As a first- time expectant mother, I spent most of 2010 reading every parenting and pregnancy book I could get my hands on. I also, to my horror, realized that my days of endless hours to read for pleasure were quickly dwindling! With this realization, I was determined to make 2010 my year of “Greatest Hits.” I read some classics that I hadn’t gotten to during my college days and re-read a handful of my all-time favorite books. My top 3 picks for 2010 will hopefully inspire you to go back to your bookshelves and pull down some of those treasures from your past.
As I was perusing our bookshelves, I came across a beautiful leather bound copy of Alice in Wonderland that my mother had given to me on my ninth birthday. At the age of nine, Alice’s world was a bit too upside down for me and I never got past page ten. At age thirty, I was able to read the book in its entirety in one sitting. Carroll’s world is fabulously lush and surprisingly adult. I can’t wait to hand it down to our little girl.
The Hours has long been on my personal list of favorite books. I couldn’t resist pulling it off the shelf to re-read it one more time! Cunningham deservedly won the Pulitzer for his gorgeously crafted tribute to Virgina Woolf . Although dark at times, the story is so tightly and intricately woven that you somehow force yourself to forsake the pain and instead concentrate on the beauty of it all.
I like to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird at least every other year, and of course, it made my 2010 greatest hits round-up. As a young child, I would watch the VHS tape of the movie starring Gregory Peck over and over and over again. By the time I was old enough to actually read the book, I knew the story so well that it was already a part of me. Each time I read it, I appreciate Lee’s prose and perfection more and more. It’s a novel so great, so deserving of all of its accolades, that even its own author could never quite figure out how to follow it.
Happy New Year!