Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Favorite Books at Redlady's Reading Room

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

The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier


  1. Beautiful choices!

    I could read only 96 books in 2010. But that's ok. I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

    Here are my Best Reads of 2010.

  2. CeeCee and Girl in Translation are on my list and The Shadow of the Wind was on the list last year. I like your "other favorites" list. I hope to read On Folly Beach soon (it's on my shelf).

  3. Oh Bonnie ... I'm tickled that you loved CeeCee and have included my novel on your favorites list!

    Meeting you and Stacy in Hudson was a wonderful experience that I'll never forget.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Bonnie, I've only read one of your favorites (Cee Cee), but every one of the other ones is in my pile. Hope to get to them all in 2011.

    Happy New Year to you and your family! Wishing you a 2011 filled with joy and lots of books!

  5. I am so bad, as I haven't even started compiling my favorites of 2010list. Henrietta will definitely be on it though!

  6. I just read Shadow of the Wind and enjoyed it also. Lots of good books on your faves list.

    I also wanted to wish you a happy new year filled with good books, good friends, good health and much happiness.

  7. You and I are in agreement on CeeCee. I was so glad to have met her this year. The rest of your list looks terrific. Here's hoping 2011 is a great reading year for you. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. I loved Saving Cee Cee and The Shadow of the Wind-I have not read the others.

  9. Great list Bonnie! You are so lucky to have met Beth! There's a few on your list that I'm going to have to look into although I did promise myself I wasn't going to buy any more books. lol.

    Happy New Year Bonnie and I wish you all the best in 2011!

  10. I just found your blog, and I think it is great ;)

    I am particularly interested in Out of the Shadows as I read Frankenstein for the first time this year and loved it.

  11. We shared two favorite books this year!

  12. Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt made my best of list (which i posted yesterday), too. Hope you have a great reading year in 2011.

  13. Bonnie, you've been such a wonderful supporter of GIRL IN TRANSLATION since the beginning! Thank you and hope to meet in person someday (I'll be going on national tour for the paperback in May)!



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