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Books I've Read in 2010

Shannon L. Yarbrough "Shannon L. Yarbrough"
The list author says: "Last year, I set a goal to read at least 25 books for the year and I kept track of them using Listmania. I'm doing the same thing this year, but planning to read at least 30 books. So, this is my personal reading list of books I've read so far this year."
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
"Great book!  I wanted to read it before seeing the movie.  Excellent read!"
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2)
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2)
"Not as good as the 1st book which I read last year.  Charlaine Harris is a mediocre author who found a market, and obviously people eat it up, even more now since it's an HBO show. I was amazed at the bad writing and mistakes that an editor didn't catch.  But guess what?  I'm already reading book three in the series.  So far, so good."
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3)
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3)
"Part 3 in the Sookie Stackhouse series.  Much better than Part 2.  I can't wait to see if the next HBO series follows this one."
Little Children: A Novel
Little Children: A Novel
"An okay read that really lost steam for me near the end.  I would like to see the movie though."
Hero [HERO -OS]
Hero [HERO -OS]
"Great book!  I had no idea it was a teen reading level.  Definitely a good read to show you it's okay to be different.  Excellent motivation for gay teens as well."
Sea of Tranquillity
Sea of Tranquillity
"I really wanted to like this book.  I'm not saying I didn't, but it was pretty stagnant.  Still love Paul Russell though and wish he'd write another."
Cirkus: A  Novel
Cirkus: A Novel
"A Big Top let down.  Read my review on the book's product page and decide for yourself."
The Sound of Heaven
The Sound of Heaven
"A nice slow read about life, love, and death.  Part romance.  Part family saga.  Part AIDS drama.  Great read though!"
Michael Tolliver Lives: A Novel
Michael Tolliver Lives: A Novel
"I listened to the audio book from Audible for this one.  Great book!  Maupin still has it even after all these years.  Lackluster ending though."
Good Poems for Hard Times
Good Poems for Hard Times
"Bad title for this book.  It should have been called Hard Poems for Bad Times.  There were only a handful of poems that I felt could get me through a hard time or offer inspiration.  It's more of just a collection of poems about place, time, love, and death collected by Keillor.  I give it three out of five stars."
The Scarlet Dove
The Scarlet Dove
"Another brilliant book by Mark Zero! Review to follow...."
Alice in Wonderland (Apple Classics)
Alice in Wonderland (Apple Classics)
"Let's just say Lewis Carroll was an odd man indeed.  I don't even know if I would have liked this as a child it was so bizarre."
Dead To The World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 4)
Dead To The World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 4)
"The 4th in the Sookie Stackhouse series.  My god, this one was painful.  I'm putting Sookie to rest and going to read something more intelligent next.  My brain needs real food."
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We Disappear: A Novel
We Disappear: A Novel
Tales My Body Told Me: A Novel
Tales My Body Told Me: A Novel
Weird Missouri: Your Travel Guide to Missouri's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Weird Missouri: Your Travel Guide to Missouri's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
"Great travel book if you love absurd stops along the way."
Double Bound (Tales from Ballena Beach)
Double Bound (Tales from Ballena Beach)
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel
"I really shouldn't be counting this.  I barely made it half way through and gave up.  The book is beautifully written, but it bored me.  Sad, I know.  I wanted to like this book so much."
In My Father's House: A Novel
In My Father's House: A Novel
"Another book I just couldn't finish.  It was so bad.  Harris's writing is bland and his story lines and characters are stereotypical and predictable.  I got to page 100 and gave up!"
Dark Places: A Novel
Dark Places: A Novel
"Brilliant dark mystery!  A great read which I needed right now after the last two books I read!  Can't wait to go back and read Flynn's first book now!"
A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
"Considered a classic and on many school reading lists, it was not required reading when I was in school.  I wanted to see what I'd missed out on, but didn't find the book to be all that enjoyable.  Read my review of it on the Amazon product page."
The Rope Walk: A Novel
The Rope Walk: A Novel
The Crow: The Lazarus Heart
The Crow: The Lazarus Heart
"An old Poppy Z. Brite, but a classic.  Wish she still wrote books like this."
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
"Eh, not what everyone says it is.  It was okay. Definitely more for the religious crowd.  Well written though, but boring and preachy most of the time."
Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
"Brilliant and unexpected!  Loved it."
Ape House: A Novel
Ape House: A Novel
"Not at all as good as I wanted it to be.  Sorry, Sara.  I still love Water for Elephants though."
Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from under the Big Top
Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from under the Big Top
Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
"Dark, gritty, and disturbing.  I loved it almost as much as Flynn's Dark Places which I read earlier this year!"
The Grove
The Grove
"Not as good as what I wanted or expected.  Flynn was much better!"
First Person Plural
First Person Plural
"One of the best books ever!  Read my review to find out why!  Filled with love and emotion. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time coming."
Her Fearful Symmetry
Her Fearful Symmetry
"I loved this book despite the bad reviews its been getting."
I Still Dream About You: A Novel
I Still Dream About You: A Novel
"A refreshing Southern read filled with humor that I had not planned to read right now, but I'm so glad I did."
The Summer Son
The Summer Son
"Not as good as I had hoped it would be, but not too bad either. See my review to learn more."
Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
"Couldn't sit through the movie, though it was boring.  A friend gave me the book.  It was okay.  That God it's only 55 pages though!"
A Christmas Memory: One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor (Modern Library)
A Christmas Memory: One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor (Modern Library)
"Brilliant and quick book to read to get the holidays started!  I love TC!"
The Southern Haunting of Truman Capote
The Southern Haunting of Truman Capote
"Another great book about Capote written by one of his beloved cousins, offering much insight to the author's disturbing boyhood and early inspiration!"
Pricks and Pragmatism
Pricks and Pragmatism
"I wanted to like this.  It was the first book I read on my new Kindle.  But...Banal at best.  Dry and void of emotion.  :-("
Meets Girl: A Novel
Meets Girl: A Novel
"Great book!  Very interesting story that doesn't disappoint.  Review to follow..."
Losing Graceland: A Novel
Losing Graceland: A Novel