Books Read 2010

I’m typing this up a few days early, so perhaps the list won’t be complete if I finish a book or two before midnight strikes on December 31st. There are a few books here waiting review, which will appear sometime in 2011 – so don’t worry if yours is mentioned here and not yet reviewed! I’ll also do my annual End of Year Meme, but not until January. Here’s the lot – and I made my annual target of over 100 books! As before, re-reads have an ‘x’ in front of them.

x1. The Provincial Lady Goes Furhter – E.M. Delafield
2. In the Springtime of the Year – Susan Hill
3. A Game of Hide and Seek – Elizabeth Taylor
4. The Unspoken Truth – Angelica Garnett
5. Nothing is Safe – E.M. Delafield
6. Mrs. Tim of the Regiment – D.E. Stevenson
7. Betwixt and Between – Rosa Maria Bracco
8. In the Garden of the North American Martyrs – Tobias Wolff
9. Nella Last’s War – Nella Last
x10. Sisters By A River – Barbara Comyns
11. Immortality – Milan Kundera
12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
13. White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi
14. Staying With Relations – Rose Macaulay
15. The Blue Fox – Sjon
16. Beside the Sea – Veronique Olmi
x17. The Provincial Lady in America – E.M. Delafield
18. David Golder – Irene Nemirovsky
19. Can Any Mother Help Me? – Jenna Bailey (ed.)
20. Miss Mole – E.H. Young
21. Mrs. Dose the Doctor’s Wife – Joyce Dennys
x22. The Provincial Lady in Wartime – E.M. Delafield
23. High Wages – Dorothy Whipple
24. The Overdose – Joyce Dennys
25. Mystery Mile – Margery Allingham
26. Travels With My Aunt – Graham Greene
27. Aunt’s Aren’t Gentlemen – P.G. Wodehouse
x28. Matty and the Dearingroydes – Richmal Crompton
29. The British Character Studied and Revealed – Pont
30. Hector and the Search for Happiness – Francois Lelord
31. Identity – Milan Kundera
32. Boxer, Beetle – Ned Beauman
33. The Haunted Bridge and other stories – Jane Gordon-Cumming
34. The Behaviour of Moths – Poppy Adams
35. The Maintenance of Headway – Magnus Mills
36. A Long Long Way – Sebastian Barry
37. The Girl With Glass Feet – Ali Shaw
38. The Art of Gardening – Mary Robinson
39. Friends Like These – Danny Wallace
40. Brother of the More Famous Jack – Barbara Trapido
41. Secret Lives – E.F. Benson
42. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
x43. Miss Ranskill Comes Home – Barbara Euphan Todd
44. Little Boy Lost – Marghanita Laski
45. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
46. Images in a Mirror – Sigrid Undset
x47. The Dover Road – A.A. Milne
48. The Man Who Planted Trees – Jean Giono, Michael McCurdy
49. The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
50. The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns
51. Stone in a Landslide – Maria Barbal
52. The Green Child – Herbert Read
53. Flower Phantoms – Ronald Fraser
54. A Harp in Lowndes Square – Rachel Ferguson
55. The Sandcastle – Iris Murdoch
56. Being George Devine’s Daughter – Harriet Devine
57. Mr. Rosenblum’s List – Natasha Solomons
58. More Talk of Jane Austen – Sheila Kaye-Smith, G.B. Stern
59. Too Much Happiness – Alice Munro
60. Two Days in Aragon – Molly Keane
61. The Poetics of Space – Gaston Bachelard
62. The Seraphim Room – Edith Olivier
63. The Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie
64. The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
65. Wish Her Safe At Home – Stephen Benatar
66. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
67. The Debt to Pleasure – John Lanchester
68. Andrina and other stories – George Mackay Brown
x69. Once A Week – A.A. Milne
70. Let’s Kill Uncle – Rohan O’Grady
71. Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion – Rosemary Jackson
72. Birds in Tiny Cages – Barbara Comyns
73. The Uncanny House – Mary L. Pendered
74. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
75. The House in the Country – Bernadette Murphy
76. Travelling Light – Tove Jansson
77. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
78. Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman – Friederich Christian Delius
79. The Hours (screenplay) – David Hare
80. The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh
81. A Kid for Two Farthings – Wolf Mankowitz
82. Stevenson Under the Palm Trees – Albert Manguel
83. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
84. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones
85. An Unexpected Guest – Bernadette Murphy
x86. Howards End is on the Landing – Susan Hill
87. Magical Realism and the Fantastic – Amaryll Beatrice Chanady
88. Which Way? – Theodora Benson
89. The Uncanny – Nicholas Royle
90. Villette – Charlotte Bronte
91. Stories of the Strange and Sinister – Frank Baker
92. What is Psychoanalysis? – Isador H. Coriat
93. Fantasy and Mimesis – Kathryn Hume
94. The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood
95. Remember, Remember – Hazel McHaffie
96. The Fantastic: A Strctural Approach to a Literary Genre – Tveztan Todorov
97. Loitering With Intent – Muriel Spark
98. Make Me an offer – Wolf Mankowitz
99. Strange Glory – L.H. Myers
100. The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
101. The Fantastic in Literature – Eric Rabkin
102. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
103. Joy Street: A Wartime Romance in Letters – Mirren Barford, John Lewes
104. Love on the Supertax – Marghanita Laski
105. Tepper Isn’t Going Out – Calvin Trillin
106. Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl – Jenny Wren
107. All Quiet on the Orient Express – Magnus Mills
108. Wait For Me! – Deborah Devonshire
109. The Haunted Bookshop – Christopher Morley
110. Dangerous Ages – Rose Macaulay
x111. The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
x112. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
x113. The Horse and His Boy – C.S. Lewis
x114. Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis
115. The Night Watch – Sarah Waters

8 thoughts on “Books Read 2010

  • December 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    WOW! Over a hundred books every year! I wish I'd have the same luxury of time to read books as yours. :)

    Have a blessed 2011! :)

  • December 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Wow! I've seen a few 'Best Book' lists over the last day or so, but I think yours is the most impressive so far!

    I'm glad that 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog' and 'The Vet's Daughter' have made their way on to the list, as I think that they are both fantastic books.

    Happy New Year!

  • December 31, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I say!! What a list!! I've read a mere sampling of this. I did really love 'Little Boy Lost' and look forward to 'Wait for me!'

  • December 31, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I like your list and am keeping it as a recommendation for myself! I have read a few on them but so much more to read.

    All the very best for the New Year.

  • January 1, 2011 at 3:10 am

    We've had a few in common this year. Happy New Year to you and your family, and happy reading in 2011! :)

  • January 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    With all good wishes for 2011. Thank you for your blog & the enjoyment I & others get from it. May the coming year bring you joy & peace – & many delightful books.

  • January 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I see some real great reads here!

    I read 95 books, not bad, considering I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a great reading year in 2011!!!

    Here are my Best Reads of 2010

  • January 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

    coypatalgsa – I am very blessed by having a lot of reading time, and hope I can keep it up as long as possible!

    Spangle – they weren't all Best Books, sadly :) but I do like noting everything I read.

    Daniel – I would be astonished if you didn't love Wait for Me!

    Mystica – oh wonderful :) I should note the ones I liked and didn't like, but that would lead to a starring system, and I know that would be too difficult for me to keep consistent…

    Susan – Happy New Year, Susan!

    Gill – thanks Gill, and thanks for reading – have a wonderful 2011.

    gautami – four months with a slump is horrible, glad you made it through – and 95 is a great total for just 8 months' reading.


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