The Books I Gushed About in 2010

‘Tis the season for ‘best of’ lists! Over the past couple of years, I have discovered in myself a tendency to shy away from picking 10 books as my favorites. Part of this, I’m sure, is that 10 seems to be such an arbitrary number, particularly when you read from a variety of genres as I do. A bigger part, though, is that I have read over 230 books this year, and I hate thinking at the end of the year that only 4% of what I read is worth mentioning.

That being said, you also don’t want to look at a list of 100+ books because I want all my books to feel equally loved or don’t want to feel I’ve wasted my time.

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D.E.A.R. – My Christmas Reading List

Do you remember D.E.A.R? At my elementary school that meant “Drop Everything And Read,” something we typically did for 10 or 15 minutes every day. Best part of my day, really. As my TBR and Library piles are battling for supremacy and trying to sneak in around the review copies who have staked out places on my calendar, I’m thinking back to the simpler days of D.E.A.R., when I believed I had time to get to any book I wanted. And that, of course, got me fantasizing about a world where I really could just Drop Everything And Read for more than just 15 minutes a day.

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The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King – Book Review

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King Published by Picador, an imprint of Macmillan

An incredibly bright young woman, it was perhaps the happiest accident in Mary Russell’s life when she nearly trod directly upon a lounging and retired Sherlock Holmes in the hills near her home. Impressed by her quick wit and powers of observation, Sherlock welcomes the young orphan into his home and his life and, as she grows, takes her to be his partner and intellectual equal in a way that Watson never was. The first in the Mary Russell series, “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” covers approximately the first four years in the Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell partnership.

Laurie R. King gave me warm fuzzies

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom – Audiobook Review

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, narrated by Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin Published in audio by Blackstone Audio; Published in print by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster


After both of her parents die on their crossing from Ireland to America, seven-year old Lavinia is taken on as an indentured servant by the captain of the ship on which she sailed, in order to pay for her fare. As the only white indentured servant on the plantation, Lavinia’s place is somewhat uncertain. She lives with the plantation slaves, but is educated by her master’s family and treated completely differently than is the rest of their help. Inevitably, as Lavinia grows up, her dual identity

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TSS: The Goose is Getting Fat

Christmas is less than a week away! Eek! We finally have 90% of our presents, although no stocking stuffers. Nothing is wrapped, though, and we don’t have a single decoration up, except these on both big bookshelves, and those are, um, left over from last Christmas.

Guess what my husband will be doing this week? He teaches high school, so he’ll be home during the day. I think we may stick with just a tree and lights.

I’ll be sharing my Christmas break reading pile on Wednesdays, but I’ve already got a head start, because this week showed an upswing in reading over last week. Of course, my numbers are a bit misleading, because most of these books I

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