Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reading Lists

I LOVE reading.  My Kindle is with me every where I go, especially for those meetings where the other party is 10 minutes (or longer) late and for doctor's offices.  I also read before bed nearly every night.
So, what did I read in 2010.

Are you ready? .... Because this is a long list!  25 books actually!

2010 READS

Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler - Wade Rouse
a memoir about a prep school guidance counselor and his handling of the stereotypical (and in this case...REAL)...crazy and insanely rich mommy.

Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert 
EVERYONE should read this book

By Invitation Only - Sheri McInnis and Jodi Della Famina 
about a non-rich aspiring chef and caterer that grew up in the Hamptons, finally finding herself amongst the life of the rich and even richer!  Very cute!

Bitter Is the New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster
I LOVE Jen Lancaster, she is hilarious and I love reading her memoirs.  Her blog...www.jennsylvania.com is great too!

Emma - Jane Austen
My absolute favorite author and I read one of her books every year.  I've read them all and am now reading them over again.

The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund - Jill Kargman
Just another fun prepster novel.

Four Wives - Wendy Walker
I really enjoyed Wendy Walker's Social Lives, but never finished this book.  I just couldn't get through it as it was sort of boring.  BUT, I tend to not read books by the same author very often.  I like to change up writing styles.  Exceptions are Jane Austen, Jen Lancaster, Margaret Atwood and Stieg Larsen (as you'll see soon).

Social Lives- Wendy Walker - loved this prepster novel

The Real Real - Emma Mclauglin and Nicola Kraus
About 6 high school seniors, popular and not so popular, that end up on a reality TV show and how they handle the situations, good and bad.

The Swan Thieves - Elizabeth Kostova
I LOVE The Historian and have read it twice and this was Kostova's highly anticipated new novel.  I had it pre-ordered and have to say, I'm quite disappointed.  I never finished it as it was just ..... dragging.....on .....and ..... on.  Maybe I'll finish it eventually as the storyline is intriguing.

Swimsuit - James Patterson
I read this book on the last two days of December.  I've never read James Patterson, but I wanted a quick car read.  While entirely disturbing, I couldn't put it down!

Tainted - Brooke Morgan
While very intriguing, very disturbing, especially considering I have a child.  This one just hit a little too close to home I guess.  I don't know, I can't really describe it.  The title speaks for itself.

Wolves in Chic Clothing by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman
About an aspiring jewelry designer that suddenly finds herself amongst the privileged, only to be dropped back to earth ...quite quickly.

The Nanny Diaries and The Nanny Returns - Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
I enjoyed both of these books but found the second one harder to get through (again with that not reading authors more than once).

Overnight Socialite - Birdie Clark
Very cute prepster book, a great and easy read just to get your mind off thing!

Pollyanna - Eleanor H. Porter
Okay....so Ashleigh has been buying classic books for Lallie on each of her birthdays.  This year it was Pollyanna, which I promptly read (not the book...but on Kindle - Ashleigh doesn't want me breaking the bindings).

Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea - L.M. Montgomery
See Pollyanna and then check out this blog post. 

The Pre - Nup - Beth Kendrick
The story about three women in various stages of dating and marriage.  One who is engaged, one married for several years to a cheating husband and one married however, has a thriving business who's husband has taken a back seat.

Prep: A Novel - Curts Sittenfeld
Also the author of American Wife, which I thoroughly enjoyed in 2009, I thought I'd try Prep, and I loved it!

The Girl Who Series - Stieg Larsson
Loved, loved, LOVED these books!  I found them hard to get into at first, because there was a lot of background information, but once i started, I was hooked!  Think of the three as one huge novel as each story plays right into the next.  Fantastic reads!!

What did you read in 2010 that you could recommend to me, to add to my 2011 list?  I will be making that list out tomorrow!

Happy Tuesday Y'all!


  1. I find that I read a lot of novels that are disturbing because they hit a little too close to home!
    I'm a huge fan of Emily Giffin, and have read all of her novels, so of course I read her latest release Heart of the Matter when I came out, and being married to a physician, as one of the lead characters of this novel is, and a new mom...this book freaked me out.
    Others I really enjoyed and recommend would include
    Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay - also very disturbing!
    Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout
    The Time Travelers Wife by Audry Niffenegger - loved this one!
    I also really enjoyed American Wife! I wondered the whole time how much of it was true to Laura Bush's life.

  2. I haven't yet read any Emily Giffin, but I need to do that, everyone says how wonderful she is! I did read Sarah's Key in 2009 and yes, what a heart wrenching story!

  3. Your list sounds wonderful. I haven't had a chance to read since this summer. My goal is to get into a book this week since my stack is about to topple over.


  4. I just got a Kindle.. I'm definitely keeping note of your list!

  5. If you have not already, you have to read the Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand and Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. Since I too always have my Kindle right next to me, I just went through my list and those are my top two of 2010. But I think I have told you both of those before. I also loved the Time Travelers Wife - one of the best books I have ever read. But Audrey Niffeneggers's follow up book - Our Fearful Symmetry - was a huge disappointment. My "Wish List" on my Kindle has over 50 books on it right now so as soon as I read a good one, I'll let you know :-)

    Rock on Sherlock!

    PS. You can read Lallie's books. Just don't spill on them :-)