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Books I read in 2010, part 2

Christine B. O'Connor
 
Lift
Lift
"Fine little book, but felt a bit opportunistic on her publisher's part."
This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel
This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel
"Not her best, by a long shot.  Still, I will read the next in the series."
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics)
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics)
"Death on a stick.  Reading this book may have singlehandedly killed my plan to read down my bookshelves (e.g., only read books I already own and haven't read)."
Committed: A Love Story
Committed: A Love Story
"Annoying.  I read it fast and finished it.  But she is a bug.  I don't recommend."
Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story
Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story
"Super quick read.  Sort of like watching a train wreck.  I got this from the libary after I kept seeing at Starbucks.  Why?  Oh, well."
The Shadows in the Street: A Simon Serrailler Mystery
The Shadows in the Street: A Simon Serrailler Mystery
"These are so dark and brooding, but I kind of love them."
Afterimage
Afterimage
"I don't even really remember much about this.  I think it was fine."
The Swan Thieves
The Swan Thieves
"The Historian this ain't.  I skimmed the last third of it."
Family Album: A Novel
Family Album: A Novel
"I really liked this portrait of a British family; Lively is a great writer."
Truth and Consequences: A Novel
Truth and Consequences: A Novel
"Not Lurie's best, but not bad."
The Dog Who Came in from the Cold: A Corduroy Mansions Novel
The Dog Who Came in from the Cold: A Corduroy Mansions Novel
"A serial novel I read online.  Fun."
The Double Comfort Safari Club: A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (11)
The Double Comfort Safari Club: A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (11)
""Comfort" is the watchword: I find that all of his novels provide just that."
The Lake Shore Limited (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Lake Shore Limited (Vintage Contemporaries)
"Sort of a 9/11 book--pretty interesting, with well-drawn characters."
A Bend in the River
A Bend in the River
"More like reportage than a novel; effectively creates atmosphere, but I never really felt like I could get the thread of a narrative."
House Rules: A Novel
House Rules: A Novel
"My secret shame."
Every Last One: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
Every Last One: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
"Domestic horror, but Anna Quindlen is a good writer.  Stayed up late reading this one."
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
"Interesting from a cultural studies standpoint."
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
"Interesting and useful-ish."
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
"Charming debut novel--thoroughly enjoyed every moment and would recommend this one."
The Help
The Help
"Liked Skeeter the best.  This was fine and a fast read."
Anna Karenina (Oprah #5): (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Anna Karenina (Oprah #5): (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"There are some lovely lyrical passages about farming in this novel that, surprisingly, keep returning to me."
The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
"I always enjoy these novels.  Maisie is a delight, and the time period is so interesting tp me."