Literate Housewife’s Best of 2010

It’s always hard to believe, but we’re almost to the end of another year.  I already wrote about how this year was the year that audiobooks made themselves known fully in my life.  At the time I thought that post was going to be my only year-end post.  Ultimately I decided I couldn’t let 2010 leave for good without looking back at some of the marvelous books I’ve read over the year.

As I’m reading along all year, I keep a mental note of books I think will “make my year” so to speak.  It’s funny how what seemed so wonderful and so significant, when taken into account with the rest of my year’s library, didn’t end up making the cut.  It’s not that they weren’t excellent books.  It’s just that there were others that reached another level.  I don’t think that distance between now and when I read them makes a difference.  I feel as though the best books I read were about evenly split between the beginning and the end of the year.  Regardless, there was no question what books those would be.

In years previous, I selected my top 10 books, but not this year.  I couldn’t pick ten because there weren’t ten books that completely rocked my world with the same intensity as those I did select.  Here are the 5 books that completely excited, amused, entranced, captured, and romanced this reader in 2010 (in some semblance of order). I hope that my reviews along with the fact that they are listed in this post says it all.

  1. The End of the Affair
  2. Columbine
  3. A Reliable Wife
  4. Let the Great World Spin
  5. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

Just because the following didn’t have the same impact on me as the Big 5, doesn’t mean they weren’t excellent reads.  I would highly recommend these as well (in no particular order):


  • At 2010.12.29 16:34, Marie said:

    The end of the affair is one of my all-time favorite novels. :-) Great to see it on your list!

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    • At 2010.12.29 16:36, bookmagic said:

      Some I’ve read, some I want to read. I wasn’t sure about A Reliable Wife. I loved parts and hated parts. Great list!

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      • At 2010.12.29 16:58, Avid Reader said:

        I loved your 1, 2 and 4. #5 is sitting on my TBR shelf, but I couldn’t get on with #3. Great list!

        • At 2010.12.29 17:14, rhapsodyinbooks said:

          It’s funny about A Reliable Wife. I loved it too and yet it is a book that normally I wouldn’t like at all. But it was so well done and had such great twists!

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          • At 2010.12.29 19:16, Sandy said:

            Columbine and Let the Great World Spin were both on my lists too. They rendered me speechless. I did have to laugh though, because A Reliable Wife was one of my most hated books. I was thoroughly disgusted with that book. I knew you loved it, as well as most other bloggers, so I blame myself or my mood on that one!

            • At 2010.12.29 19:43, Jennifer said:

              A Reliable Wife is definitely my most controversial selection. I loved it, though.

              • At 2010.12.29 19:56, Jamie said:

                All of these are on my TBR list. Glad to know they made the top of your list! I really want to get to all of these in the beginning of 2011 rather than later!

                • At 2010.12.29 19:58, Jennifer said:

                  Oh, you should! You’ll either love or hate A Reliable Wife. It’s that kind of a book.

                  • At 2010.12.29 20:04, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

                    The only of your five I have read is the controversial one, which I really liked. The rest I hope to get to in 2011.

                    • At 2010.12.29 20:50, Marg said:

                      I haven’t read any of those!

                      • At 2010.12.30 19:59, Sandra Gulland said:

                        Great list. I loved A RELIABLE WIFE. I look forward to your review of ROOM.

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                        • At 2011.01.05 10:32, Anna said:

                          The Poisonwood Bible is one of my all-time favorites! Glad you enjoyed it as well. Hope you have a great reading year in 2011.

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                          • At 2011.01.09 20:33, Becky said:

                            I loved A Reliable Wife. 😉

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                            • At 2011.02.11 23:40, Camille said:

                              Hello Literate House Wife-

                              I really want to read “Cutting for Stone” with my book group but we like to keep our reading clean. No graphic sex scenes or bad language. Can you recall if this book has any of those? Thank you for your reviews they are great!

                              (Required, will not be published)

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