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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Year in Review- Fiction and Nonfiction

What a year it's been! As I looked back today, while compiling this list, I was suprised at how eventful it was. Traveling to Japan, getting to meet Steven Galloway, a spat with the good people at LWOT, being a panelist for Canada Also Reads, another successful Northwords Writers Festival, a trip to Newfoundland, moving to a new house, interviewing Derek Winkler, being asked to nominate a book for Canada Reads and having that book make it to the top 5, and having my parents and grandmother visit for Christmas... geez, it's a wonder I fit in any reading at all.

Here are my fiction and nonfiction reads for 2010, ranked from least favourite to favourite. I've not included plays, Bible stories, picture books, or poetry. Tomorrow I will countdown my favourite graphic novel reads this year.

The Fiction
21. AmberLee Kolson- Wings of Glass
20. Marcel Theroux- Far North
19. Katherine Paterson- The Master Puppeteer
18. Sarah Felix Burns- Song Over Quiet Lake
17. John le Carré- The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
16. Jessica Grant- Come, Thou Tortoise
15. Margaret Atwood- Year of the Flood
14. Ronald Melzack (and illustrated by Carol Jones)- The Day Tuk Became a Hunter and Other Stories
13. Carol Anne Shaw- Hannah and the Spindle Whorl
12. Budge Wilson- Before Green Gables
11. Emily Brontë- Wuthering Heights
10. Katherine Paterson- Bridge to Terabithia
9. Michael Kenyon- The Beautiful Children
8. Arthur Golden- Memoirs of a Geisha
7. Derek Winkler- Pitouie
6. J.K. Rowling- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
5. Jocelyne Allen- You and the Pirates
4. Roald Dahl (and illustrated by Quentin Blake)- The BFG
3. Stacey May Fowles- Fear of Fighting
2. Steven Galloway- The Cellist of Sarajevo
1. Brian Selznick- The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Non-Fiction
5. Scott Huler- Defining the Wind
4. Jill Foran- Mary Schaffer, An Adventurous Woman's Exploits in the Canadian Rockies
3. Kris Needs- Joe Strummer and the Legend of the Clash
2. Rex Murphy- Canada and Other Matters of Opinion
1. Bren Kolson- Myth of the Barrens

5 comments:

Steph said...

With you all the way on Hugo Cabret!!

In case you haven't seen it, I mentioned you just yesterday in my review of Yellowknife. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are quite obviously a reading machine. My reading list is woefully short. In fact, I imagine I actually wrote more than I read. Does rereading your own scribblings count?

John Mutford said...

Steph: I loved your review of Yellowknife. It's a great book!

Barbara: My numbers are down from last year and comparing it to other bookblogger numbers, I'm feeling woefully inadequate.

The Workhorsery said...

We're so glad to see our first two books made it into your top ten! Makes us feel like we're not totally off with our publishing mandate. And there's a few on your list that haven't been read by anyone at Workhorsery HQ, so thanks for the new reading directions too!

John Mutford said...

Workhorsery: You've provided a couple of the more "out there" books on my list, for sure.