It's hard to believe that it is the end of another year. For me, this year wasn't as full of reading as I had expected due to personal issues. I was surprised when I totaled up my reading list that it was only 52 books. Last year I read 79 books. I plan on changing that next year and I'm working on some goals to work towards. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books that I read in 2010. These are 6 books that I can honestly say are my top favorites of 2010.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman: This gem was the beginning of my love of reading Southern Fiction. CeeCee stole my heart and her growth as a young girl surrounded by strong women was wonderful. The caveat was that I got to meet Beth Hoffman at a local author signing and she is a woman full of grace and heart and it was an honor to meet her. She's very supportive of book bloggers which is pretty special in my book. Read my review here.
Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok is truly a beautiful novel and one that everyone should read, especially those who are interested in culturally based books and coming-of-age novels. Read my review here.
I can't say too much about Henrietta Lacks as I haven't written my review of the book yet. I will be discussing it with my book club next week. I've listened to this on audio book and was fascinated, enthralled, shocked and I learned a lot about cells, research & medical testing and much more. It is a must read and I cannot wait to discuss this book with my book club.
This book is part mystery, romance, Gothic and coming of age story. The writing was beautiful and the story was richly layered and kept my interest throughout the book. I loved the Gothic mystery and darkness that shadowed the story and the richness of the characters. This is definitely a book that one who loves books and literature will enjoy. Read my review here.
Wench is a book that will engage you and touch your soul. You will find yourself turning the pages quickly to find out what happens next. It is a novel that will stay with you and force you to ponder the moral complexities of life, of slavery and humanity. Read my review here.
Out Of The Shadows is told from alternating viewpoints between Clara, a thirty-something professor and Mary Shelley as a young girl and woman prior to her writing Frankenstein. This is a well written novel full of wonderful characters and a storyline that made me think. I have read all of Joanne Rendell's novels and this one is my favorite. Joanne is an author that interacts and connects with book bloggers and it's been an honor for me to read and review her novels. Read my review here.
I have to share a few more favorites that were excellent books and that I highly recommend, in no specific order (Click on the title to read my review)
On Folly Beach by Karen White
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen