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Almost Reads, not Almost Rans: Top 10 Books I Started this Year and Never Finished (but really want to) December 8, 2010

Posted by Julie in Book List, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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As we all know, life can get pretty busy and stressful. This past year has been especially so for me and let’s just say if I had a better prescription for Valium, I would’ve been keeping the pharmacist busy.  So when I sat down to list my top books of the year, I realized I had begun many but finished few.  Due to no fault of the author – many I started were very good (or seemed to be starting out well) –  I just didn’t finish them for various reasons. Can anyone guess what one of my New Year’s resolutions is going to be?

Hunting and Gathering by Anna Galvada  – good writing about damaged people with threads of hope woven in, that will hopefully be tied together when I do finish it.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – and it’s a trilogy, ack!

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin – opened up a world so unknown to me.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave – one of the best opening chapters I’ve read in a while.

Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay – why no one has optioned this for a movie, I don’t understand…of course the ending could stink.

Timothy, or, Notes of an Abject Reptile by Verlyn Klinkenborg – come on, with a title like that…

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer – a part of WWII I’ve not read about before.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – magical realism and food? Win-win.

 The last two are mysteries from authors I always enjoy that I haven’t yet deluded myself into thinking I’ll make the time:

Stranger in Mayfair by Charles Finch and Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriaasen

Enjoy – but don’t tell me about any of the endings!

—Julie

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