book to the future’s favourite books for 2010

Dear 2010,

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.

Yours,

Michelle

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.

Click here for my review

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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.

My review is right here…

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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.

Here’s my review of The Great Gatsby

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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?

Aaaaand my review…

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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?

Yes?

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!

Read my original review…

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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.

My thoughts on My Brilliant Career

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!

And a very Merry Christmas - here's our so-called Christmas tree this year!

Author: Michelle

Reader, writer, wannabe. Literary critic (with training wheels on). Blogging my way through the 20th century's classic novels in chronological order.

7 thoughts on “book to the future’s favourite books for 2010”

  1. What a gorgeous post! Though I may be somewhat biased as The Great Gatsby is my all time favourite book- my daughter’s middle name is Jordan after the deliciously immoral Jordan Baker, and I stole Daisy’s surname to use in my own next novel :) Just perfect, as you say. Not a word out of place.

    I love your other choices and must read The Age of inocence after that brief review. Lovely stuff! Wishing you a wonderful 2011. xxx

    1. Thank you so much Kylie! It must be great to be a mother as well as a (fantastic!) writer – you get to choose names for your flesh-and-blood children and your ink-and-paper creations, too. I love finding out why writers and mothers choose the names they choose. There’s a story behind every name.

      If you loved Gatsby, I think you’ll love The Age of Innocence, too.

      I hope you and your family have a great 2011 in Melbourne. I’m looking forward to reading your next book! (c:

  2. Thanks, Marg! I’m already a little behind, due to my parents coming to stay with me for a few days, but it’s been worth it. They left today – so now I have no excuse but to catch up!

  3. Great post on a great blog. I’ll admit I’m a little behind on reading all the posts as I was a late arrival, but have enjoyed everything I’ve read.
    Gatsby is one of my favourite books ever too and I was so relieved when you posted your review – don’t know if I could have stuck with the blog had you not liked it!
    I love The Age of Innocence too and am inspired to read Sons and Lovers and Growth of the Soil now…along with a few others you’ve reviewed during the year.
    Really enjoying the pics too and am still jealous of that fantastic mug!
    All the best for 2011 and hope you keep blogging for us
    ~ L

    1. I always get a little nervous when I read reviews of my favourite books too. I can’t bear the thought of someone not liking the books I adore. It’s a really personal thing. I’m very protective of my favourite books…

      (Besides, how could ANYONE hate The Great Gatsby??)

      I’m definitely not stopping Book to the Future now. I’m far too stubborn to just stop something I’m this far into (if only I could apply this philosophy to my writing as well…sigh).

      Thanks Liana – and I’m really glad you like my pictures. I have fun taking those!

      Hope 2011 is a great year for you!

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