I’ll always remember you.
You were the year I finally decided to stop procrastinating and start a book blog. And, thanks to that simple New Year’s resolution, I’ve discovered some truly amazing books. Books I can’t believe I haven’t read earlier.
I’ve gained so much this year. Honestly, I don’t know how to thank you enough.
I guess it’s nearly time for you and me to part ways. In a matter of hours, you’ll be gone, and 2011 will have taken your place. Shiny, pretty new 2011…
I’m terribly sad you’re coming to a close, 2010, but at the same time, I’m looking forward to what the New Year brings.
I’ve never really achieved any of my New Year’s resolutions before. Every year, I set myself a long, LONG list of random, vague goals and then I make myself feel like utter pants twelve months down the track when – surprise surprise! – I haven’t actually achieved any of them.
But not this year. 2010 was different. It’s the first year I’ve ever really accomplished one of my New Year’s resolutions.
Now I know it’s actually possible to achieve my goals, I feel like I can do anything. So I’ve been making Plans.
These aren’t your average plans. They’re great big Plans. Plans with a capital P. I’m Planning to spend more time doing the things I love. I intend to learn more, live more, experience more. Write more. Blog more.
And, of course, read more.
I know I can do it.
Thanks, 2010. It’s been great, but I’m totally ready for 2011. You were superawesome.
I’m totally new to this whole bookblogging thing. Until all my favourite bloggers started posting their “Best Books of 2010” lists, I hadn’t even thought of writing a list of my favourite books for the year.
Now, in the final hours of the year, it’s my turn.
After all, I’ve read some amazing books this year, and I want to share them with you.
Most people choose a top ten. But because Book to the Future has only been up and running for six or seven months or something, I’m limiting myself to a top six. Because I like even numbers, and it’s far too difficult to choose a top five.
Of course, due to the nature of Book to the Future, none of these books are new books. But they’re all new – to me.
Okay. Enough rambling. Here’s my list…
Book to the Future’s Top Six Books for 2010
Howards End – E. M. Forster
I suspect I’ll always think of 2010 as the year I read Howards End. I’ve totally fallen for this book, and its beautiful, simple lesson. It’s changed my life for the better. Thanks Mr. Forster.
Sons and Lovers – D. H. Lawrence
Okay – so I lied. Sons and Lovers isn’t new to me. As I said in my original review, I’ve actually read it before. Whoops. But poor nineteen-year-old me could never have fully appreciated the lush, lovely beauty of Sons and Lovers. Reading Sons and Lovers as a thirty-two year old opened my eyes for the very first time to this emotional story of love gone wrong. It’s a true masterpiece.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
To say I enjoyed The Great Gatsby would be a hideous understatement. After reading it only a couple of weeks ago, I’m utterly obsessed with The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald’s writing is so straightforward – and yet it brings to life characters so wonderfully complete. This short novel is perfect in every single way.
Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsun
Some books you read and forget almost instantly. But Growth of the Soil is not one of these books. I am never going to forget this unusual, simply-written story. Ever. There’s something hypnotic about Growth of the Soil. Okay, so it’s a little obscure. Not everyone’s heard of it. And a summary of the story might make it seem like the least interesting book ever committed to ink and paper. But just trust me on this one, okay?
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
Is it wrong of me to like a book because of its elegant main character? Or its vibrant setting?
Well – too bad.
There’s so much to love about The Age of Innocence. The way it manages to be beautiful and savage at the same time. The way Wharton packs so much detail into every single page. And – that ending! Swoon!
My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin
Oh, Sybylla. You’re so complicated and fragile and…well, frankly, you’re a bit of a mess. When I read My Brilliant Career, I felt we shared something unique. It’s almost as if we’re sisters. How can I ever forget you and your sad, amazing, flawed story? From me, to you – a knowing nod of thanks.
One final thing before I run out the door. If you’re reading this, I’d like to offer you my heartfelt thanks.
I started Book to the Future because I love to read, I love to write – and writing about books combines my two favourite things. It didn’t really occur to me that other people – actual other people – would read and comment on my blog.
Thank you for reading Book to the Future. It means so much to me.
Have a great New Year’s Eve, everyone!