountain by Tommie Lyn
9. Expiation by Greg Messel
10. A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

Great list! I haven't read any of these books! Reading everyone's list today is making my TBR pile grow. LOL :)

Carmel @ Rabid Reads
My Top Ten Tuesday

Suzanne said...

Great list -- I like the idea of including quotes.
I think The Help has been on every list I've seen except mine -- I read it in 2009 and loved it.
Several of your books are on my shelf to-be-read so I can't wait to check them out

Laura @ Bunny Tales said...

The Help is on my TBR and I'm dieing to get to it! The Thirteenth Tale made my list too :)

I, too, love the quotes! Great idea!

Frl. Irene Palfy said...

Awesome list. This is a nice way to present books! I really enjoyed it!


Frl. Irene Palfy

Jen said...

I loved The Book Thief! Unfortunately, I read it last year so I couldn't include it on my list! The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise sounds really interesting! (but the link goes to 'Loving books: I Loved, I Lost, I made spaghetti).

Thanks for participating! We really appreciate it! :)

Ellen said...

I love how you use quotes to sell the books - that really is the best way! Whenever I read a great book I have the hardest time writing about it - half of my "review" ends up being quotes. I haven't read most of the books on your list, but I've been thinking of reading "The Help" for forever now...time to move it up. I read "The Book Thief" too this year, and LOVED it - on my top 10 as well.

Daisy said...

I love your quotes! Especially the one from Bridget Jones' Diary :) Totally forgot about that one. Looks like you had a great reading year!

Geosi said...

Wow! You did read Bridget Jones Diary - One book I would love to read in the coming year as I've heard a lot about it.

Helen Smith said...

Thanks for the list - and the quotes. The Help is in my pile of books to read next.

I'm currently reading People of the Book (I see you read it this year).

mel u said...

I have read four of the boys on your list of books read in 2010-People of The Book-a very informative look at the world of book restoration, The Book Thief-loved it-The Boy in the Striped Pajamas-not bad-I also saw the movie-and Shadow of the Wind-a good book for book lovers-