My favorite novels of 2010

Within hours the old year will be behind me and a new year of TMBTLT (Too Many Books Too Little Time) will commence! I never seem to have the time to read all the novels I want to read in the twelve months that we are given each year. My To Be Read stack is as high as ever, as tall as my nightstand and easily could double as one. But I read some great novels in 2010 – many – and as is my custom, I will close out the year with my top five.

I really, really enjoyed Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution – for lots of reasons. First, it’s about two young women in two time periods. One in the current day and one in the tumultuous days leading up to the French Revolution. Donnelly did what I love to do – she wove a historical thread into a contemporary story and made the two tales dance together. The interesting thing is this book is Young Adult fiction. Yep, Y.A. Which means if you go looking for it in your favorite bookstore, that’s where you will find it, in the young adult section. I enjoyed it so much it makes me wonder if I could possibly write YA sometime. The notion intrigues me. I think I might noodle that around a bit. This one’s a hardback and a keeper.
It won’t come as much as a surprise then when I say I equally enjoyed Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games – another YA novel and a runaway bestseller. I am a little behind on this very clever and emotionally engaging trilogy of a dystopic world and young woman caught in the coils of a world like the one we know but again not at all like it. The Hunger Games is the first of three, so I am behind. The third, Mockingjay, came out just a few months ago. I will be looking to read it and of course the second one, Catching Fire, in the new year. You know, I think I like YA . . .

My book club’s pick for January is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and I just finished it today and was sad to be done with it. Jamie Ford tells the story of a Chinese
American teen in love with a Japanese American girl in Seattle, just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Much to like here. A lovely, haunting story, one that you can imagine could actually have happened and maybe did. . .

I blogged earlier in the year about Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves. So well written, dark and gothic and a little deep at times, but oh, the characters. I love her style.
And Lisa Samson’s
Resurrection In May was everything I love about Lisa’s storytelling prowess. I love her stuff, I always have. I am so glad she and I have become good friends. I like to think her gifts rub off on you when you are near her.

So those are my five faves. I am anxious for the year to start so I can infuse it with great novels! First on my list for 2011 is Ken Follett’s newest, Fall of Giants.
How about you? What’s on the top of your list for 2011?
The happiest of New Years to you all!

Author: Susan

This post has 5 Comments

  1. Pattie on January 1, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I'm surprised about “Hunger Games.” The books are engrossing, of course, but so very violent.

  2. Joanne Bischof on January 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    These look like good reads! Time for a trip to the library… 🙂
    Happy New Year!

  3. Susan Meissner on January 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    You bring up a very good point, Pattie. The premise of The Hunger Games is appalling; I found myself wondering the whole time if we really lived in a dystopic world without God's influence and it seems His presence, we would truly sink that far? How could those parents live with the rules of that pseudo-Earth? Is that how low we would sink in a Godless place? And of course I wanted to believe our heroine was proof that not all of us would. But you are right. It's not a novel I would feel appropriate for all young adults.

  4. Clair on January 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I tried to read the Swan Thieves (checked it out from the library) but couldn't get into it. I will have to look into some of the other books.

  5. Susan Meissner on January 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Some of the gals in my book club didn't like Swan Thieves either; I love those gals so you are in good company, Clair! I think you will like Hotel on the Corner. . . It's a teensy bit predictable but sometimes that's what we want to hear, that the world is as it should be when for awhile it wasn't . . .

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