Posted by: rachelanne229 | January 11, 2011

the words of 2010

i am a book-lover if you ever saw one.  my mom used to take my sis and me to the library on saturday mornings and we were allowed to check out 10 books for the week.  i’d blaze through at least a chapter book a day, and wake up early on saturday mornings (yeah, we’re talking 5 am) to flip more pages before breakfast.  my ultimate goal was to read every book ever written.  what a naive little child!

since then, i haven’t had nearly as much time to devour all the books i would like, but i have had several 30-min increments on the T to read.  here are the books i’ve been through since spring-summer 2010.  some of them are cheesy, some of them are classics, some are life-changing and full of inspiration, and others are gritty and fulfilling.  i’ve rated them out of 5 stars– anything in the 4-5 range is definitely worth a look “in my book!”

White Heat– Wayne Johnson ***

Annapurna– Arlene Blum ****

Silent Spring– Rachel Carson ****

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running– Haruki Murakami *****

Icarus– Russell Andrews ***

Potato Barron– John Thorndike ****

Jane Eyre– Charlotte Bronte ****

Born to Run– Christopher McDougall ****

Lisey’s Story– Stephen King ****

Bagombo Snuff Box– Kurt Vonnegut ****

Something Wicked This Way Comes– Ray Bradbury ****

The Fall– Albert Camus **

The Myth of Sisyphus and other Essays– Albert Camus **

A Walk in the Woods– Bill Bryson ****

The Stranger– Albert Camus **

Exile and the Kingdom– Albert Camus **

Boston Noir– ed. Dennis Lehane ****

True Evil– Greg Iles ***

Dakota– Kathleen Norris **

It’s Not About the Bike– Lance Armstrong ****

Sail– James Patterson ***

A Civil Action– Jonathan Harr ***

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo– Stieg Larsson ****

A Short History of Boston– Robert Allison ***

The Omnivore’s Dilemma– Michael Pollan: in progress, but I think it’ll end up as a ****





  1. Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? In the same vein of Omnivore’s Dilemma and Silent Spring but very light-hearted, with a great message + great humor. Possibly my favorite book of 2010! Also loved Born to Run. Looks like it was a year of good reads for you!

  2. i haven’t read it, but it’s certainly on my to-read list. i’m a huge fan of the poisonwood bible and animal dreams by barbara kingsolver!

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