Monday, January 3, 2011

Best of 2010

It's the Best of List here at Tif Talks Books . . . except, I'm going to change things up a bit!  I wanted to highlight a few books that had an affect on me this past year compared to the others I read . . . not necessarily those that I felt were the "best," but rather something else instead.  For example . . .

The Book That Left Me Intrigued

Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale
Thanks to the Hale's graphic novel, I will be coming back for much more in the year to come!

The Re-Read That I Fell In Love With . . . Again!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Even the second time around, I stayed up into the wee hours of the night unable to shut this book!  I think I may have even shed more tears!

The Classic That I've Previously Missed

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I listened to this book on audio this year, along with a number of other classics.  This one, by far, took me by complete surprise and I instantly fell in love with Anne's spunk!  

The Dark Character That I Loved

Lisbeth Salander of The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Salander is a dark character that you almost want to hate, but something about her only makes me cheer her on more and more.  She has steadfast values, though her methods may not be what I would repeat!  She has strength like no other, especially considering her past.  Despite her mysterious darkness, I just kept wanting to read more about her!

The Series I Will Re-Visit

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay was probably one of the most highly anticipated books of 2010, but it received very mixed reviews with many either loving or hating it.  This series was something so different than I was expecting that I know that I will return to this series for a re-read in the near future!

Do you have any other categories that you would include?  Any other books or characters you would like to add?


  1. The only book that I haven't read is Rapunzel's Revenge and it's on my list! I agree with what you said about them all!

  2. Introverted Jen . . . I highly recommend Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. Someday I hope to own copies of both because I love them so much!!!

  3. Haven't gotten around to reading about Lisbeth Salander but I love the Swedish movie adaptations.

  4. Tif, I am so glad to see you loved Anne. Do read more of them. I guarantee you will find them absorbing. I still have my own set from when I was young and reread them periodically.

  5. Lisbeth . . . I just watched the first Swedish film last week! It sticks pretty close to the book, but it does leave out a bit of detail regarding Mikael. I was pleased with it and can't wait to watch the second!

    The Book Chook . . . I really do want to read them! I was pleasantly surprised with her! I had just finished reading a few other classics and was not impressed. She redeemed it all for me! :)


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