Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Best Books I Read in 2010

Coming to the end of 2010 and looking back, it feels as though I've read a lot of stinkers this year.  So I thought I'd go through my reviews and find the books that earned the top five spots, just to remind myself that there are good books out there.

So, without further ado, here are the five best books I read in 2010:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (rating: 4.0)

I put off reading The Hunger Games for so long, fearing that it wouldn't live up to all the hype. But I'm very glad that I finally read it. It's one of those books that's so thought-provoking that it makes you wonder about your own life... and if something similar could happen to our own world if we're not careful.

Read my review of The Hunger Games here.

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My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares (rating: 4.6)

I'm a sucker for stories about reincarnation. Unfortunately, they're usually not done very well. In this case, though, Ann Brashares has crafted a beautiful story about two people who keep being drawn together in life after life, only to be separated once more. I can't wait to read the upcoming books in this planned trilogy.

Read my review of My Name is Memory here.

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (rating: 4.6)

This was a hardcover that I found in the bargain bin. It sat in my TBR pile for a while before I finally got to it, but I wish I had read it sooner. It's a dark sort of fairy tale with unforgettable settings and characters... and even more unforgettable villains. While not for the faint of heart, The Book of Lost Things is a must-read for readers who enjoy a well-imagined story.

Read my review of The Book of Lost Things here.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (rating: 4.6)

This is one book that definitely lived up to the hype surrounding it. While the book doesn't have the most original premise (think Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls), I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded. Plus, the writing was refreshingly beautiful. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

Read my review of Before I Fall here.

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Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis (rating: 4.8)

Tiger Moon was the best book I read in 2010. A magical, romantic fairy tale set in British India, this is a book that combines unforgettable characters with a beautiful narrative that makes you believe in love and the power of stories.

Read my review of Tiger Moon here.

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  1. I've only read The Hunger Games, but very much want to read My Name Is Memory and Before I Fall. I've been thinking about which books would be on my top 5/10/whatever list, but haven't gotten around to posting anything yet... Hopefully that will get done next week!

  2. I loved Hunger Games. And you have somre great picks there that I will have to check out. :)

  3. I'm in the minority for Hunger Games, I just don't enjoy the dystopian genre.

    I want to read Before I Fall.

  4. Haven't read any on your list but I plan to change that in 2011, Hunger Games and Before I Fall is definitely on my list .

  5. Great list - I read 'The Book of Lost Things' a couple of months ago! It was my first John Connolly novel and I agree with you completely - it's a fantastic story! It's good to hear that someone else enjoyed it too :)

  6. I just started The Hunger Games series, I really love this series.
    I haven't read the other books yet, putting them in my TBR, they look promising.

  7. Fantastic that you finally read and enjoyed The Hunger Games - I have to say it is one series that is definitely hyped for a reason! I tried to read The Book of Lost Things but I'm afraid I got turned off by all the violent, graphic depictions...as you say, not for the faint of heart.

  8. I'm really curious about The Book of Lost Things and now you're making me even more curious ;)

    I'll have to look into Tiger Moon. Hadn't heard of it before but sounds just like my kind of book.

  9. Great list! I've read all but Before I Fall and Tiger Moon. I'll have to add them to my list.

    Marcie from To Read or Not To Read