Saturday Review of Books: January 1, 2011

TODAY, SATURDAY January 1st, will be a special edition of the Saturday Review of Books especially for booklists. You can link to a list of your favorite books read in 2010, a list of all the books you read in 2010, a list of the books you plan to read in 2010, or any other end of the year or beginning of the year list of books. Whatever your list, it’s time for book lists. So scroll down to link to yours.

Tim Challies’ Top 10 Books of 2010

A Fuse #8 Production: 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2010

2010 INSPY Winners. The INSPYs were created by bloggers to discover and highlight the very best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith.

The Instant Classics: Picture Books of 2010 by Margaret E. Perry at First Things.

Danielle at A Work in Progress: New Books to Look Forward To.

Twelve Books for Evangelicals from 2010 by Matthew Lee Anderson at Mere Orthodoxy.

Erin Reads: 2011 Reading Goals A goal Erin and I share: Read more classics.

The Literary Omnivore: 2010 in Review, Top Ten Books Read Number One on her list is one of my favorite books of all time. HInt: its author has a birthday coming up in January.

Reader Buzz: The Best of 2010 in Books

Reading Matters: Top 10 Reads of 2010 I agree that So Much For That by Lionel Shriver was good, and I need to read Room, apparently.

At Home With Books: Time Travel Reading Challenge. The challenge post includes a list of possible time travel books to get you started.

Roseanne E. Lortz: Historical Fiction by Centuries, Part 1. Part 2. We share some of the same favorites, inclding Byzantium by Stephen Lawhead, Ellis Peters’ Cadfael mysteries, and Katharine by Anya Seton.

Beyond Unknowing: Books of the Year 2010. Mostly philosophy and theology, way beyond me, but the blogger also includes Marilynne Robinson on his list. Give it to me in a story every time.

Neal Pollack at The Millions: A Year in Reading. “I can’t write about my year in reading without mentioning the work of Alan Furst. Any page of his World War II era espionage novels top any moment of The Winds Of War that I consumed as a kid. I think I read seven Furst books in 2010.” I must check out Furst.
Other A Year in Reading posts at The Millions.

Book Chase: Top 10 Fiction of 2010. The only one of Mr. Sattler’s 10 that I have read is number 1, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, and I agree it was a fine novel. Several others look to be of interest.

Devourer of Books: The Books I Gushed About in 2010. Some audio, some print. I’ve not read a single book on her list, but several sound inviting.

Becky at Young Readers: 52 Book of the Weeks. Becky’s favorites for the zero to eight crowd for each week of her reading year.

Becky (again) at Operation Read Bible: Top Ten Christian Nonfiction. I need to read more “meaty” nonfiction. Becky’s list would be a good place to start.

So Many Books: 2010 in Review. Stephanie likes Wodehouse, so how can I not take her suggestions under consideration? Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee sounds like something I would enjoy.

Chicken Spaghetti: Norman’s Best Books of 2010. I still need to check out Part Time Indian by Alexie and Franzen’s Freedom, but I’m afraid they won’t live up to the hype.

The Blue Bookcase: Best Books Meagan Read in 2010. 5 out of her 10 I’ve read and loved. One (The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman) I tried and and failed to appreciate. So adds are good for the other four.

Patheos: Top Ten Religious Books of 2010. Not just Christianity, these selections run the gamut from the complexities of Indian religion to to Islam versus Christianity to a treatise on agnosticism.

Melissa Wiley: Some books I’m super especially happy I read this year. Three of these are going on my list; three of them I’ve already read and loved, and then there’s The Children’s Hour. I tried and couldn’t quite . . . like it.

Brenda at Coffee, Books Tea and Me: Favorite Reading 2010. Such a cosy, inviting list: Elizabeth Goudge, D.E. Stevenson, Sally and Sarah Clarkson, and other of the same ilk. If you like this list, you really should be reading Brenda’s blog.

The Living Room: The 2010 Book List. Amanda even includes stats, plus a full list of all her reading for 2010, plus a list of favorites. She writes, “I really, really wanted to like Phantastes, but it dragged and was weird and episodic.” Me, too, Amanda. But maybe I’ll try again if I get desperate.

Noel at Never Jam Today: Reading and Resolutions 2010. Favorite re-read is Jellicoe Road, really? What am I missing? But over all Noel’s is a wonderful list.

Blogging Theologically by Aaron Armstrong: Favorite Books of 2010. Mr. Armstrong includes business and leadership, biography and memoir, and theology categories of books.

Danielle at A Work in Progress: Favorite Reads of 2010. Mostly fiction. Her favorite of all: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.

Hope Is the Word: Read Aloud Thursday–Best of 2010 Some of my favorites, including The Hundred Dresses.

Carrie at Reading to Know: Read Aloud Thursday–Wrapping up 2010. Carrie raves about Tumtum and Nutmeg.

Bookgazing: Favorite Books 2010.

At a Hen’s Pace: The Year in Review–Books We definitely enjoy some of the same authors: Trollope, Brett Lott, Athol Dickson, Dale Cramer.

Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit: My Best Reads of 2010. Serena includes books of poetry, historical fiction, YA fiction, audiobooks, nonfiction, chicklit, Vietnam War fiction, and regular fiction on her eclectic list.

Word Lily: Best Reads 2010. “These are the books that most sunk into me, became a part of me.”

Melissa at Book Nut: My Best of 2010. Melissa has lot of categories, even a few “Books that made me want to go out and do something.”

Jason Gray at The Rabbit Room: Favorites of 2010. Books, films, and music.

George Grant at Eleventary: New Book Favs, 2010. Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxiis looks as if it made nearly everyone’s (Christian) list last year. Maybe it’ll be on mine for 2011.

The Fourth Musketeer: Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens. Margo reviews mostly historical fiction for kids and teens, and she has some good picks.

I’ve been collecting lists for several days. If your book list for 2010 or 2011 is not here, I did not intentionally skip you. PLEASE leave a link below so that we can all enjoy all the lovely lists of the season.


1. SFP (pages turned)
2. Barbara H. (Top ten read in 2010)
3. Barbara H. (Books read in 2010)
4. Barbara H. (Christmas reads)
5. Reading to Know (Review of 2010 reads/2011 goals)
6. Reading to Know (Chapter book read alouds in 2010)
7. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Best of 2010)
8. Page Turner / Heather (Nov-Dec Reviews)
9. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Bookish and Bloggy Plans for 2011)
10. Page Turner / Heather (Books read in 2010)
11. Mental multivitamin (The year in books)
12. Mental multivitamin (The most memorable books of 2010)
13. Wayside Sacraments (2010 Top 10)
14. Janet, Across the Page (2010 Book List)
15. Janet, Across the Page (Tabitha’s Travels)
16. Janet, Across the Page (Gilead)
17. Benjie @ Book ‘Em Benj-O (Christmas Reading)
18. Nordic Challenge 2011 Resources List
19. The Black Sheep Dances (One more list)
20. Beth@Weavings (Books Read in 2010)
21. Beth@Weavings (Top Reads of 2010)
22. Donovan @ Where Peen Meets Paper (Books of 2010)
23. Collateral Bloggage (2010 Audiobook Highlights)
24. Collateral Bloggage (Full 2010 List)
25. Collateral Bloggage (2010 Favorites)
26. EuropeAnne (2010 Books)
27. Krakovianka (Best of 2010)
28. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Part 1- Intro))
29. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Part 2- best fiction)
30. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Part 4- disappointing fiction)
31. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Part 3- best non-fiction)
32. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Part 5- disappointing non-fiction)
33. Janie (Once Blind: The Life of John Newton)
34. Alice@Supratentorial
35. DebD (Birds in Fall)
36. Beckie@ByTheBook (2010 Best Books)
37. Fleur Fisher in her World
38. Hope (Best of 2010)
39. gautami tripathy (Best of 2010)
40. Lazygal (Year-End Reading Round-Up, 2010 edition)
41. Leah Courtney(2010 Reading Year in Review)
42. Heather T(Read in 2010)
43. Melanie @ The Wine Dark Sea (favorites from the last quarter of 2010)
44. Melinda (books read in 2010)
45. SFP (Reading resolutions)
46. Carol in Oregon (Reading Recap, 2010 Version)
47. the Ink Slinger (2010 Year In Review)
48. Melody @ Fingers & Prose (Year in Review)
49. JHS @ Colloquium (2010 Challenge Results)
50. JHS @ Colloquium (Fall Into Reading Wrap-Up)
51. Fahye (Books read 2010 and top 7)
52. Kelli’s Top Ten Reads of 2010
53. Judy @ Seize the Book Blog (Favorite Fiction Reads of 2010)
54. Kara @ Home With Purpose (Fall 2010 list)
55. the Ink Slinger (Reading Sample 2010)
56. Gladsome Lights – Books of 2010
57. Marci’s Book Blog
58. Reading Is Breathing (Books To Look Forward to in 2011)
59. Conversational Reading (Interesting New Books 2011)
60. A Christ-Like Life (My Best Books in 2010)
61. Grrl Detective (2010 Favorites and m;y List for 2011)
62. Siobhan Curious (My Top 10 Books of 2010)
63. My Friend Amy (best read in 2010)
64. She Reads Novels (Best of 2010)
65. Missional Mama (My 2010 Reading Life)
66. Literary Feline (2010: A Year in Review)
67. Yvonne (My 2010 Books in Review)
68. Galumphing (My Annual Reading Review)
69. Dan’s Books (Novels I’ve Read and Recommend from 2010)
70. Thinking Grounds (2010 in 10 Books)
71. Bethany (2010 in Books)
72. Ruth (Books Read in 2010)
73. Kara (2010 in Books)
74. Fanny Harville
75. Spoiled for the Ordinary (Top Books of 2010)
76. The Sleepless Reader (2010 reading overview)
77. Down the Rabbit Hole (Top Books of 2010)
78. Tiina (Top Reads of 2010)
79. To Will One Thing (Best of 2010: Books)
80. Michelle @ Peaceful Reader
81. Gina@ Bookscount
82. Girl Detective (2010 Books
83. Mindy Withrow (My look back list for 2010)
84. Diary of an Eccentric
85. The Girl @ Diary of an Eccentric
86. liberal simplicity (What I read in 2010)

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19 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: January 1, 2011

  1. Oh I could kiss you for doing this. I’d toyed with the idea myself, a roundup of booklists, but these uberlinky posts take a lot of time and I am super grateful to you for undertaking it. Thanks!!

    So which three books on my list did you add to your TBR? I’m curious! If you haven’t read Scrawl (I’m being too lazy right now to go look), I think you’d enjoy it.

  2. Thanks for hosting this so consistently and thanks for the link! I was scrolling through and missed it the first time so I linked it up in Mr. Linky. Anyway – thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!

  3. I’ve moved my booklists over from PalmTree Pundit to my new EuropeAnne blog. I love looking at everyone else’s lists! Happy New Year!

  4. Pingback: Books I Read in 2010 « europeanne

  5. Thanks for doing this. My review of the year is stupidly long and complicated but just have a look at the bits you’re interested it :)

    Happy New Year

  6. It is with fear and trepidation that I begin to look at other folks’ lists. Y’all are so convincing! I have occasional bouts of thinking I should read *less* in 2011 and get rid of more books (to which my counterpart roars NO!!!–it’s an amusing inner dialog).

    Anyways, at one point I thought to myself that this was the best reading year of my life. Alas, I so love superlatives. And I read some incredible books.

    Then I typed the list out and was aghast that the only thing older than the 20th century was a Louisa May Alcott book. Gasp! Where did my yearly Austen, Dickens and Trollope go? What about that promise I made to myself to read one Shakespeare a season until I had read through the canon? Slippery slope, folks.

    And why am I writing a blog post in your comments section, Sherry? ;)

    Happy Reading to you all. And thank you, Sherry, for your digital hospitality.

  7. Leave it to me to mess up when adding my entry! If you could delete #52 that would be wonderful!

  8. So, Sherry, you know what happens when I don’t read directions? :) Sorry! I’ve been away from home all week, read a wonderful little book I wanted to share, and squeezed in time to do so. Then to realize twelve hours later that I did so erroneously . . . makes me want to crawl under a rock. If you want to delete it, please feel free, and I’ll post it another week.

  9. Oh so lovely all these book lists to peruse! It almost makes me wish I’d done a real end of year favorites post. But if I’d tried that, I’d still be writing.

    Thank you so much for hosting.

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