Sunday, December 11, 2011

November Reads

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier - 11/6/2011 
Excellent - Historical Fiction
A tale of 1790's London with Mr. William Blake (poet) and Mr. Philip Astley (circus) along with a family from Dorsetshire
I tend to enjoy Chevalier's portrayals of famous historical artists. This one was slightly different as Blake and Astley were secondary characters to the children that formed the basis of the story, but still interesting. 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - 11/10/2011 
Good - Classic
Ten year old orphan Mary Lennox comes to live with her uncle in England and discovers an unkempt garden behind a locked door.
A re-read for me, as well as a book club selection. If you've only ever read a children's version (or heard the Focus on the Family radio play), you will find this different. I was motivated this time to do some research into Burnett and her involvement in spirituality and the "New Thought" which is the basis for the "Magic" in the story. 

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - 11/16/2011 
Excellent - Classic
Nine year old orphan Oliver Twist runs away to Victorian London and falls in with a gang of pickpockets.
I read Oliver Twist over the summer in preparation for the class I am teaching and I re-read it along with the students. Loved it even more the second time through. 

Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris - 11/26/2011 
Good - Historical fiction
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy find themselves caught up in a controversy regarding the mental competence of the former Miss Caroline Bingley, now married to an American, Mr. Parrish.
An interesting mystery but a bit more on the occult side than I would have preferred. Bebris has written a mystery as a counterpart for each of Austen's novels, and I plan to search each of them out. 

The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian - 11/28/2011 
Poor - Thriller
Chip Linton, an airline pilot whose plane crashed, moves to a small New England town with his wife and twin daughters where he is haunted by the ghosts of three who lost their lives on the flight. The friendly people in their new town all seem to have greenhouses and have a special fascination with the twins.
Starting with Bohjalian's Midwives, I've searched out several of his novels, but this one disappointed me. I almost returned this far-fetched story to the library before I finished reading it, and now I wish I had.

Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin - 11/29/2011 
Excellent - Biography
Heavily documented and interesting biography of Regency author Jane Austen
Started reading this as research for my NaNoWriMo book and read it slowly over the course of a few weeks. Lots and lots of factual material here, as well as some speculation. 

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - 11/29/2011 
Good - Classic
The 1st Sherlock Holmes novel, in which he meets Watson, takes rooms at 221B Baker St. and solves a murder that has ties to the Salt Lake City Mormons.
I'd decided not to read any more Holmes stories after disliking The Hound of the Baskervilles, but I am pleased that I chose to ignore that decision. Because the BBC Sherlock series was based in part on this introductory Holmes novel, we chose it to read both for Brit Lit (that I am teaching) and for Rollicking Readers (book club). I enjoyed it far more than Baskervilles and plan to read more of Conan Doyle's work. 

What are YOU reading!?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

October Reads

I only was able to finish 1 book in October. But I had several others in various stages of progression.

The End of Molasses Classes: Getting our Kids Unstuck by Ron Clark - 10/1/2011    
Excellent - Non-fiction  
101 Extraordinary solutions for parents and teachers

If you are a parent or a teacher, or if you care at all about education, I highly recommend this book by one of the founders of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. He is a creative educator and seems completely committed to ensuring that kids become all they can be!

September Reads

Twelfth Night, or What You Will by William Shakespeare - 9/3/2011 
Good - Classic
Gender-bending comic tale of shipwreck, love, and mischief.
 Read this for the Brit Lit class I am co-teaching. We also went to see the play at Grand Valley State University - excellent! Very funny. Always remember Shakespeare is meant to be watched, not read!

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell - 9/20/2011   
Excellent - Non-fiction   
Some interesting thoughts on how successful people got that way, and some myths debunked.
I found this book so intriguing that I assigned it to David. Did you ever wonder how some people seem to "make it big" and others just don't? 

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller - 9/26/2011 
Excellent - Non-fiction
Best book I ever read on prayer - what it is, what it isn't, how to do it, why to do it
Such a wonderful practical book on prayer that I began reading it again as soon as I finished it. I have it on the Kindle but I bought a copy for Bob. And I am going to have the kids read it too. 

A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz - 9/26/2011 
Excellent - Non-fiction
Great insights into each of Austen's novels, making them relevant to the modern American.
I really enjoyed this book. The author relates his life experiences to each of Austen's novels, as well as discussing them in such an interesting relevant manner that I devoured the book. Not many men commit to reading Austen, but more should. 

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas - 9/30/2011 
Good - Classic
D'Artagnan comes to Paris to join the 3 Musketeers and is caught up in plots of intrigue and betrayal.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped to. And the new movie is not much like the book at all! We read this for book club.

Only 5 books in September and 2 of them were for outside commitments.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

August Reads

The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner - 8/7/2011 
Excellent - Nonfiction
Why even our best schools don't teach the new survival skills our children need - and what we can do about it.
What an eye-opening book! This will make a big difference in what I require of my own children for high school. If you are at all concerned about education not preparing children for the real world, you should read this. It's not about homeschooling at all. Instead, it is about how even the "best" schools are not giving students the skills they need to succeed.

You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers - 8/13/2011 
Good - Memoir
Heather has prosopagnosia, aka face blindness, that prevents her from reliably recognizing people's faces.
Heather Sellers teaches at Hope College, the second book I've read by a professor there. She has an extremely interesting story stemming from her condition, but I didn't find it particularly well-written or compelling in style.

Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood by Betsy J Green - 8/14/2011
Good - Nonfiction
Detailed manual on researching the history of your house (old or new)
Interesting reading. If I only had time to research this.....

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - 8/18/2011 
Excellent - Classic
Oliver Twist, an orphan in Victorian England, runs away from the orphanage to make his way in London.
I am teaching this book for the Brit Lit class we are offering at co-op, so I wanted to prepare for it. Not sure I've ever read it before now, though I've seen a couple of movie versions. Really good - excellent intro to Dickens (I've already read Little Dorrit which is more difficult.) I am excited to teach it!

The Living Stone by Jane Orcutt - 8/18/2011 
Good - Inspirational Romance
Leah's husband and small child are killed in a drunk-driving accident.
A predictable and poignant Christian romance novel. 

The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson - 8/24/2011 
Excellent - Inspirational Romance
Mary-Margaret has always wanted to become a nun, but her friendship with the troubled neighbor boy leads to a divine calling that changes her life.
This book was recommended to me by my mom who told me it would be unlike any Christian romance book I've ever ever read. She was right. NOT predictable. NOT your run-of-the-mill formulaic romance. Samson challenges the reader by giving us an unusual heroine and an even more unusual hero. I loved it and want to read it again, to experience its many layers while already knowing how the story turns out.

So, what are YOU reading?
(If you are reading this, I challenge you to comment!)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

July Reads

Treason at Lisson Grove by Anne Perry - 7/8/2011 
Good - Fiction
Pitt is away in France and Charlotte goes to Ireland to clear his superior's name.
I was glad to see a new Thomas Pitt novel by Anne Perry and enjoyed it a lot!

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - 7/12/2011
Good - Fiction
Dr. Marina Singh travels to the Amazon jungle to search for clue to a colleague's death.
I love Ann Patchett's writing. It makes me think. But now I KNOW I never want to go to the Amazon rain forest. :-)

True Grit by Charles Portis - 7/18/2011 
Good - Fiction
14yo Mattie Ross decides to avenge her father's murder.
Our August book club selection is traditionally a contemporary novel and True Grit was this year's choice. It was very compelling. 

32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching by Phillip Done - 7/23/2011 
Excellent - Memoir
Short essays describing timeless truths of a teacher's life and of childhood
I started this book months ago and kept it in the car for those moments of waiting since the short essays fit that perfectly. Finally I brought it in the house and finished the last part in one evening. Mr. Done seems like a great teacher! And he has the knack of making classroom events relate to everyday life.

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen - 7/24/2011 
Good - Inspirational Romance Regency
Mariah lives in her aunt's gatehouse, apart from her family due to a youthful indiscretion that cost her reputation.
My mom recommended this as a light fun read and it was! Interesting Christian fiction with a few nods to Jane Austen.

What are YOU reading?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

June Reads

The Message Bible edited by Eugene Peterson - 6/2/2011 
Excellent - Nonfiction
Modern paraphrase of the Bible. Took me several years to read it.
I really liked the fresh perspective that reading this paraphrase brought to my Scripture knowledge. Reading this took me much longer than I intended, but I am really glad I read the entire thing.

How to Be Perfect by Daniel M. Harrell - 6/5/2011
Excellent - Nonfiction
One church's audacious experiment in living the OT book of Leviticus
This was an interesting read. Leviticus has a bad rep among Christians. This small group, all from one church including the pastor, decided to try to live Levitically for a month. I enjoyed reading it. 

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendie McClure -  6/19/2011 
Excellent -  Nonfiction
Wendie's lifelong obsession with the Little House books drives her to learn as much as she can about Laura Ingalls Wilder and then go on a trek to most of the Little House historical sites.
Interesting from beginning to end. I think I read it all in one lazy Sunday! Some surprising revelations about Little House and Laura. I found some things about the author I could really relate to and some things that were totally NOT me, but it was all engaging!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - 6/24/2011 
Excellent - Classic
An orphan girl comes by mistake to Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and finds a home.
This was a re-read for me, for book club. In fact, I think I've read it twice before. I appreciated it far more this time through. If you read Anne as a child, give it a read as an adult. I think you'll find a much richer story. If you've never read it, why not?!

The Tempest by William Shakespeare - 6/24/2011 
Excellent - Classic
A sorceror who was cheated out of his title commands a tempest to cause a shipwreck.
This was a book club read. I'd never read this play before and I enjoyed listening to it. The free Librivox recording was only 2.5 hours long and a treat with so many great narrators taking the parts. 

Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich - 6/26/2011 
Good - Fiction
Stephanie runs afoul of Grandma Bella who puts the vordo curse on her, and dead bodies keep appearing in the empty lot where the bail bonds office used to stand.
I always eagerly await the next Evanovich and this one did not disappoint. Lots of Ranger (for those of you "in the know") made me very happy! Eighteen is coming out early - in the fall!

Friday, June 10, 2011

May Reads

Now You See Her by Joy Fielding - 5/5/2011 
Good ~ Mystery
Middle-aged and in the middle of a divorce, Marcy travels to Ireland on what was meant to be a second honeymoon and sees what appears to be her daughter who was declared dead two years before.
I enjoyed this - I needed a captivating mystery and this was just the thing.

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier - 5/7/2011
Fair ~ Fiction
What if pain manifested as light that everyone could see? A handwritten journal serves as the common thread that links several otherwise unrelated vignettes in this book that has no clear resolution.
The vignettes were entertaining, and the premise promising, but I kept waiting for something to tie everything together at the end.... and..... and.....
Don't bother.

I Saw the Angel in the Marble by Chris & Ellyn Davis - 5/13/2011 
Excellent ~ Nonfiction
A collection of essays on the purpose and delight-directed methods of home education.
I've been working on this (borrowed!) book off and on for several years.Well worth reading, it will change the way you think about education and life with children. I need a copy of my own and I'm going to start over. The only problem? Now, I realize I'm doing an awful lot of things wrong. lol

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin ~ 5/23/2011
Good ~ Chick Lit
Rachel falls in love with her bitchy best friend's fiance.
Really not my favorite book. Neither main character was very likable. We got to hear Rachel's thoughts, so she was clearly meant to be sympathetic, but, well, she wasn't.

The Slumber of Christianity by Ted Dekker - 5/26/2011 
Excellent ~ Nonfiction
Awakening a passion for heaven on earth.
Dekker points out how the Church has fallen asleep and needs to remember our hope in Jesus is our eternal life in heaven, not our earthly blessings. Worthwhile and accessible read. I highly recommend this short book by the author of many Christian novels.

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper - 5/26/2011 
Fair ~ Classic
French and Indian War, frail white girls being guided to a frontier fort where their father is commander
Hated it. Only finished it so it wouldn't be the only book club book I hadn't finished! Wordy, boring, and pompous.

Bossypants by Tina Fey - 5/30/2011 
Good ~ Humor
Musings on Life and Career from comedian, writer, and producer Tina Fey.
Tina is as funny in writing as she is on stage. Her liberal slant was off-putting at first to me as a more conservative reader (probably more like her Republican parents than Tina herself), but it seemed like she set aside her agenda and got down to the memoirs after the first chapter or two. I laughed out loud a lot. The reason I read this book was the last chapter "Prayer for My Daughter" which I had read online and loved.

LEFT Neglected by Lisa Genova - 5/31/2011 
Good ~ Fiction
Career-driven supermom Sarah Nickerson suffers a traumatic brain injury and her life changes.
Such an unusual brain injury piqued my interest and I wondered how the author would treat the changes in this harried working mom's life. I enjoyed it, though I thought parts of the narrative seemed to be skipped over. 

What are YOU reading?

April Reads

I keep reading, but I've been forgetting to finish these blog posts! Here are my April reads. 

Madame Tussaud: A novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran - 4/2/2011 
Good ~ Historical Fiction
Marie Grosholtz works with her uncle in their Salon filled with wax models and has a front row view of the Revolution in France.
This one seemed like a bit of a chore to get through. I enjoyed it though, so perhaps that was just the fact that I hadn't had a lot of reading time and it was a LONG book. Marie was an strong and talented female character in a time when strength and talent in females was not so much appreciated. The plot was based on the true story of Madame Tussaud's Waxworks.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok - 4/4/2011 
Good ~ Fiction
Kim emigrates to America from Hong Kong and works in a sweatshop with her mother.
For about 2/3 of the book, I thought this was a true story.  Instead of a memoir, though, this is a work of fiction based in the author's experiences as an immigrant child working in American sweatshops in the 70's.  I was just amazed that such things could happen within my lifetime and in my country.

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell - 4/8/2011 
Excellent ~ Classic
Molly grows up motherless in rural England in the mid-1800's. When she is a teenager, her doctor father remarries and Molly must adjust to life with a demanding stepmother and a stepsister with a mysterious past. The local gentry come to rely on Molly, but what will her future hold?
The movie was wonderful, and the book was really good as well. I didn't realize until after I started reading that this book was left unfinished at the author's death. The ending was reconstructed from her notes and conversations.

Waiting: the true confessions of a waitress by Debra Ginsburg - 4/12/2011 
Excellent ~ Nonfiction
The author's memoirs of twenty years of waitressing in establishments as varied as a family-owned pizzeria, a dance club, and a ritzy restaurant.
I've never waitressed, but Ginsburg writes of her trials and tribulations as a waitress clearly so that I feel like I'm right in the restaurant watching her. She also obviously enjoys her work, as she has been a server for more than 20 years. Very interesting story.

Run by Ann Patchett - 4/19/2011
Excellent ~ Fiction
Teddy and Tip were adopted cross-racially and a car accident twenty years later changes their lives.
This one was a slow starter, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The relationships and characters were interesting.

Year of Wonders: a novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks - 4/25/2011
Excellent ~ Historical Fiction
Anna's village is infected with Plague in 1666 and the villagers, influenced by the local minister, choose to quarantine themselves.
This one gets a lot of critical acclaim and I almost thought of it as a young adult novel. It's too graphic for that, I think, though. I personally was displeased with the statement about religion but the novel was well-written and interesting.

What are YOU reading?

Sunday, April 03, 2011

March Reads

Clara & Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland - 3/1/2011
Fair - Historical Fiction
Clara is a designer at Tiffany Studios around the turn of the 20th century.
I listened to this on audiobook and I didn't particularly like the narrator. It was a good story, though.

GOVERNESS: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres by Ruth Brandon - 3/2/2011
Fair - Nonfiction
This was more about the lives of several real women who were governesses at some point. So, more about the TIMES than the LIVES of governesses. Mildly interesting and somewhat lurid (because one of the women was Byron's mistress and another was the mother of Mary Shelley), but not what I expected.
I had expected something else, as this didn't seem like a fair account of the average governess. But I did learn a lot!

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo - 3/5/2011
Excellent - Chick Lit
Emma Grant, college professor in disgrace, travels to England hot on the trail of some previously unknown Austen letters.
Enjoyed this a lot!

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Excellent - Classic
Captain Wentworth returns after 8 years at sea earning his fortune. Anne, who eight years ago refused his offer of marriage, is still in love with him.
I love this more every time I read it - this is my third time.

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore - 3/15/2011
Good - Suspense
A Sherlock Holmes fan solves a murder and gathers clues to find a lost diary of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Fanciful story that alternates between a modern Sherlock Holmes fan's search for a diary and fictional accounts of Conan Doyle's life. Interesting!

February Reads

Margins are acting crazy again. Sorry!  
Me and Mr. Darcy Alexandra Potter 2/4/2011 Good Fiction Bookstore manager goes on Jane Austen tour on a whim and, through a twist in time, meets the real Darcy. But he's not all she imagined. Interesting, if you need something light and Austen-related.  

Emma Jane Austen 2/8/2011 Good Classic Spoiled rich Emma Woodhouse tries to make matches for everyone but herself. Loved Emma this time!

The Postcard Killers James Patterson & Liza Marklund 2/8/2011 Good Suspense A pair of killers roams Europe killing young lovers. Gory but interesting.  

Northanger Abbey Jane Austen 2/10/2011 Good Classic Catherine Morland visits Bath for the 1st time and meets Henry Tilney Tilney is my fav. Austen hero!!!  

One Tough Mother: it's time to step up and be the Mom Julie Barnhill 2/11/2011 Good Parenting Tips on parenting Took me forever to read this. Really, I started it a couple years ago and then it sat in my basket for a long time. It reinforced a lot of what I was doing but not too much new ground in this. This was recently reprinted with a new title.  

Dragonfly in Amber Diana Gabaldon 2/15/2011 Good Romance 3rd RE-READ; Jamie and Claire must find their place in Bonny Prince Charlie's attempt to regain his throne. I just adore listening to Davina Porter read Gabaldon. LOVE LOVE LOVE!  

400 Calorie Fix: The Easy New Rule for Permanent Weight Loss Liz Vaccariello with Mindy Hermann 2/15/2011 Fair Nonfiction Beautifully presented, but not very practical in my opinion. Includes pictures and recipes for four hundred 400-calorie meals, as well as a rationale for eating that way Pretty book. Not very helpful.  

Secrets to the Grave Tami Hoag 2/19/2011 Good Suspense Someone has killed a young mother and left her 4yo daughter for dead. Seriously? I don't remember this at all from my description. LOL

January Reads

Guess I never did a January or February post! Will remedy that now.  
Beguiled by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand - 1/2/2011 Good - Inspirational Suspense Dogwalker Rylee finds herself in the middle of a Robin Hood robbery and is implicated. Will reporter Logan Woods be an ally or an enemy? Not my favorite Deeanne Gist novel.  

Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story by Ann Kirschner - 1/3/2011 Good - Nonfiction As a young woman during WW2, Sala was placed in a Nazi work camp. She survived but never talked about her experiences until she gave letters she had saved for 50+ years to her adult daughter who then researched her mother's story. I never knew much about the WW2 work camps - very interesting and sad part of WW2 history.  

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe - 1/18/2011 Good - Gothic Romance Emily St. Aubert is orphaned and taken from France to Italy by her aunt and eventually to the castle of Udolpho where strange things occur. Read this to better understand the Gothic novel and since it is mentioned in Northanger Abbey, this was a good one to start with!  

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - ? Good - Classic Fanny Price goes to live with rich relatives. Liked this a lot better this time through. I think this is the most ignored of Austen's novels. I'd still like to slap Edmund though. Will I ever admire him?  

Edge by Jeffery Deaver - 1/20/2011 Good - Suspense Hard to get into; the narrator is an officer in the Witness Protection Program and must keep his clients safe from a lifter that killed his mentor. I found it difficult to get into this novel, probably because it was unclear who the characters were and who were the "good guys" but I was glad I stuck with it.  

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde - 1/29/2011 Good - Fiction Thursday is now a mother and still trying to get her husband Landon un-eradicated, while dealing with problems in Hamlet and trying to keep the world from ending with a croquet match. I've really enjoyed the Thursday Next series. I think this is the 4th in the series. They're hard to explain because they are sort of 'Hitchhiker's Guide meets Nancy Drew meets classic literature'.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Best books I read in 2010

These are the books I read in 2010 that I rated Excellent. I would recommend any of them to you. They are in the order I read them.

A Bride in the Bargain by Deanne Gist
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (But read Hunger Games 1st, ok? This is 2nd in a series)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Emma by Jane Austen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (part of the Outlander series, so start with Outlander)
Read It and Eat by Sarah Gardner
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Juliet by Anne Fortier

Yes, my list is a little heavy on the Jane Austen. That's because of the Austentatious class I am co-teaching at our homeschool co-op. But if you haven't read Austen (or if you read her once and didn't like her, or if you tried and couldn't get into it), I do recommend you try again.

I'd like to note that when I read Emma for the first time, I couldn't get into it at all. In fact, I opined that it had no relevance for the modern reader. After my 3rd re-read, I couldn't disagree more with my original opinion. So....onward and upward!

I read a few of these for book club, but I didn't rate EVERY book club book as Excellent, so these are the best of the ones we read in 2010 - Gone with the Wind, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Little Women, and Emma.

December Reads

Well, this post is a little late, but I didn't read too much in December anyway.

Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski - 12/9/2010
Fair - Chick Lit
Immature and pretentious Clare Finnegan has her 1st baby and can't decide whether to remain at her job as an event planner or to stay home with her baby.
This was not a book I'd recommend. I did not like Clare at all and by the end, I didn't care if her baby was ever around her.

Juliet by Anne Fortier - 12/23/2010
Excellent - Historical Fiction
Julie Jacobs travels to Siena, Italy to track down her parents' mysterious deaths and gets caught up in a modern Romeo and Juliet mystery.
Excellent book recommended to ME by my friend Cathy. I think you'd all love it! Well-written, suspenseful, and not your normal storyline at all.

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella - 12/24/2010
Good - Chick Lit
Lexi wakes up in hospital with amnesia for the last three years and doesn't recognize the person she's become.
Again - another main character I didn't like much. She was not as bad as Clare from the earlier book, but Lexi was shallow and her morals were questionable. I have only read one Kinsella book that I enjoyed (NOT one of the Shopaholics) but if you like the Shopaholic series, you may enjoy this.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

2010 Movies I've Seen

I've divided this post into several categories, ranking the movies I've seen that were released in 2010.

ENJOYED IT - Would recommend
Toy Story 3
Ramona and Beezus
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Knight and Day
How to Train Your Dragon
Despicable Me
The A-Team
Iron Man 2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

ENJOYED IT - Not necessarily for everyone (or guilty pleasures!)
Sorcerer's Apprentice, The
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Charlie St. Cloud
Tron: Legacy (moved from the top category since I think this may be a love it or hate it movie)

INDIFFERENT - Not a lot of feeling one way or the other
Tooth Fairy
Robin Hood
Life as We Know It
Letters to Juliet
Leap Year
Last Song, The
Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)
Extraordinary Measures
Clash of the Titans
Dear John
Book of Eli, The
Alice in Wonderland

MIXED FEELINGS - Liked some parts, disliked something about it
When in Rome
Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Losers, The
Just Wright
Eat Pray Love
Bounty Hunter, The
Back Up Plan, The

DISLIKED MOVIE - But you might like it. Not my thing. Or it was just a stinker.
Valentine's Day
Easy A
Going the Distance (only made it about 20 minutes in)