Wednesday, December 29, 2010

18 books I wish I would have read in 2010...

...but for some reason just did not get to.  I wanted to mention them because some of them MIGHT have been favorites this year - if I had read them.  You can bet most of these (I hope) will show up on the blog in 2011 at some point.

6 books from favorite YA authors (not all from 2010)



Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Sleepless by Cyn Balog
Experienced (A Beautiful Americans novel)
by Lucy Silag
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Now except for Sleepless, these are all books that I bought, which explains partly why I haven't gotten to them yet since review books do tend to get priority in my pile.  Beth Kephart had two awesome sounding novels out this year and I bought both immediately and really can't wait to have the time to savor her way with language and story.  I've been reading Turner's Queen's Thief series ever so slowly because I don't ever want it to end!  Balog charmed with Fairy Tale, a story about fairies no less, so I'm interested to she what she has done with the sandman myth.  The Beautiful Americans series, featuring a group of American exchange students in Paris, has me captivated.  I bought Fever 1793 on recommendation from Rebecca because I do so enjoy plague tales.  I think I need to do a theme week, because I have a bunch of other books I'd love to read that'd fit the category.



2010 YA Debuts

Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
Sea by Heidi R. Kling
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
Eighth Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich


These first 4 all are set in exotic foreign locales (which I love, obvs) - Laos, Indonesia, France, Cuba.  I spent some time with the authors of the last 2 (had breakfast with Chelsea during BEA and Bemi was at two of Daniel and Audrey's book signings in September).  I've read 30 2010 YA debuts this year, but I still feel like it could have been more!  It was such a great year for debuts, wasn't it?


Adult books pubbed in 2010

Faithful Place by Tana French
Room by Emma Donoghue
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Bloodroot by Amy Greene
How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu

I really can't believe I haven't read Faithful Place yet since The Likeness is one of my favorite books ever.  The other 5 are books I've added to my pile after BEA buzz and best lists galore.  I actually do not yet have Yu's book yet, but I plan to get asap.
 
Which books do you wish you had gotten to this year?

24 comments:

Lale said...

I just read 'Anna' and absolutely adored it. Can I recommend it for the top of your list? ;)

chelleyreads said...

i always have a list of books i wish i've too. but anna and the french kiss & faithful place are both my faves of 2010 -- you must make time for them in 2011 :D

Lenore said...

Yes, dears! Anna and Faithful Place WILL BE READ in 2011. Pinkie swear!

Stephanie :) (Books Are A Girl's Best Friend) said...

There are so many books I wish I'd read this year too! That's why I am thinking of taking part in the 2011 Wish I'd Read That Challenge to motivate me. Some of the ones high on my list are Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap and Cate Of The Lost Colony by Lisa M Klein. I got those two for Christmas thoug so I'm looking forward to reading them soon :)

Lenore said...

Stephanie - Oooh! Who is hosting that?!

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I just started Room and Anna + the French Kiss today...I think that both are worth reading. I've only read/ listen to about 100 pages of each, but am hooked. (For different reasons, but hooked nonetheless!)

Sara said...

I like the sound of that challenge... I did some searching and found it here: http://books-love-affair.blogspot.com/2010/12/wish-id-read-that-challenge-2011.html

Michelle said...

Definitely put Anna and the French Kiss at the top of your list! It's a fantastic read.

Jamie said...

Ahh I wish I read Anna as well as Room. I'm hoping to remedy this in January!

the story siren said...

what a great post.... i always have a huge list of books i wish i would have read. why can't there be more days in the year to read!

Steph Su said...

Oh, I enjoyed all of the books on your 2010 YA Debuts list. I just recently got ROOM; with all the good hype surrounding it, I figured I need to get to it soon!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Dangerous Neighbors feels like a nourishing meal, the language is so beautiful. I've read Fever 1793 with a summer book club with much success.

Emy Shin said...

I am the same with MWT. I still haven't read CONSPIRACY OF KINGS after buying it ages ago, because I know I'll have to wait years again for the next book.

Emily said...

There has been SO much buzz around Anna, so now I feel as if I have no other choice but to read it!

Lenore said...

Thanks Sara!

Emily - That's how I feel. The massive buzz was what made me read The Sky is Everywhere and that was certainly well worth it!

Nic @ Irresistible Reads said...

Dangerous Neighbors is on my wish I read this year list too. There are too many books that I didn't get my hands on like Tell Me A Secret :)

Sandy Nawrot said...

I'd love to give you my list, but there are just so many. I felt like I really dropped the ball this year in many ways. I did read both Kephart books though, and they really were wonderful, as everything else that she does. I also adored Faithful Place (even though it was quite up to par with In the Woods and The Likeness) and Room is on my top reads of the year. 2011, however is going to be a year of no regrets!

Staci said...

There are too many books to list!!! I loved Dangerous Neighbors...enjoy Kephart. She is an amazing author!

Melissa said...

There are so many books I wish I got to in 2010. I totally slacked for a couple of months, and I feel like I would have been able to read more had I not.

Misha said...

I have a huge list of books that I wanted to read this year but couldn't. So many books to read and so little time!
Tana French is one of my favourite authors. I hope you enjoy Faithful Place.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Lenore!
Misha

Meghan said...

I definitely meant to read more Beth Kephart this year - it's a must for 2011 now.

Zibilee said...

I have heard such wonderful things about Beth Kephart's books and want to read at least one in the new year. Also, this will be the year I finally read some Tana French!!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I absolutely loved Faithful Place. One of my favorites of this past year and I just read it! Got it in right at the end.

Kelly H-Y said...

Great list! Anything by Beth Kephart is on my list!!