2010 Book Log

Melissa Wiley


This is a list of the books I have read this year. Some of them are gems. Not all of them, of course, are appropriate for children. If I have written a post about a book, I’ll link to it after the title. For a far-from-complete list of books I adore with all my heart, click here.

Book Log 2010 (going backwards)


CYBILS READING! As a member of the first-round panel for YA realistic fiction, I read over seventy books in three months—some of them twice. A grueling, exhilarating, edifying, discussion-provoking ride! The complete list of 2010 nominees can be found here. This year’s shortlists will be announced on the CYBILs blog later this week.

Non-CYBILs books read in December:

Room by Emma Donaghue

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


by Jonathan Franzen

Kristin Lavransdatter
by Sigrid Unset (Nunnally translation)

Memento Mori
by Muriel Spark

The Water Secret
by Howard Murad


by Suzanne Collins

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo

A Year Down Yonder
by Richard Peck


The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park

Great Expectations (in progress)
by Charles Dickens

Amelia Rules! Vol. 3: Superheroes
by Jimmy Gownley (middle-grade graphic novel)

Mouse Guard Vol. 2: Winter 1152
by David Petersen

Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152
by David Peterson (reread)

GI Joe: Cobra
by Christos Gage & Mike Costa, art by Antonio Fuso

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
by Alan Bradley

by M. T. Anderson

Bamboo People
by Mitali Perkins

Calamity Jack
by Shannon & Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale (graphic novel)


To Serve Them All My Days
by R. F. Delderfield (a reread, only half finished at the end of June)

The Children’s Book
by A.S. Byatt (some discussion here, but not a proper post)

by Jennifer Roy (brief note)

The Whisper of Glocken
by Carol Kendall (brief note)

A God Somewhere
by John Arcudi, illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg
(graphic novel)

Caw of the Wild
by Barb Kirpluk


Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams (a reread, unfinished)

Crow Planet
by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
(in progress)

by Hope Larson
(YA graphic novel)

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster

Betsy in Spite of Herself
by Maud Hart Lovelace

by Raina Telgemeier
(middle-grade graphic novel)

Lunch Lady and the Author Vendetta
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
(young graphic novel)

Favorite Medieval Tales
by Mary Pope Osborne

Prairie Tale: A Memoir
by Melissa Gilbert

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson & Learned to Love Being Hated
by Alison Arngrim

Sarah and Katie
by Dori White (mentioned here, not in depth)

I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith (post)

by Judy Blume

The Perilous Gard
by Elizabeth Marie Pope (every bit as wonderful as The Sherwood Ring)

Lessons from a Dead Girl
by Jo Knowles


American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang (excellent middle-grade graphic novel)

The Year of Plenty
Rebecca LeeAnne Brammer

Babymouse: Rock Star
by Jennifer L. Holm
& Matthew Holm
(young graphic novel)

The Children of Green Knowe
by L. M. Boston

The Gammage Cup (post)
by Carol Kendall (almost as good as Kendall’s The Firelings)

The Dangerous World of Butterflies
by Peter Laufer (post)


Skating Shoes
by Noel Streatfeild

by Sarah Halliwell

The Big Book of Unschooling
by Sandra Dodd

Artisan Bread in
Five Minutes a Day
by Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg
(I may be a teeny tiny bit enthusiastic about this book…)

If I Stay
by Gayle Forman

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heiligman
(shows up in posts here and here)


Mare’s War
by Tanita Davis

Betsy and Joe
by Maud Hart Lovelace (related post)

by Kathryn Erskine

by Justine Larbalestier

Winona’s Pony Cart
by Maud Hart Lovelace



Essays of E. B. White

Carney’s House Party
by Maud Hart Lovelace

How to Say Goodbye in Robot
by Natalie Standiford

by Coe Booth

Secret Keeper
by Mitali Perkins

The Prince of Fenway Park
by Julianna Baggott
(I interviewed her here)

The Kitchen Madonna
by Rumer Godden (post here; pass the tissues)

Asterios Polyp
by David Mazzucchelli