100 Books In 2010

On January 1, 2010 I joined the 100 books in 2010 blogging challenge.

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To date I’ve only read 17 books. I’m falling behind, I should be up to 27 books by now. My record is 75 books in one year so I’ll try to beat that record this year.

My favorite 2010 books so far:

1.  Mudbound – Hillary Jordon

Mudbound begins with two brothers digging a grave for their father.  It takes place in the 1940’s post WWII?  The book takes off like a race horse and it’s hard to put down; the ending is gut wrenching but the book is incredibly powerful and worth your time.  I think this book should be getting a lot more attention.  If you’re part of a book club it’s a perfect selection because you’ll want to discuss it with others.

2.  The Hunger Games –  Suzanne Collins

I’m embarrassed to admit that I liked this book.  The whole premise is absurd.  It’s fantasy, science fiction, young adult literature – three of my least favorite genres.  And oh yeah, did I mention it’s far-fetched absurdity?

No, it has nothing to do with vampires, but guess who stayed up until 2 AM reading this book?

Why?

Maybe it was the fast pace, the suspense at the end of every single chapter or the weird dark story line – I don’t know, but I do know that it sucked me in and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

3.  Highest Duty:  My Search For What Really Matters – Chesley Sullenberger

This book was passed around my entire family.  My dad read it first, then my sister, my mom and me.  We all loved it! My grandfather (my mother’s father) was a Caption for United Airlines for 32 years. I grew up listening to my grandfather talk about his love of airplanes and flying so Captain Sully’s similar love of aviation captured all our hearts.  Plus, Sully’s personal quest to do the right thing, to go the extra mile and to be a good person resonated with us as well. It’s a feel good, inspirational story for all.

4.  Chosen By A Horse – Susan Richards

There are 248 pages in this book.  At page 100 I started crying and didn’t stop until the end.  If you’re up for an emotional read about pain, loss, mistreatment and ultimately real love, courage and triumph of the human spirit you’ll treasure Susan Richards memoir, I know I did.  The next day I ran to the library and I checked out the sequel, Chosen Forever and I read it just as fast and enjoyed it just as much as her first book. Now I can’t wait for her third book, Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me in And Set Me Free, which will be out this May.  Someday I could only hope to write my own memoir with as much depth and wisdom as Richards.

5.  The Help – Kathryn Sockett

Gush, gush, gush.  Where do I even begin with this one?  Although I have to say it took me awhile to “get into” this book (the first 50 pages or so).  It’s a story to savor and I ultimately didn’t want it to end.

The Help is about black maids who worked for white women in the early 60’s in Jackson, Mississippi.  It’s shocking, sad, despicable, funny, heart-warming and an incredibly candid look into racism and class structures. The author, Kathryn Sockett grew up in a wealthy Southern Mississippi family and she was raised by a black maid.  Her respect and love for her own “Help”/Maid was the inspiration behind this novel.

Three strong women characters (two black, one white) tell this story in alternating voices.  A “Jolene” (very Southern name, but spelled Joline in the book) character even made a brief appearance, although I have to say, I’m not proud of my Southern namesake in this book.  Nonetheless it’s an amazing novel and I highly recommend it!

I have no doubt that The Help will be made into a major blockbuster movie, so read it now.  The book is always better than the movie!

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Social media mogels, Tim Ferris (author of The 4-Hour Work Week) and Kevin Rose (founder of Digg) discuss their favorite books in this video below.

Random w/ Tim and Kevin – Ep3 from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

So what are some of your favorite books?

I love hearing what other people are reading.  If you’ve read a page-turning-can-not-put-it-down-OMG-this-is-a-great-book please share it in the comments below. I need more books to add to my 2010 must read list.

And finally, here’s one last resource to inspire you on Why And How You Should Find Time To Read.


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4 Comments

  1. That’s a fantastic challenge! I adore reading and it is SO important for our brains. One of the things I’m most excited about with graduating from university this month is that I’ll be able to spend more time reading books that I want to read… no homework to do in the evenings!

    Thanks for the recommendations. I love anything by Graham Greene, and right now I’m re-reading (for the millionth time) Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series. It’s historical fiction and even though I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read her books, they’re still impossible to put down! Also, I’ve heard that Susan Sontag is fantastic, although I have yet to read her work.

  2. Sagan – Thanks so much for your recommendations! I have the first book in the Outlander series. I started it years ago but didn’t finish, I’ll have to try it again… I haven’t heard of Susan Sontag so I’m excited to check out her books. Thanks again for commenting!

  3. I just barely finished Hunger Games and the 2nd book in the series. I was skeptical at first but my wife convinced me to give it a try and I couldn’t put it down. Had to read the 2nd immediately. Very good reads. 🙂

  4. Oh I’m so glad I’m not the only one who liked the Hunger Games 🙂 I still need to read Catching Fire, maybe this weekend. Thanks for your comment, Blake!

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