2010 Books: Good and Bad

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I carried this book around with me everywhere, just so I could sneak in another 20 pages or so. The characters are richly written and interwoven in an equal mixture of one part warmth to one part vile.

Hold the Enlightenment by Tim Cahill

America’s favorite and funniest adventure writer returns with his most entertaining collection of essays yet, as he travels the globe and faces down challenges that are animal, topographical—and human.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris

Weird and not in a good way. Usually, I’m a big fan of David Sedaris, but this time his animal-centric short stories are macabre and too twisted for my taste. My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Meridon by Philippa Gregory

Every now and then I like to read one of Philippa Gregory’s historical novels. I was first won over by The Other Boleyn Girl and have read at least two other of her books. Meridon is the last novel in a trilogy, but I didn’t read the first two and I didn’t have to, to enjoy it. The heroine is a strong, independent woman (as so many of her protagonists are) with a savage and heartbreaking past. Her attributes and strong desire to make her own way, make her seem a woman of this generation rather than one of Georgian England. The subtext of greed and absolute power by the ruling class also echo themes of our times. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup by Brad Feld

An engaging compilation of essays written by big-hitting entrepreneurs who been there, made mistakes and gone on to create successful companies again and again. A must read for anyone who wants to begin a start-up. Well-written and concise with a dashes of humor and humility.

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman

What a fascinating read. His take on the geopolitical forecast for the next 100 years is well-laid out and clearly written. His predictions for the US, Russia, China, the Middle-East and Europe seem completely plausible. You can bet I’ll be reading between the lines on news items concerning Russia, Turkey and China during the next 10 years. Absolutely recommend this to anyone who’s interested in world politics.

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

I found myself unable to finish this book, which says more about me than the book. It’s an extremely well-researched book and provides a vivid account of the early-to late 1800s struggles between pioneers and the Comanches. A bit too brutal and stark for what I’m needing right now though. Rec’d to anyone looking for a no-holds barred history of the most powerful Native American tribe.

Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother’s Guide to Sanity in Stilettos by Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett writes a funny, no-holds barred book on parenting a brood of six kids (five of which are still at home). Not one to suffer fools, she navigates Manhattan, three nannies, a career, parties and parent-teacher conferences with her trade-mark personality, a discount Donna Karen dress and a pair of Manolos. Although we differ in parenting styles, I find wit and humor in her choices.

The 10 Things You Need to Eat: And More Than 100 Easy and Delicious Ways to Prepare Them by Anahad O’Connor

The 10 superfoods that we need to eat to stay healthy. Lots of delicious looking recipes for each food.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Good 3rd book of this Swedish trilogy. This last book starts off a bit more slowly, but stick with it, the ending is worth it. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Life is What You Make It by Peter Buffet

Reminds us that passion, self-esteem and success have nothing to do with your social status.

I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks

I’ll put this in my bookcase as a style reference.

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