While there wasn't a standout, across the board, we love it book like The Help in our 2010 book selection, there were quite a few books I really liked and the Millennium trilogy was a major score. In order from January to November (we learned from last year that a December book was too ambitious.)
A Room With a View N/A At the end of 2009, we decided to include a classic in our book selection. In honor of Valentine's Day, we read this book since it was deemed ever so romantic. For whatever reason, each time I picked up the book I couldn't get into it. So I ended up watching the movie. No matter, my feelings about the movie were the same as those who read the book: annoyed.
There are some stories that fail to hold up in today's society. This and Miss Saigon would be two of them. Romeo and Juliet as star-crossed lovers I can buy, because of the writing, the setting, the whole romantic nature and longing coupled with the fierce hatred of the families and the dire consequences of their situation. Its straight up tragic. This book, not so much.
The Piano Teacher A- Its fair to say this book was one of my favorites. I liked 75% of the book. The author had a great concept, interesting characters and unbelievable imagery. Reading this book opened new understanding of World War II and the things people will do to survive. But, it fell apart for me in the end.
Superfreakanomics N/A April was busy month and I didn't get to this one. I still have it and am hoping to get to it over the holidays.