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Another installment of books I read in 2010. We’re getting down to the bottom of the pile. But still quite a few to go! I rate on a scale of 1-5.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – 4

Definitely a book that will go down as literature to be read by future high school kids.

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell – 3

She’s very witty. The movie was wonderfully done as well.

Letters from Africa Isak Dinesen

Heard of the movie Out of Africa? These were the actual letters written between Baroness Karen von Blixen-Fineke and her family. Sometimes a little boring (as normal life is) but enlightening.

The Help by Karen Stockett – 3

The story was nice, the dialect was horribly difficult to get into. I don’t enjoy stories written in dialect, I try to correct the grammar as I read.

So You Don’t Want to go to Church Anymore by Jake Colsen

Gave me some fresh ideas.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith – 2

I found it a bit trite. It was fun and all, but basically taking most of someone else’s work word for word and adding in your own element…I don’t know. It just didn’t hit me right.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – 4

Very engaging writing and characters. Lovely stories. (Even if there is a lot of kissing :))

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman – 3

I watched the movie first and was intrigued. The story was wonderful. I liked the movie as well, even though it ended differently.

The Vampire Diaries 1 by LJ Smith – 2

Fun and quick read. A little silly though. I like young adult, just needs to be believable and have some depth to it.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – 3

I couldn’t put it down…because I was scared half to death. The writing was good, but the story was gripping! The movie is awesome (the Swedish one). I’m worried the English remake will horribly ruin it.

Selected Stories by Alice Munro – 3

Every once in a while it’s nice to read short stories. Hers are all a bit confusing, but good.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – 3

I didn’t know where she would go with this second book, but I liked it!

Reckless by Cornelia Funke – 3

A little high fantasy. It’s like a breath of mountain air when high fantasy doesn’t seem silly.

Grimms Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm – 4

I had to read these, I do live in Germany!

Night Probe by Clive Cussler – 3

I’m not much for adventures, but ever since I was given a stack of books with one of his, I like to read them here and there. Funky, fast, and definitely alluring.