Friday, December 10, 2010

Books Read 2010

Here is the list of books I read in 2010. It may be a fair indicator as to why it is taking me so long to finish my dissertation...or not? I've indicated which ones I'd recommend reading with a *.

  • Under the Dome by Stephen King *My guilty pleasure author. I love his stuff.
  • Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the NHM by Richard Fortley*
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer*
  • Seer of Egypt by Paline Gedge *I've read all of her stuff and love it.
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See*
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson* the whole Mistborn series is super cool
  • Cape Breton Road by D.R. MacDonald
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger*
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Carroll
  • Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie *


  • Three Cups of Tea by G. Mortenson and D. Relin*
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman *though I think I liked American Gods better
  • Magician: Apprentice by R.E. Feist (an interesting series but not for everyone)
  • Magician: Master by R.E. Feist
  • Lies My Father Told Me by Norman Allen
  • Silverthorn by R.E. Feist
  • A Darkness at Sethanon by R.E. Feist
  • Leaven of Malice by Robertson Davies
  • Why I Am Not A Scientist by Jonathan Marks *must read for any Anthropologist
  • Daughter of the Empire by R.E. Feist and Janny Wurts


  • Servant of the Empire by R.E. Feist and Janny Wurts
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  • More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon*
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell*
  • Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
  • Parchute Infantry by David Kenyon Webster (a must for all Band of Brothers fans)
  • Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk
  • West of Eden by Harry Harrison


  • Howard's End by E.M. Forster
  • Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison
  • Return to Eden by Harry Harrison
  • Papillon by Henri Charriere*
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
  • Up in the Air by Walker Kirn
  • Misstress of the Empire by Feist and Wurst
  • Generation X by Douglas Coupland
  • Inferno by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle* super cool & inspired me to finally read Dante
  • Escape from Hell by Niven and Pournelle*
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
  • Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald*


  • Help Me, Jacques Cousteau by Gil Adamson
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle*
  • Boy by Roald Dahl
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier*
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Garneau Block by Todd Babiuk
  • The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  • The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (the John Ciardi translation)* Inferno is the best of the three parts.
  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  • The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico
  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler


  • Personal Effects: Dark Art by J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman*
  • The Concubine's Daughter by Pai Kit Fai
  • The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike


I was in the field in Tanzania so didn't get much reading done

  • Homo Britanicus by Chris Stringer
  • How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama*
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Immortality by Milan Kundera
  • Flow, My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
  • Living Next-Door to the God of Love by Justina Robson


  • Blindness by Jose Saramago*
  • The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay
  • Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry
  • Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott* My favourite of the 2010 Canada Reads selections
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman*
  • Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco


  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • I Shall Not Hate by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish* the best book I read all year. Read it. Now.
  • Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich by Philip K. Dick
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick*
  • Ubik by Philip K. Dick


  • Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • John Dies @ the End by David Wong*
  • The Walking Dead books 1-6* which had to re-read before I started watching season 1!
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleeve*
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett*
  • Insomnia by Stephen King
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • We Are All the Same by Jim Wooten*


  • All This Is So by John F. Roe
  • Unfeeling by Ian Holding*
  • The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb*

So we've got a couple of weeks left in 2010 so I'm sure I could add another book or two to the list.

What were your favourite reads of 2010? What's on your bookshelf for 2011?