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Best Of for 2010

 


Library Journal has published their Best of 2010 Lists:

Inaugural Top 10
More of the Best
Genre Fiction (sci fi, fantasy, mystery, suspense, romance)
Niche Nonfiction (includes graphic novels)
Audiobooks
YA Literature for Adults
Science and Technology

In looking over the books on these lists, I’ve read three of them. This Book Is Overdue is on the audiobook list, although I read it instead of listening. I gave high ratings to Velocity when I read it a couple months ago. I just finished Dragongirl last night.

Let’s face it, there are more good books than I’ll ever have time to read.

By the End of 2010 Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

By the End of 2010 Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Hmmm, so far I’ve taken off three books – and added on three more. I mentioned Side Jobs already. It will be the last on my list to read. But I forgot about my book club book, so it has to be on this list. We’re reading Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien. I know it should be quick. I also was sent Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler to review. I had agreed to take it a couple weeks ago. I try to read the ones I’ve agreed to take fairly quickly. Besides that, I’m looking forward to it. The short story authors look good. Sigh, I probably won’t make the challenge…

By the End of 2010 Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian

Today I picked up my copy of Jim Butcher’s Side Jobs. If I get to it, great, but I’m not adding it to this challenge list. I’m not surprised the two first books were Nora Roberts’ novels. They are both parts of a series that I read immediately. Hopefully, the first Connie Willis novel, Black Out will be next.

By the End of 2010 Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian

One down, twelve to go…

Rest of the Year Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet EvanovichSizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark

The common factor here? All of these were published this year. All of them now sit on Mt. Bookpile. I really should read them before the end of the year. (I still have 2 or 3 from 2009 to read, too, but hey…)

Plus I want to pick up the final Bride Quartet book by Nora Roberts, Happy Ever After and read it. Then there are the three older books I bought specifically on recommendation (rather than browsing used book stores and picking up what looked good). I’d like to read those, too. Thirteen books – all in paper, not audio or e-book. I probably should quit borrowing library books for a month or so.

Pern

 

About 12 or 13 years ago I discovered the world of Pern. I was 20 years out of the loop at that time. I even had the first three given to me. I had discovered Anne McCaffrey years earlier, just hadn’t gotten to these. Then I borrowed Dolphins of Pern to listen to in the car. After that, I devoured the series.

This is a world with flying, fire breathing dragons. There is no modern communication or gadgets. Yet it isn’t a fantasy series, but rather a science fiction series. The original humans who came to Pern were getting away from the modern life and when their machines finally failed, they turned to the land as they intended.

But they didn’t count on a parasite they call Thread. When another planet in Pern’s system gets too close in their respective orbits, this parasite falls from the upper reaches of the atmosphere. It burns everything it touches and burrows into the ground, eating everything organic around. Only fire kills Thread. And it is best stopped in the air before it has a chance to get to the ground.

The flying dragons were genetically created to flight Thread. Now, hundreds of Turns (years) later (probably close to a thousand in Dragonflight) dragons are what keep Pern safe for the people living there.


These books are written well and are enchanting. They cover the realms of human life, from birth to death, happinesses, sorrows, fears, and triumphs. Yes, they’re science fiction. So what? They are good character studies that leave the reader feeling good afterwords.

If you have yet, check them out. Dragonflight was the first one written and a good place to start. Dragonheart by Todd McCaffrey is the latest as he takes over his mother’s created world and adds to it.