What I Read: December 2010

Wrapping up a year in books, here’s what I read in the month of December.  Links take you to my full reviews on Goodreads.com and asterisks mark books that have made the Cannon of Fabulous Literature According to Abby.

Stay tuned for a yearly review of books in 2010 — as soon as I figure out how to export booklists from Goodreads 🙂

Emotionally Weird, Kate Atkinson
4 stars
Meta-textual architect Atkinson builds a fascinating mystery through the use of story as a story.  Confused?  Read it.  It’s wonderful.

Compromised, Kate Noble
3 stars
“When Harry Met Sally” set in Regency England, without the pie scene.

Tempt Me at Twilight, Lisa Kleypas (Hathaways #3)
2 stars
Old Skool Romance in a New Skool package.  Uber-Alpha male brow beats submissive female into something that’s supposed to look like love.  Meh.

Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal
2 stars
Brilliant concept, mediocre execution.  This Jane Austen inspired novel brings in a touch of magic, but the Austen character mash-up and limited world building and integration of magic leave much to be desired.

Little Bee, Chis Cleave
4 stars
Little Bee, Batman and Sarah embark on an adventure of the heart and of immigration law in this suspenseful and eye-opening novel.  Perfect for book clubs.

The Tutor, Portia da Costa
3 stars
Librarian Rosie Howard takes on a new job as private librarian to wealthy Julian Hadey who has much more planned for Rosie than cataloging a few books. (Read as an e-book.)

What books did you snuggle up with this holiday season?

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One response to “What I Read: December 2010

  1. Emotionally Weird is one of my favorite books of all time.

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