Most Memorable Reads of 2010

Last year instead of sharing my favorite reads, I shared my most memorable ones and I am doing the same thing for this past year. It’s odd, but sometimes the books that I loved reading are not the ones that stay with me for the long haul. Who can explain or know what has staying power , will shape thought, and etch memory?

I was increasingly picky about the books I read last year, so this was a really difficult list to attempt. So much so, that I thought about not sharing it at all. But finally, in February, I am satisfied enough with this incarnation to hit publish, knowing that as soon as I do, I will remember something that absolutely should not have escaped making this list.  Such is life.

  • The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters – I read this book and immediately wanted to start again.  Creepy and imminently discussable, people come away from this one with wildly different theories and opinions.
  • Stories, by Zora Neale Hurston – This woman has such an ear for dialect, and talent for getting to the heart of things.  Short stories can be hit or miss with me, but almost all of these connected.  I listened on audio and the narrator did an excellent job.  A collection I will return to for sure.
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill, by Mary Sharratt – Such  a savory read.  Historical fiction about the trials of witches living during a time of religious uncertainty in England.  I picked up another of Sharratt’s books, The Vanishing Point, and I see it has the same rich writing and depth of character.  Love.
  • Perfect Peace, by Daniel Black The premise alone makes this book extremely hard to forget, and only too large a cast of characters inhibited its promise. A mother who has born many sons decides that she has had enough, and that her next child will be a girl no matter what.  When her next child is biologically born a boy she hides it from everyone. Wow.
  • Come Sunday, by Isla Morley – This powerful story of a mother’s grief and her troubles in exorcising the demons that have for years haunted the relationship with her own mother continues to stay with me.  It’s one of my top recommendations for those who don’t mind a tough read.
  • Bayou, by Jeremy LoveI haven’t reviewed Bayou, partly because I don’t even know if I have the capacity to even understand it, but as best I can tell it follows a girl who goes down a rabbit hole to save her father and encounters an alternate Reconstruction Era South populated by humans and animals. It is stunning.
  • Words by Heart, by Ouida Sebestyen – One of my favorite books from adolescence, and now since I have re-read it again, adulthood. I am making Ms. Devourer of Books read this one next year.
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker & To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee – I waited a criminal amount of time to read these incomparables of literature.  Such a shame, but I am glad that I remedied the problem.

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  1. This is a really good idea, and one I might steal. I’ve already done a “best of” type list, but the best are not necessarily the most memorable. Great idea!

  2. I agree with you on Bayou. I’m so glad you told me about it. It’s such an amazing read. Did you know volume 2 is coming out later on this month? The Color Purple, Little Strangers, and Stories are all on my tbr pile. Have a great week.

  3. I read both To Kill A Mockingbird and The Color Purple for the first time in 2010 as well Nicole and would agree with you 100% – fantastic reads!

    The Little Strangers is still on my hit list and I know I want to read that one – hopefully this year.

  4. I like this kind of wrap up as well. It’s the books that stay with you the longest that mean the most, not necessarily those that you ‘liked’ the best in the traditional sense.

  5. I know exactly what you mean! The best example I can come up with is Red Hook Road. Not a five star read, but I’m still thinking about it four or five months after the fact. I loved Daughters of Witching Hill as well.

  6. Great post Nicole and you’re so right about what does and doesn’t stay with a person!! Even though I haven’t heard of most of these I’m sure to pay attention on my next journey to the library and B&N…

  7. I almost bought Daughters of Witching Hill yesterday. Definitely going on my list. And, wasn’t The Little Stranger great? I am just such a fan of Sarah Waters.

  8. Glad you read The Color Purple and To Kill a Mockingbird — two books that have stayed with me for years.

  9. I love that you are noting your most memorable vs. favorite. It is so true that many memorable books are not necessarily our favorites. I might “steal” this idea from you!

  10. I know exactly what you mean. I’ve been struggling with that very thing this week in trying to write my review of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I loved it when I read it a few months ago, but now I remember almost nothing about it. I love your list-it sounds like a great collection.