The Best of 2010

As we begin 2011, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the best books of 2010 (and of course to add them to my TBR list). Below, I have compiled several lists (sources noted at end). I hope you have the chance to read them all!

Note: The books below are alphabetical by title. However, the most mentioned are Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. These deserve  greater notice.

  •  Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk***
  • Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans ******
  • Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed*
  • Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste***
  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis***
  • Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff ******
  • The Confession by John Grisham**
  • Curfewed Night: One Kashmiri Journalist’s Frontline Account Of Life, Love, And War In His Homeland by Basharat Peer*
  • The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography Of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee* / ******
  • Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew Ervin ***
  • Faithful Place by Tana French**
  • Father of the Rain by Lily King***
  • A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer**
  • FINISHING THE HAT: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, ­Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim.******
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen*** / ***** / ******
  • The Four Stages of Cruelty by Keith Hollihan***
  • How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu***
  • I am number four by Pittacus Lore****
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot***
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachm***
  • Innocent by Scott Turow***
  • Invisible Boy by Cornelia Read***
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith***
  • The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall**
  • Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer***
  • Matched by Ally Condie****
  • MockingJay by Suzanne Collins (Book 3 of the Hunger Games)****
  • The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie ******
  • Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré***
  • Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey*** / *****
  • The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis***
  • The Privileges by Jonathan Dee***
  • The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva**
  • Room by Emma Donoghue***** / ******
  • Selected Stories by William Trevor ******
  • Self-Portraits by Frederic Tuten***
  • The Silver Hearted by Davide McConnell*
  • The Sleepwalkers by Paul Grossman**
  • Sourland by Joyce Carol Oates***
  •  The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee***
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell***
  • To the End of the Land by David Grossman*** / *****
  • Tutankhamun by Nick Drake***
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand***
  • Vestments by John Reimringer***
  • Vida by Patricia Engel*
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan*** / ***** / ******
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson*** / ******
  • Years of Red Dust by Qiu Xiaolong***

 Sources:

*Best Book Debuts of 2010 by NPR at http://www.npr.org/2010/12/16/131932215/a-little-bundle-of-new-best-book-debuts-of-2010?ft=1&f=1032

**Best Mystery Books of 2010 by NPR at http://www.npr.org/2010/12/15/131728640/murder-they-wrote-the-year-in-mysteries

***Publisher’s Weekly 2010 Picks at http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/awards-and-prizes/article/45070-best-books-of-2010.html

****Family Circle’s Young Adult Picks

****The Best of the Best by the Daily Beast

****** Top Ten from New York Times

 Happy Reading!

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