because I am a girl this is not a boy-style list. But it is a mention, in no particular order, of a few books I read this year which will stay on my shelf and will be read again, and of one or two others that I would not suggest anyone else read. So there.
Read these: The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas; Solar, Ian McEwan; Any Human Heart, William Boyd; Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell; Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood; Just Kids, Patti Smith (so far only in French translation); A Journey, Tony Blair.
Don't read these: The Pregnant Widow, Martin Amis (terrible load of old sexist tosh); Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel (torture porn); Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (bloke travels on a river in Africa talking arse).
I haven't got my reading notebook with me so I will probably remember some more to recommend, or not. Some readers have recommended books to me during this year, so I am starting to accumulate a reading pile already, before 2011 has started.
What a joy it is to read.