Dec 31, 2010

2010 Book Reviews: Wrap Up

Everyone's doing a book wrap up for the year, so here's goes. I reviewed 70 books but must have read over 100!

This year I started to read romances and more general women's fiction, adding these to the mysteries I normally read. I also reviewed self-help books and a cookbook or two. A good mix of genres for 2010! I have starred * the ones I really, really like, though I liked them all!

Books Reviewed:
Defending the Enemy by Elaine B. Fischel, non-fiction
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh, Indian fiction*
Busy Body by M.C. Beaton, a cozy mystery*
The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton, women's fiction, romance*
A King of Infinite Space by Tyler Dilts, crime fiction
The End of Marking Time by C.J. West, dystopia
Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage, detective fiction*
The Insane Train by Sheldon Russel, crime fiction
The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate, women's fiction, romance
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley, mystery*
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, mystery*

Extinction by Dan Ailey, sci-fi
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, thriller**
A Dog Named Slugger by Leigh Brill, non-fiction
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, self-help
A Darker God by Barbara Cleverly, Greek island mystery*
There's No Hope for Gomez by Graham Parke, comedy
The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier, romance
The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace, historical fiction**
Half Life by Roopa Farooki, women's fiction
A Twist of Orchids by Michelle Wan, mystery**

Blood Hina by Naomi Hirahara, mystery
Petals from the Sky by Mingmei Yip, women's fiction
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan, thriller
The Time of the Dragons by Alice Ekert-Rotholz, an historical novel
Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah, fiction
Assassins of Athens by Jeffrey Siger, mystery
The Mountain Place of Knowledge by Marshall Chamberlain, adventure thriller
Making a Case for Life by Stephanie Wincik, non-fiction, health
Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwy Cready, romantic comedy
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, fiction

Clean, Green, and Lean by Walter Crinnion, self-help, cookbook
Sahara by Clive Cussler, adventure thriller
In the Shadow of the Cypress by Thomas Steinbeck, historical novel
Flirting with Forever by Gwyn Cready, time-travel romantic comedy
Snakes Can't Run by Ed Lin, thriller
The Killing of Mindi Quintana by Jeffrey Cohen, legal thriller
Arabesk by Barbara Nadel, a Turkish mystery
Nanny's Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith, romantic comedy
Perfection: A Memoir by Julie Metz, memoir
Pearl of China: A Novel by Anchee Min, fiction

Skin and Bones by D.C. Corso, crime fiction
The Stone Monkey by Jeffrey Deaver, thriller
Murder in the Palais Royale by Cara Black, mystery
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult, women's fiction
A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta by Paul Theroux, crime fiction
The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata, literary fiction
Feeling the Vibe by Candace Dow, fiction
Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright, contemporary fiction
At Home with Laurie Ann: A Decorator's Guide , interior decorating
The Godfather of Katmandu by John Burdett, detective fiction

 WOW: A Handbook for Living by Zen Ohashi and Zono Kurazono, self-help
The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji, women's fiction
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, fiction
The Brick Layer by Noah Boyd, crime fiction
 Far From the Land: An Irish Memoir by Thomas J. Rice
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, fiction
The Risk of Infidelity Index: A Vincent Calvino Crime Novel by Christopher G. Moore
Paying Back Jack: A Vincent Calvino Novel by Christopher G. Moore, detective series
Thirsty: A Novel by Kristin Bair O'Keefe, fiction.
I Ching: New Interpretation for Modern Times

Dino Vicelli, Private Eye by Lori Weiner, crime fiction
The Trudeau Vector: A Novel by Juris Jurjevics, thriller
One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, fiction
Knit, Purl, Die by Anne Canadeo, mystery
Simply Quince by Barbara Gazarian, a cookbook
Denise's Daily Dozen: The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks by Denise Austin, exercise and diet
The Cuban Chronicles by Wanda St. Hilaire, travel memoir
The Tricking of Freya: A Novel, by Christina Sunley
The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer, a thriller
A Map of Paradise: A Novel of 19th C Hawaii by Linda Ching Sledge

What does your list look like this year?


  1. You know you had a great year when you want to star them all!!! I had a pretty great reading year too!! I think 2011 will be even better!! Happy New Year!

  2. Well, my list is much shorter, unfortunately! You really read a lot of books, and it's great that you liked all of them. That's a wonderful list - I see several titles I'll be adding to my TBR list (thanks). Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

  3. Now that is a wrap up :-) a Twist of Orchids is on my Wishlist.

  4. You read so many really good books in 2010. May 2011 be just as great for you. Happy New Year Harvee.


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