TwentyTen: Review Carnival

Well, we’re already in the middle of eighth month of the TwentyTen Reading Challenge, how are you doing? Enjoying it so far? Do you have a favourite read?

It’s been far too long since I last did link carnival for my TwentyTen challenge, so I thought I’d pick 2 reviews for each category for you to peruse, and maybe pick up a book to help you complete the challenge!

Young Adult Reviews

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Reviewed by: Zee from Notes from the North

Who thought that:

Overall this book often had me in absolute stitches

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigani

Reviewed by: Melissa at Blogging about Books

Who had this to say:

Definitely and enjoyable, quick read.  I’m looking forward to seeing more Adriana Trigiani YA novels in the future!

T.B.R Reviews

The Bay at Midnight by Diane Chamberlain

Reviewed by: Kritter’s Ramblings

Who said:

I enjoyed the slowly unfolding of events through both a glance back in time and the revealing of struggles that these ladies are facing in their current lives.

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Reviewed by: So Many Books, So Little Time


gave this book a rating of 3/5.

Shiny & New Reviews

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Reviewed by Katy at A Few More Pages


I’m really enjoying this series so far, and can’t wait to dig into Mockingjay as soon as I can get my hands on a copy on August 24.

Darren: I think we can all relate to that! 😉

Monsters of Men by Patrick of Ness

Reviewed by: Tia’s Book Musings

Who felt:

…if there’s anything Ness can do, it’s connect the reader so tightly to his characters’ emotions that you’re not just following a story, you’re following individual characters’ inner lives…

Bad Bloggers Reviews

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Reviewed by: As Usual I Need More Books

Who thought:

And Cronin’s cast of characters is unforgettable. There are a LOT of them, but each one felt completely real and full of life.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Reviewed by: Alyce from At Home With Books

Who thought that:

Never Let Me Go was a compelling and thought-provoking read.  If you are a fan of dystopian fiction then I would recommend this book.

Charity Reviews

The Condition by Jennifer Haigh

Reviewed by: Amused by Books


This story, while maybe not as good as her other two novels for me, was pretty good and did a great job of showing a complicated cast of characters and how complicated, as humans we really all are.

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Reviewed by Beth Fish Reads

Who thought:

The Rock and the River is important because it is all too easy to see the strides that have been made instead of the work that still must be done in the name of civil rights, not just for blacks but for most minorities. Unfortunately, Maroon presents only two movements within the black community of the 1960s.

New in 2010 Reviews

The Long Song by Andre Levy

Reviewed by: Buried in Print

Saying this:

I’ll be keeping on with Andrea Levy. Terrific storytelling!

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Reviewed by: Mrs Burns at GHHS Library

Who Said:

Bleeding Violet was a page turner from the start, and once I got a grip on the story and the setting and was no longer confused, I was with it all the way through.

Older than You Reviews

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Reviewed by: Kate, Katie, Susan and Sue

Who said:

I must say, I enjoyed the hell out of this book, probably to an embarrassing degree.

Noah’s Castle by John Rowe Townsend

Reviewed by: Lawral at Lucy was Robbed

Who thought:

It wasn’t until Barry started to doubt his father that I started to get into Noah’s Castle. Then Nessie started actively defying her father and it really started to get good.

Win! Win! Reviews

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Reviewed by The Little Bookworm


…thoroughly enjoyed it as much as an adult as I did when I was a child.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Reviewed by Books in the City


Toibin does an excellent job of depicting the life of an immigrant as one caught between two worlds.

Who are You Again? Reviews

The Less Dead by April Lurie

Reviewed by: Cynical Optimism

Who said:

i wish it had been longer, with more about Noah and Will becoming friends.

The Season by Sarah MacLean

Reviewed by: Jacob’s Beloved

Who had this to say:

I did enjoy this book and I would rate it 3 out of 5 stars.

Up to You Reviews

The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South by Alex Heard

Reviewed by: A Few More Pages


This was an interesting work of non-fiction history that was wonderfully readable.

Looking For Salvation at the Dairy Queen, by Susan Gregg Gilmore

Reviewed by: Blogging About Books

Who said:

This was a very real book with main characters who were easy to relate to! A great quick read!

Finished the Challenge? Then don’t forget to leave a link on this post.

6 thoughts on “TwentyTen: Review Carnival

  • September 23 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks so much for the shout-out. I’ve really been enjoying this challenge and just have four more left to finish. Funnily enough, two of those are the ones that I picked myself for the final segment of the challenge!

  • August 23 at 2:26 am

    Thanks for hosting this excellent challenge – the categories are great and really ensure that a breadth of books is covered! Thanks for featuring one of my reviews here in the carnival!

    • August 23 at 8:44 pm

      No problem. I’m really enjoying hosting it!

  • August 21 at 3:53 am

    This is such a great wrap up of books! I loved to see a snippet of all of these and thanks for featuring one of mine!

  • August 20 at 11:10 pm

    This is such a neat idea. Thanks for featuring one of my reviews!

Comments for this post are closed. Why not send me a tweet instead?

For more posts like this, please follow me on Bloglovin'