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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Change is Good

When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can turn into deadly projectiles. -Despair.com

My original plan for this post was to list every book I read last year, but there are 54 of them and I'm feeling lazy. Instead, I bring you STEPHANIE'S SUPER READS 2010! (Lame title, I know, but I've been playing Disney princesses with the four-year-old monkey for the past two hours. Brain=Mush).

My reading list used to be restricted to historical fiction with the occasional literary read, but last year I made a point to try new things. Change is good. Usually.

Now I present my favorite reads from all sorts of nifty genres!

Historical Fiction: TIED! Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain and Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

Mystery: The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby

Literary Fiction: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Young Adult: The Hunger Games (Series) by Suzanne Collins

Middle Grade: The Lightening Thief (Series) by Rick Riordan

Chapter Book: Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

Memoir: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Biography: John Adams by David McCullough

What new genres have you tried recently? Any books you read recently you would recommend?

Demotivator from Despair.com


Svea ~Muse in the Fog said...

I too loved Mistress of Rome! Definitely looking forward to her next book.

Have you ever read any of Elizabeth Chadwick's historical fiction novels? My favorite read of 2010 was one of hers: The Scarlet Lion.

Hehe, my 3 year old is all about Disney princesses... she is on a Belle kick right now :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Svea- I can't wait for Daughters of Rome to come out! I haven't read any of Elizabeth Chadwick's, but I'll check them out. My plan is to read 20+ historical novels this year!

And I'll take Belle over Sleeping Beauty any day!

Gary Corby said...

Those are some astounding books to be associated with. Thank you, I'm flattered!

Amalia T. said...

Whoa-- I didn't know there was a Daughters of Rome book coming, but I loved Mistress of Rome, also. And Gary's Pericles Commission was outside my usual box (kind of) since his novel was my FIRST EVER mystery.

I started keeping track of my books from last year, but somewhere around April/May/June I forgot to keep writing them down. oops! I guess I will have to try again this year :)

VR Barkowski said...

Outstanding group of books, Stephanie! I *still* haven't read Little Bee - but it's hovering near the top of my tbr list (hee, hee - unintentional pun). I try to read all genres, but my goal for 2011 is to hit up more mystery/thrillers. My favorite book of 2010 was The Book Thief.

Paul Greci said...

I just read "Life as we Knew it" by Michelle Beth Pfeffer. Loved it!!

WritingNut said...

Those are great books! I'm trying to break out of the YA genre and mix things up a bit ;)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wonderful list, Stephanie.
Probably the best thing I read last year was a literary fiction, Take One Candle Light a Room by Susan Straight.

Renee Yancy said...

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit.

The true story of an Olympic runner who fought in WW 2, survived the crash of his B24, spent 47 days on a makeshift raft in the ocean, only to be found by the Japanese and put into a horrendous POW camp where he became the focus of a sadistic guard determined to break him.

Wow, that was a run-on sentence for sure. But read the book. Really puts our own lives into focus when we see what some people have had to survive.

Dominique said...

I don't genre jump as much as I should, probably, but I definitely concur, Lighting Thief is awesome!

Jolene Perry said...

I just read the Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Loved it.
I'm in Wasilla, BTW - madness...