Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
- High Month: May (15 books - she went to Europe for a couple of weeks)
- Low Months: February, March, June, August (6 books each)
Books Divided by Rating:
- A's - 25
- B's - 49
- C's - 20
- D's - 4
- F's - 1
Genres with Largest Representation:
- Mystery (11 Books)
- Fantasy (9 Books)
- Historical Fiction (8 Books)
- Memoir (7 Books)
We'll give a quick review of our favorites of her favorites here:
Favorite Self-Help of 2010: 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin
We literally don't know anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading this book. Rubin offers practical advice on enjoying your everyday with the simplest of changes that are universally applicable. We're probably going to read this book every year, it's that good!
Not honored: 'Cesar's Way' by Cesar Millan
Favorite Mystery of 2010: 'The Likeness' by Tana French
We really like mystery novels, they get our tails wagging, and Tana French is a great author. This book is fun, interesting, and keeps you guessing at the murderer's identity until the very end.
Honorable Mention: 'The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie' by Alan Bradley
Favorite Science Fiction of 2010: 'The Passage' by Justin Cronin
What an excellent book! This book reminds us of a mash-up of 'World War Z,' 'The Stand,' and 'The Walking Dead'- yes we know, not a book. This book is a vampire tale, an apocalyptic look at the world, and to top it off it's well written. -- Beware however, this long book is the beginning of a trilogy, don't plan on it to resolve pleasantly at the end.
Honorable Mention: 'The Unincorporated Man' by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin
Favorite Literature of 2010: 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett
A rare finding - this book deserves the hype. We were drooling for more as we read about the black maids of the 1950's waiting on their Southern white employers. We were surprised to hear about the discrimination facing African Americans not so long ago. Maggie is especially sensitive, being a minority herself!
Honorable Mention: 'Room' by Emma Donoghue -- WARNING: Not for the faint of heart.
Favorite Memoir of 2010: 'Shattered Dreams' by Irene Spencer
This is the story of a modern polygamist and her struggle to be one of ten wives. We recommend this to anyone who is interested in polygamy, which we definitely are. Perhaps it's because of our neighbors (real polygamists), or maybe because it's a fascinating lifestyle with local roots. Or perhaps it's because as sisters, we can see ourselves shacking up with the same stud to avoid having to live apart.
Honorable Mention: 'Unbearable Lightness' by Portia de Rossi - A memoir of anorexia.
Favorite Nonfiction of 2010: 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot
The origin story of science's infamous HeLa cells and the woman behind the world's first immortal human cell line. This book dives into poverty, bioethics, science, and is altogether awesome. We are quite knowledgable in scientific matters, but this knowledge was not needed for the enjoyment of this book.
Honorable Mention: 'The Dead Hand' by David Hoffman - Recently declassified information about the Cold War that will chill you to the tail.
Well, that's it for 2010! We look forward to regular posting again, but don't get too mad at us if we forget to post. We're very busy biting our tails, eating snow, and constantly keeping a vigilant guard against that most vicious of enemies - THE MAILMAN.