Books for 2010!

January 19, 2010 in Book Reviews by pacejmiller

It’s gonna be a big reading year for me.

In my last post, I raved about the 24-hour Eslite book store in Taipei.  Well, I ended up getting no less than 12 books from Eslite (not all in one go, but probably in 3 or 4 tranches, at different Eslites spread across Taipei).  I got everything from classics to award winners to trashy thrillers to self-help.

Here is the list:

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1. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (now made into film by Scorsese and starring Leo DiCaprio)

2. Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris (National Book Award Finalist)

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy and more than 12 million copies sold worldwide)

4. Black Order by James Rollins (New York Times Bestseller)

5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (self explanatory)

6. Dracula by Bram Stoker (self explanatory)

7. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008)

8. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (New York Times Bestseller – always wanted to read this one)

9. The Nostradamus Prophecies by Mario Reading (it was on special)

10. Replay by Ken Grimwood (part of the Fantasy Masterworks seies)

11. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (author of The Shadow of the Wind)

12. A Life at Work by Thomas Moore (already read this one, review here)

Not much thought went into the selection process.  It was pretty much what I came across and whatever was on special.  I wanted to mix things up a little bit and read a wide range of books from different writers with varying styles.

A few of these were recommended by Nate at  There was ONE book I wanted more than all the others but they only have the Chinese version (as the English version was sold out): Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.  I have to read this book!


I am currently reading Eclipse (the third book of the Twilight Saga) which a friend from work lent me, and another friend lent me The Book of Basketball by The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, which I also have to read.

On top of that, I also have to read We Have to Talk About Kelvin by Marcus Chown, who I am hosting here as part of his blog tour.  I just received the book in the mail and a Q&A with the man himself is coming soon!

Oh, and I still haven’t read Feist’s Magician, which I was supposed to last year.

Of course, I have to review all of these too.  Argh!