The Best of 2010

I can not even believe we are here on the cusp of 2011, and I hanging on by a toe hold trying to get this post done.  For me 2010 brought with it my first full year of book blogging.  I learned a lot this year about blogging, reviewing, commenting, giveaways, authors, and more…

I can not write this post without giving a virtual high-five to Natasha at Maw Books and the event she hosts called Bloggiesta.  I will be writing a more detailed post about this event in January, but have to say that Bloggiesta, starting back in June of 2009, really established the ground work of the blog and the blogger you see today.  I recommend Bloggiesta to all bloggers.  It does not matter if you are new or been around the blogosphere for a while, this has something for everyone and I learn from it every time I do it. I have participated every time, twice during 2010.  Click on the logo below to check out what it is all about and join in on the next one that takes place in January.


And of course I have to mention BEA (Book Expo America).  Not only did I not even know what this was in 2009, even if I had I would never have imagined myself attending.  Yet, in 2010, I flew by myself for the first time ever to New York where I met up with my new roommates Reagan from Miss Remmer’s Reviews, Esme from Chocolates and Croissants, Care from Care’s Online Book Club, and Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness.  It was a huge leap for me and I LOVED every minute of it.  I met so many wonderful bloggers, and authors…. I toured Simon and Schuster, went to dinner with authors, a blogger party, the Book Blogger Conference… and the books… oh the books!  Let’s just say it is a book lovers dream! Click the logo below to find out about BEA 2011



BEA - New York, May 2010



Of course there are the books and it is hard to look at everything I read in 2010 and pick the books that effected me the most, but I did it and here they are (If you click on the book covers you will be linked to my reviews).


To Kill a Mockingbird was one of those classics I always wanted to read but… just had not.  When I was offered a chance to read and review this book for its 50th anniversary this year I knew it was time to jump in… and I am really glad I did.  To Kill A Mockingbird instantly jumped to the all time favorites for me.  This book is amazing and if you have not had the pleasure, please add this to your “MUST READS” for 2011.


I have found myself drawn to books like this for some time now and born under a million shadows was one that really touched my heart.  With the feeling of Kite Runner, this one pulled me into a mesmerizing tale of a country I only know through the books I read.



It is a big deal that I add this book to my top of 2010 list as when I started reading it, I honestly wasn’t sure I would even like it.  As I became more involved in the book I really began to appreciate the brilliant story that Lauren Oliver had created.  In the end, I loved it and I have to give credit where credit is due.  People who enjoy a good YA read should really appreciate this book.



Most people read this years ago… I only got to it this year, after the book has sat on my shelf for years… unread.  And then, I didn’t read the book, I picked it up on audio from my library as I had travel time to listen to a book.  I am so glad I did.  This audio book is read by author Khaled Hosseini and I am so glad I was able to hear this in his own words… literally.




The Fiddler’s Gun is such a beautiful read as I write this now I do not even know how to describe to you how much I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequel.



I really just got into YA reading in the past few years.  It is no secret that I appreciate a good message within my books, especially in a YA read and I found that in this book.  I found Thirteen reasons Why to be amazing and I chatted with author Jay Asher about this unique read.



This book is receiving my vote for best book club book of the year for 2010 and ranked high on my overall 2010 reads as well.  I did not read as much historical fiction as I would have liked this year and thinking about this book now makes me really want to move to correct that this next year.  Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter and Sweet is a love story but also a historical, factual book that I found left me want ing to know more about the actual events that are mentioned in this book.




I am not even sure why I am adding this one to the list but I feel as thought I should.  I read this one in early 2010 and it was light and fun and for some reason really sticks with me as a “that was a good read!”.



Finally… I do not think a 2010 recap would be complete without me adding in some of my favorite Morning Meanderings of the past year.  I love the conversations that have been had over my early morning rants and happenings over a cup of coffee…


The Secret is out… it is I who has the Invisibility Cloak!

Random Things In My Head…

What Is It With Me and Jayne Eyre?


What Would You r Name Have Been?

My Letter from the state and a fine (Life Is Never Dull)


“Banned Aid!”  (In honor of Banned Books Week)


The Pinky Swear


Sleeping At The Library

Why I participate in a bike ride for AIDS


I am on the lam!

Crowing a new Book Club Queen

First word of the day, “meh”

Moments for BEA


Ok I could do more but I have to run so there is my 2010…. I cant wait to visit all of you in 2011!!!

63 Comments on “The Best of 2010

    • Natasha Bloggiesta really was a turning point for me. The timing of the first one was perfect, I think I had only blogged a few weeks prior to the first one and I absorbed so much information and tips. It really was a life saver for this rookie and I am sure I am not the only one. 🙂

  1. Looking forward to another fun-filled year reading your wonderful blog, Sheila. Keep up the good work!

  2. Happy New Year, and I hope you have a fabulous one…I remember the beginning of my book blogging as about the same time you were doing Bloggiesta in 2009…and it was too late for me to do it that time, but I’ve participated ever since. I enjoy it and whichever blog I work on shows improvements that carry over into all my blogs.

    I also had TKAM on my favorites list.

    Someday I hope to go to BEA again. The one time I went was in 2008, when it was in LA.

  3. ★☆★ Happy New Year! ☆★☆
    Great year-end review. I enjoy your blog and am glad I found it.
    One book that really affected me was a cookbook of all things…Jessica Theroux’s “Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily”. It brought back so many memories, made me look upon my grandmother in a new light and deeply appreciate all that she gave me and all the wisdom that is offered by our elders. And ohhhh, the recipes!!

  4. Sheila I’m so glad to count you among my bloggy friends, I’m adding a trip to BEA to my wishlist LOL, it sounds like so much fun and I think I might participate in Bloggiesta this year.

    I loved some of the books on your best of list but one of my must reads for 2011 is The Kite Runner (I’ve had it sitting on my bookshelf for years) Thanks for your wonderful posts, the laughs, the recipes, your kindness and inspiration.

    Have a truly wonderful 2011 filled with love and laughter and special memories. Don’t forget to take time to smell the roses 🙂

    • Thanks you Sheree! Read The Kite Runner at your earliest chance! If you ever get the chance to come to BEA I really hope you do! I would love to meet you in person!

  5. Two of our books are the same for the best of! I hate to take credit (JK), but remember when I talked you into “Before I Fall”? Silly goose! I am SO excited for 2011! WHOO!

    • Donna check flights and hotel packages through Orbits, Reagan (commenter above) and I picked up fairly good prices that way. We are already paid for 2011 and our hotel is a block off times square and about 6 blocks from the Javits Center where BEA is held. We walked everywhere 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing this list–all great reads! If I may throw in a suggestion, I found Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series a few weeks ago and they’re an absolute hoot! So clever and fun and feisty! Only 2 books are out so far, the third will be released soon I think. The author has a nice website too:
    Thanks again. Have a safe and blessing-filled New Year!

  7. I have read about Bloggiesta. The list to during the event. I am not sure I can do all those stuff.

    Happy new year, Sheila
    Hope all your plan for 2011 run well

    • Aleetha you can pick and choose what you do during the Bloggiesta, it is mainly to work on updating and improving your blog… you can make your own “to do” list 🙂

  8. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was one of my very favorites this year, too. Happy New Year – looking forward to reading your reviews and bookish thoughts in 2011!

  9. Happy New Year, Sheila!

    I’m not a fan of YA but I did read Before I Fall and considered it good enough to include on my memorable 10 list.
    After reading 1000 Splendid Suns The Kite Runner is high on my TBR – maybe it would make a good choice for my first audio book.

  10. Great list of books; you’ve got some of my favorites on there (13 Reasons Why, Before I Fall, Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet, and Kite Runner). I have Born Under a Million Shadows and plan on reading it soon!

  11. Two of your faves I keep meaning to read so I guess this is a reminder that I need to get that done. Happy reading in the coming year.

  12. Sheila, Happy New Year-sharing a room with you at BEA and Mama Mia were two memorable moments of 2010.

  13. It was great getting to know you better this year and meeting in person (even if it was brief!).

    • I am hopeful you do attend BEA this year Amanda and then we can make up for that! 😀

      If you do attend – schedule in a lunch or dinner with me 😀

  14. Happy New Year Sheila! hope this year will bring good to all of us. And I love all the best books read you did in 2010.Nice!

    • Darlyn I have a good feeling about this year… I have a lot of plates in the air but I feel good about where I am heading. I hope the same for you – may 2011 open new doors!

  15. What a picture – you hanging on by a toe. 😀 I’m looking forward to another year of reading your morning meanderings and reviews. Happy New Year, Sheila, and Al too.

    • Procrastination at its finest Rural…. I still have to close out my 2010 Challenges and plan what I want to partake in yet this new year 😀

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  16. Before I Fall has certainly made a lot of lists. I definitely need to move that one up the to-buy list.

    • It impressed me Trisha…. which still cracks me up because when it starts out, you would never guess it would leave such a mark… but it did. 😀

  17. Great picks!

    I read 95 books, not bad, considering I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a great reading year in 2011!!!

    Here are my Best Reads of 2010.

  18. You had a great reading year. I really need to do the Bloggiesta thing this year and improve my blog!

  19. What I love about your reading choices and loves is that you are really diversified…I also am surprised to learn that you are still a relatively new blogger…I will enjoy reading about your adventures in 2011…and NYC is so close to me…I am going to try and just attend this year…it still sounds so scary, though!!!

    • June 2009 is when I started really book blogging. 😀 2010 was my first full year.

      I love being a diverse reader Patty.

      I hope you do go to BEA – it is not scary at all! You will be so glad you did.

  20. Happy new year Sheila, Before I Fall is on many list this year, I will read it this year.

    I loved your Pinky swear post, lol. I may read that this month.

  21. What a wonderful, eclectic list of best books! I’m going to read a couple of the reviews after I write this. I “plan” to go to BEA this year (having never heard of it before I started book blogging in April). The Book Bloggers’ Conference is on the menu there for me (with two kids going on trips this year – Turkey and Japan – and still looking for a new job, I’m not certain I can justify additional trip costs, but keeping my fingers crossed that January brings a new job!) I have Delirium on my TBR shelf; I know it’s a different type of read, but Before I Fall is on my to-buy list as well! Here’s to an even better 2011!

    • Julie I am hoping you do get to go to BEA – now that I have been there I think every book lover and blogger needs to experience this incredible event. Plus – it is so much fun to meet the bloggers in person 😀

  22. Good list, Sheila! The first two are favorites of mine, but the rest of your list was new to me – I’ll have to check some of these out.

    A good reading year!


  23. Meeting you was a wonderful highlight to my 2010. 🙂
    I am excited to see the Fiddlers’ Gun book on your list because I was looking for a two-book series and knowing you loved it will move it up my list! Thanks

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