Books I’ve read (or finished reading) in 2010

1. The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

I have a confession to make: I’ve had this book in my possession for a number of years. At least 2, possibly three. My sister lent it to me and told me I’d like it, which is possibly why it ended up staying on my shelf untouched for so long. After having a conversation with a friend about the film adaptation a couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to read it. I’m not sorry I did. I didn’t LOVE it, but it read well. The one thing that bothered me most about the text was that the main character had the perfect opportunity to provide closure to her family, and didn’t take it. In no way would such an act have made it  a “happily ever after” ending – if that’s what you’re hoping to find, this isn’t going to give it to you. But leaving it hanging like that, the never knowing – to be fair, it is a a very 14-year-old thing to do. As a parent, though, that was the most heartbreaking part of the book.

I liked the writing style enough that I have Sebold’s autobiographical Lucky on reserve at the library right now. The idea of Bones as a film is intriguing, as it’s not one that would be easily developed cinematically. My curiosity is piqued.

2. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union Michael Chabon

What would the world be like if Israel collapsed in 1948 and the Jews were (temporarily) given a piece of Alaska? This novel is part speculative fiction (and rather dystopic, at that), part police procedural – both genres I tend to enjoy. Mix in an isolated Jewish community incorporating those without faith as well as those who live fervently to the letter of the 613, and I’m a happy camper. It took a bit of time for me to get into it, and I can’t even tell you at which point I was hooked, but there came a point where I found myself mournfully putting the book down to work, to parent, to cross the street.

3. White Like She Bob Fingerman

4. Dragonslippers: This is What an Abusive Relationship Looks Like Rosalind B. Penfold

5. The True Meaning of Cleavage Mariah Fredericks

6. Fables: War and Pieces Bill Willingham

7. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Alison Bechdel

8. Rebel Angels Libba Bray

9. My Most Secret Desire Julie Doucet

10. Awkward and Definition Ariel Schrag

11. Murder Mysteries Neil Gaiman

12. Sandman: Endless Nights Neil Gaiman

13. The Sweet Far Thing Libba Bray

14. From Dead to Worse Charlaine Harris

15. Lucky Alice Sebold

16. Supernatural: Origins Peter Johnson

17. Supernatural: Rising Son Peter Johnson, Rebecca Dessertine, Eric Kripke

18. Transmetropolitan: The Cure Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson

19. Transmetropolitan: Tales of Human Waste Warrren Ellis and Darick Robertson

20. The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle Jim Butcher

21. Soundtrack: Short Stories 1989-1996 Jessica Abel

22. Spellbinders: Signs & Wonders Mike Carey

23. Uglies Scott Westerfeld

24. Pretties Scott Westerfeld

25. Specials Scott Westerfeld

26. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat Jane Espenson, Georges Jeanty, Joss Whedon

27. Chicken with Plums Marjane Satrapi

28. Extras Scott Westerfeld

29. Cat’s Claw Amber Benson

30. Dance with the Devil Linda Barnes

31. Bellwether Connie Willis

32. Regifters Mike Carey

33. Blabbermouth Mike Carey and Louise Carey

34. Runaways: Dead Zone

35. Civil War: Runaways/New Avengers

36. Runaways: Rock Zombies

37. Runaways: Homeschooling

38. Secret Invasion: Runaways/New Avengers

39.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson

40.The Sandman Presents: The Furies Mike Carey, John Bolton

41. Fables: The Dark Ages Bill Willingham et al.

42. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life Bryan Lee O’Malley

43. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World Bryan Lee O’Malley

44. House Rules Jodi Picoult

45. The Girl who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson

46. Little Brother Cory Doctorow

47. Bottle Rocket Hearts Zoe Whittall

48. Burnout Rebecca Donner, Inaki Miranda

49. Dead in the Family Charlaine Harris

50. Holding Still For as Long as Possible Zoe Whittall

51. Angel: After the Fall Volume Four Joss Whedon, Bryan Lynch

52. Angel: Aftermath Volume Five Kelley Armstrong

53. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson

54. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volume 1 Svetlana Chmakova

55. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volume 2 Svetlana Chmakova

56. Sizzling Sixteen Janet Evanovich

57. Dirty Job Christopher Moore

58. Come, Thou Tortoise Jessica Grant

59. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

60. Leviathan Scott Westerfeld

61. Catching Fire Suzanne Collins

62. NYX: No Way Home Marjorie Liu

63. The Salt Roads Nalo Hopkinson

64. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins

65. Gone Michael Grant

66. Looking for Alaska John Green

67. Remake Connie Willis

68. Rainbow Boys Alex Sanchez

69. Rainbow High Alex Sanchez

70. Fables 14: Witches Bill Willingham

71. The Sentimentalists Johanna Skibsrud

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