2010

Year in Review

This year features one of our most-cherished titles, David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, it sits at No. 4 in our Top-Rated Books list. In addition, we read a number of short stories, one of which — Jack London’s To Build a Fire — is a hugely appreciated piece. Yet overall this was a weak year, even with Tolstoy’s excellent The Death of Ivan Ilyich propping up the table.

Rating Table 2010

Title Rating Owner
1 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 3.61 John
2 To Build a Fire by Jack London 2.02 DKB
3 The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy 1.88 Catherine
4 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller 1.44 Baljit
5 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 1.16 EmmaT
6 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver 0.72 John
7 Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 0.58 Catherine
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith 0.58 DKB
9 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolfe 0.43 Anthony
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox By Maggie O’Farrell 0.43 EmmaJ
11 The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe 0.14 DKB
12 Shadow Web by NM Browne 0.00 EmmaJ
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe 0.00 DKB
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson 0.00 DKB
The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne 0.00 DKB
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe 0.00 DKB

Complete Selection 2010

Choices for 2010 included:

December – DKB

  • Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

November – EmmaJ

  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox By Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
  • After the fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

October – Catherine

  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  • Troubles by J.G. Farrell
  • Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks

September – John

  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Empire by Niall Ferguson
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

July – DKB

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  • The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
  • To Build a Fire by Jack London
  • The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe

June – Baljit

  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
  • The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham

May – EmmaT

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

April – Anthony

  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolfe
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • The Moon and the Sixpence by Somerset Maugham

March – EmmaJ

  • Shadow Web by NM Browne
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

February – Catherine

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
  • Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  • Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

January – John

  • Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver
  • The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
  • Moscow to the End of the Line by Venedikt Erofeev