I've tossed and I've turned and I think I've found my favorite reads for 2010. Here's the list with the post it inspired and the reasoning:
I'm not one who wanted to run away to the circus as wee lad, but I certainly wanted to run away with this book. Her prose on a circus travelling through Imperial Russia, were not only gorgeous, but witty and graphic.
4. Down the Garden Path - Beverley Nichols
What can I say? I love Beverley Nichols, and his descriptions of gardening are extremely accurate and hysterical.
3. Our Lady of the Flowers - Jean Genet
What a read! His evocative imagery can rival no one. A torrid tale written in prison, destroyed, then written again on scrap paper. It also challenged me to dust parts of my brain that haven't been used in years.
2. The Heir - Vita Sackville-West
A tiny little novella, with an innocent tale of a man inheriting an Elizabethan manor with a flock of peacocks. Was it profound, moody or life-changing? Non. But it stuck with me, and I often find myself thinking about it.
This was the one that started it all. The year I became obsessed with the Mitfords. I thankfully have passed this book onto many kin, they all worship me now. Although, my mother (who loved it) has recently said to me: "If you start a sentence with 'Nancy Mitford' one more time, I'm gonna kill myself."
There you have it! Next year, I hope to read more wonderful books and will always gladly read and enjoy your recommendations!