Sunday, January 02, 2011

My year in books

I've read a lot of books this past year, some better than others. As I look over my reading list, I see that I read more chick lit and light fluffy fiction than I usually do -- which correlated to some of the complicated real-life stuff we were coping with here. Nothing like good girly escapism to relieve a bit of life stress, I say. Here are some of the books I read in 2010 that I'd recommend (and most of these are not chick lit):

The Gift by Cecelia Ahearn
Roses by Leila Meacham
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault
The Last Time I was Me by Cathy Lamb
A Year on Ladybug Farm and At Home on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer
Flying Changes by Sarah Gruen
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
Faithful Place by Tana French
The English American by Alison Larkin
The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle

I hope 2011 brings us all great reading discoveries!

(By the way, I am enjoying the discovery of pretty blog backgrounds for a fun and temporary change.  Here's the January New Year decoration, courtesy of


  1. I was wondering if I can even remember the books I read this year! You must keep a list. I have read none of the ones on your list. Maybe I will try to recreate my list.

  2. I do keep a list (and have since I was in junior high!). But is a very cool site that will let you do it there.

  3. You read quite a few books in 2010, huh?! I am looking forward to my kids getting a little older, so I have time to read again :) Right now I am too tired when I have the time where I could read - I watch tv, sew or sleep!

  4. Steph is going to try to read 52 books in 52 weeks this year. Think she can do it?

  5. I'm sure Steph can do whatever she sets her mind to! Is she a big reader? I guess 52 books in 52 weeks is a lot for a lot of people. Me, I typically do about 100 books a year so it's not something I'd have to "try" to do!

  6. I don't know most of these - thanks for the leads! And I do love your blog backgrounds. I don't think we can do that on typepad.

    Happy New Year!