Dec 30, 2009

Pick 10 for 2010!

So, I kind of love you guys. Scratch that, I totally love you guys! I trust you all implicitly and have only the highest regard for your thoughts and opinions. Feel like I'm buttering you up? Um, I kind of am. (Even though that's all completely true!)

I saw this great idea on pinkflipflops blog (The many thoughts of a reader), and I love love love it. She's having the readers of her blog pick 10 of the books she'll read in 2010. I saw that and thought, hmmm, what a great idea! Maybe my readers would do that?

So would you? Would you please? I pulled all the unread books from my bookshelves - some of these I've started but didn't have time to finish, others I've bought and just haven't ever read. Leave your choices in the comments for what you think I should read, and Sunday, January 3rd I'll gather up the votes and announce Monday which ones made the cut!

There are three stacks, because I didn't want to overwhelm you with just one big one (plus I probably couldn't fit them all in one picture). And in case you can't see all the titles I've included them after each one.

Giving Up America by Pearl Abraham, Brick Lane by Monica Ali, Shakespeare by Another name by Mark Anderson, Persuasion by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, The Winner by David Baldacci, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc by Polly Schoyer Brooks, and Blue Blood by Edward Conlon

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, Property by Valerie Martin, Heart of Darkness & Other Stories by Joseph Conrad, Timeline by Michael Crichton, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

1984 by George Orwell, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Empire Falls by Richard Russo, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, and Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

What do you say dear readers? Will you help me choose? I told the mister these books are staying in stacks on the floor until I know which ones to pull. (He's thrilled).

Thanks in advance for your help friends! And be sure to head over and help pinkflipflops decide which books she should read as well!

Thanks for all your sweet comments yesterday, I love that you love what I do! If there's something you want to see more of on this blog let me know!

13 comments:

Rose Hill said...

I'm picking ones I own and then we can read them together! I'm a genius...I know :)

Random thought for the blog: online book club?!

Onto my list:
1.Wuthering Heights
2.Brief and Wonderous life of Oscar Wao 3.Poisonwood Bible
4.Persuasion
5.Great and Terrible Beauty
6.Jane Eyre
7.Sense and Sensibility
8.Brick Lane

I've already read The Bell Jar and don't own any others so I'm only picking 8 ;)

Becky said...

Ooh, good picks! Actually, pinkflipflops DOES an online book club! She does it monthly and the readers get to pick the book - head over there and choose to do the January one!

Just to clarify for others, you don't have to leave 10 votes, you can leave as many (or as few) as you like!

lucythevaliant said...

I vote for A Great And Terrible Beauty (but then you have to read the sequel to it, too) and Poisonwood Bible.

pinkflipflops said...

Thanks for the plug and you have a great list of books! I want to read about 85 percent of the ones you have haha..

Sense & Sensibility (because I want to read it too)
The Reader (because I want to read it too haha)
A Farewell to Arms (because I want to read it too.. see a theme??)
Dreams my Father Told Me because it is good
The Bell Jar because it is good
Reading Lolita in Tehran because it is good

Tracie said...

You must read Jane Eyre....because it is amazing! I am too lazy to pick any more today, but Jane Eyre being on of my favorites, I couldn't let it sit there unread and lonely :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Here are my pics:

1. Sense & Sensibility - I will read this w/ you if you choose it.
2. The Reader - really enjoyed this book, not a light read but beautifully written, in my opinion.
3. Reading Lolita in Tehran - another one I would read along with you - and I own it.
4. Bell Jar - yet another one I would read along with you - and I have already borrowed it from my cousin.

Lots to choose from! This is such a fun idea, I should do it. And I should try to not buy a single book in 2010 until I have read all my unread books. Because the amount of books that I own & have not read is RIDICULOUS!!

Angela said...

In no particular order:

The Poisonwood Bible (I read it and loved it)
The Bell Jar
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Sense and Sensibility
Wuthering Heights
Dreams My Father Told ME

Stevie said...

Sense and Sensibility and Poisonwood Bible. Do NOT Read Dostoyevsky. Russian literature is really difficult to read and I have found that it's just not worth it.

Emily Ward said...

I can't believe nobody is advocating for poor Orwell. 1984 is an amazing book and a pretty quick read at that. I vote emphatically for 1984!!

LiLu said...

I've been meaning to re-read 1984 for-EVER now. Maybe if you do, it will inspire me. I vote Orwell too!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I would read the Bell Jar with you! I borrowed it from the library, started it, school got in the way and I had to return it before I could finish it so I'd like to try again!!

I can't believe I've NEVER read 1984. I would read that one with you too!

Anonymous said...

Dreams From My Father is a beautifully written book. The president, whatever you think of his politics, gives you a candid glimpse of his youth and upbringing that is especially fascinating now that his decisions and policies are of course all over the news. Highly recommended. Of the classics in your stacks, I'd pick Austen over Bronte (just my preference). Sinclair Lewis, yes; Bell Jar, no. (I *adore* Sylvia Plath's poetry, but I think the Bell Jar gets more props than it deserves because people for very good reason love Plath as a versifier and *want* to love her as a prose stylist too.) Also Shakespeare By Another Name is a good sleeper pick. Totally spin your head around about the greatest works of literature in the English language.

Julie said...

Happy New Year Becks:) I'm not a classics kind of girl so I'm going to vote for the Philippa Gregory book, The Virgin's Lover. I read like all of her books back in the day when I used to metro every day to work! They were kind of addictive.

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