Booking It - 2010 Review

I cannot believe that it has been a year since I joined up and started Booking It with Jessica over at Life as MOM! I've done some reading since my last post, but I thought that the best thing to do would be to give a list of my original twelve book choices (with links to my reviews of them), and then a list of the other books I have read in 2010. I'm hoping there is a Booking It in 2011 because I'm already planning what I would like to read each month! The best book that came out of the Booking It reviews? Hands down: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I haven't read a book I liked so much in a long time.

Original Booking It Book List
January: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
February: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
March: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
April: Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead
May: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
June: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
July: Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
August: Nothing
September: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
October: An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
November: Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
Didn't Finish:
Becoming a Person of Influence by John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan
The Bible (I've done cover-to-cover before, so am taking my time this time around)

Additional Titles I've Read in 2010 (with review links if possible)
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (I agree with 85% of what he says)
Merlin by Stephen R. Lawhead (I don't think he's a good writer - sorry!)
Arthur by Stephen R. Lawhead (it didn't get any better)
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Today Matters by John C. Maxwell
Now Discover Your Strengths by Clifton/Buckingham (only good if the code works)
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (code only good for one person)
Hotel Juliet by Belinda Seaward
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer/Annie Barrows
My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme
The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn (slow start)
The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
Maniac Magee by Jerri Spinelli
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
Dancing with Max by Emily Colson (kind of depressing)
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Long Silence of Mario Salviati by Etienne van Heerden (very odd book - don't read it!)
A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball (nothing to write home about)
N or M by Agatha Christie (not my favorite main characters)
Who Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions by Zacharias/Geisler 

I think that makes a grand total of 30 books this year (I'm sure I've forgotten a book or two) - not too bad (but I'd like to read more next year).

Favorite from the original list: Amusing Ourselves or One Day
Least-favorite from the original list: Taliesin or Lost World
Least-favorite: Hotel Juliet or Merlin/Arthur

I'm linking up to the Life as MOM Booking It post today and I'm looking forward to seeing what others have read and how they did overall in the last year. Thanks to those who reviewed Guernsey - it was worth it! Hope to "see" you next year!

Disclosure: Amazon links are part of the Amazon Associates program, but all opinions are my own.


  1. I just read Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society this month and I have to agree with you. It was one of my favorite books that I read this year.

  2. I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!! I read it over the summer (or early fall maybe) and I'm going to read it again for a book club in January. Agreed - one of the best books I've read in awhile!

  3. What a great list! And long! One of my favorites, too, was the Guernsey book, although I think I read it last year. What a shame the author died before she could write anymore. (Is that selfish of me?)

  4. What a fun post! I need to keep track of what I read in 2011...

    You know I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society too. It was such a great read!


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