I read like mad. I always did. When I was a kid, I read so much that the local librarian called my mom. She was worried about how much time I spent reading. I think she thought I’d grow up to be weird.
Moving right along, I thought you might enjoy my favourite reads from 2010. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Room, by Emma Donoghue
Michelle gave me this book for my birthday, with her glowing recommendation. Even so, I was stunned at this book. I picked it up one afternoon for a quick break from work. I ended up skipping the rest of the day and played hooky from yoga that night. I wolfed dinner and crawled in bed until it was finished. I wish I’d read it slower so that I could’ve relished it for more than one day.
2. The Most Beautiful Book in the World, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
I attended a reading by Schmitt during the 2009 WordFest and I’ve loved him ever since. My favourite line: “That day she became categorically certain of two things: that he annoyed her, profoundly, and, if she could, she would never leave him.”
3. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
I picked this up for a feature I was writing a piece on happiness for the Calgary Herald. Rubin applies a lot of common sense ideas about happiness to real life. This book made me clean out my closet.
4. When A Crocodiles Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa, by Peter Godwin.
Africa comes to life. Godwin is an amazing writer. The following passage reminds me of my family’s home in Cyprus:
“If I were a swallow, Chimanimani is the place that my avian navigation system would draw me back to. It’s my true north, the fixed
point by which I situate all other points, the closest place I have to a spiritual home.”
5. Born to Run:A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Fascinating for anyone who loves to run or for anyone who wants to love to run.
6. A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Werner Zimmerman
I wish there were more little kids in my life so I could buy them this book. I read in last weekend in Fernie. Gorgeous photos and some very funny Canadian-isms like curling squirrels and Maple Leaf’s a-leaping.