Bitsy Bling Books will be participating in the New Year's Reading Resolution Giveaway January 3-9. The winner of the giveaway will get to choose 1 book from my Top 10 of 2010 list. Depending on on entries -- I just might have more than one winner *wink, wink*
So take a peek at this year's best of the best. Then, please stop back on January 3-9 and enter to win. Entry will be easy and there will be lots of other book bloggers giving away great titles so make sure you hop around.
Happy New Year! I've completed my countdown. The Top 10 of 2010 has been revealed. Congrats to all the books featured. They have one thing in common, they all share the prestigious honor of making Bitsy Bling Books top ten of 2010 list!
I can't wait to see what is delivered in 2011. As I mentioned, self-published books topped the list! I read 60 books from various genres and avenues of publishing and in my humble opinion, these books were the best of the best. Drum roll please......
BITSY BLING'S #1 Book of 2010
The original and creative
by Ron Cooper
Published Bancroft Press
Published Bancroft Press
What does a monk, condensed milk and a town of backward country hicks have in common? Purple Jesus! I admit I was skeptical when I glimpsed a review claiming that this book belongs on the shelf beside Flannery O'Connor's, Wise Blood, which is one of my all-time favorites. However, after reading Ron Cooper's writing, I stand-up and applaud. Hell, I cheer! I give a woot, dance a jig and shout amen. Yes, indeed Purvis and his crew can toe the line beside O'Connor's religious misfits. So how does it compare? The dialogue is authentic, Cooper's voice original and the symbolism evokes humor, philosophical thought and moral dilemmas as well as perceived sexuality. A string of items are presented and seemingly unrelated, somehow connect and relate. For me, this story was about perception and assigning meaning to anything. An extremely entertaining read with a deep undercurrent. If you are a fan of Flannery O'Connor or Chuck Palahniuk, you will dig this book. I highly recommend. I received the ebook for review, but intend to purchase the paperback because this book needs to be on my shelf so I can read it again, and again. I'd love to discuss the story in a book club forum. Purple Jesus will definitely make my top 10 must reads of 2010. In fact it just made #1!
A tight race...my #2 is One Last Thing To Do Before I Die
by Steven Drew Goldberg
Almost Breathless at #3 Caraliza
by John Blaine Kirkpatrick
Brown Brush Books
Setting New York, Lower East Side 1919
The eagerly awaited #4! The Red Church
by Scott Nicholson
Published by P Mass Paper
Crossing the mid-way mark is #5 The Vespertine
by Saundra Mitchell
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Setting Baltimore, Maryland 1889
Sweet #6 is The Wedding Gift
by Kathleen McKenna
Lucky #7 is The Eighth Scroll
by Dr. Laurence B. Brown
Published by Book Surge
Moving up to #8 Haunting Miss Trentwood by Belinda Kroll
Published by Bright Bird Press
Setting Compton Beauchamp, Swindon, London 1887
The Haunting of Miss Trentwood is a gorgeously crafted Victorian novel through which Kroll creates a perfect gothic literary revival. Admittedly, the author suggests that upon completion she recognized the influence of Hamlet in the story. I also see other classical influences such as Bronte and Shirley Jackson. However, the most notable and flattering comparison I can draw is to The House of Seven Gables, by Nathanial Hawthorne because "The Haunting of Miss Trentwood" visits the archetypal theme of withdrawal and return. It explores isolation and redemption along with a person's relationship to the past and determination to a future. It's about escaping and embracing all that influences or paralyzes. This concept (theme) can be examined as it applies to each character, which is fascinating and would make for a lively literary analysis. Similarly, Kroll achieves the proper restraint evocative of the classical Victorian era while harmonizing it with just the right amount of shadowy eeriness necessary when portraying a haunting. The use of the dying house as a character as well as setting is specific and greatly important in this style of novel. Much like Jackson and other gothic authors, the home is often a breathing thing that isolates or separates characters. There is a definite elegance presented in the word choice and proves the painstaking effort the author took in committing to the voice of the story. The lead character, Mary, is vulnerable, but not overtly fragile. There is a feminist quality to her reactions and thoughts, which is evident in her finding a prince in need of rescuing.
Weighting in at #10 is A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell
Published by Forge Books
Setting 1931 Berlin