Archive for December 30th, 2010

Well it’s that time of year isn’t it?  When we all have a look back at the year that was and pick our favourites.  I read a total of 47 books this year.  Not too bad, but I would have liked to have got nearer 52.  Still, I’ve had other projects on the go this year. 

Anyhow, without further ado, here’s my top five reads for 2010:

1.  The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa – an absolute must read, sublime stuff.  See my musings.

2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – no need to explain this choice.  See my musings.

3. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf – a very Australian story by one of Australia’s best.  See my musings.

4. The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – a difficult masterpiece.  Musings here

5.  Storm Boy by Colin Thiele – I didn’t review this ‘long’ short story; an Australian classic. 

There were plenty of other highlights including: Wanting by Richard Flanagan; Gilead by Marilynne Robinson; Lights Out in Wonderland by the irrepressible DBC Pierre; and finally, A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz. 

2010 Reading Challenges summary: I enjoyed quite a few of the challanges this year.  They are a great way of forcing you to seek out books and authors you wouldn’t otherwise get to.  The details:

I added a healthy 11 books on the 1% Well Read Challenge, based on the ‘1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die’ list. 

I successfully completed: the Aussie Author Challenge of a ‘Fair Dinkum’ 8 books; the ‘Ten Awards’ Challenge; and, the ‘Classic Snack’ of a paltry 4 classics.

My progress on the others was a little less than desired.  I had fun with the Global Challenge: to read two books from each continent with a preferable mix of more than one author from each.  I achieved North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Australisia, but failed with Africa.  One to recitfy next year.   

Goals for 2011: I’ll try and sneak in a few more classics.  I anticipate reading some more historical fiction.  And, of course, plenty more Australian novels and a good geographic spread of internationals – including Africa!  I’ve found myself reading a few history books this year and that will continue alongside the historical fiction.   

What were your favourite reads of 2010?  And what are the books at the top of your TBR pile for 2011?  Do share. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2011,

The D!

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