The Best Books I Read in 2010, and a few other lists

Farewell 2010! The folks over at The Broke and the Bookish are posting their Top Ten Reads of 2010, and as it’s the end of the year it seemed a good time to figure out which books were my favorites.  Picking ten was tough, so I also narrowed it down to books published in 2010.  These are not in any exact order but I hope you’ll find this list useful or at least interesting!   I also added lists for favorite new authors, most disappointing books, and books I didn’t make it through. In a previous post I discussed the critics’ picks for best books of 2010.  Please comment with your thoughts about favorite or least favorite books of 2010.  And here’s wishing everyone a happy 2011!

Top Ten Reads of 2010

Top Ten Books Published in 2010

  • A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
  • Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
  • Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

Five Authors I Happily Discovered in 2010:

  • Garth Nix
  • Helen Simonson
  • Jonathan Tropper
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Brandon Sanderson

Five Books that Disappointed:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larssen
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger
  • An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  • Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik

Five Books I Started but Didn’t Finish:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larssen
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The City & The City by China Mieville
  • Private Life by Jane Smiley
  • The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson

  11 comments for “The Best Books I Read in 2010, and a few other lists

  1. December 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Loved Pettigrew and I have Goon Squad waiting for me at the library…somewhere….long story. Perhaps by next week, Goon Squad will be located and I can read it!

    Here is my Top Ten of 2010 post:

  2. December 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Top 10 Books I Read in 2010

    1. The Trophy Bride’s Tale by Cyrilla Barr
    2. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
    3. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
    4. Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown by Jason Dawes & Grant Wilson
    5. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
    6. A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story by Charles Franklin Emery III
    7. Citizen Mitten by William Voedisch
    8. High on a Mountain by Tommie Lyn
    9. Expiation by Greg Messel
    10. A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

  3. Kat
    December 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one who didn’t care for the Larssen series! Great lists!

    Here’s a link to mine:

  4. December 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I’ve been dying to read Oryx & Crake! I’ve never read anything by Margaret Atwood, but I’ve heard so many great things about her books! I also have Never Let Me Go sitting on my shelf at home. What fun lists!

  5. December 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Great list! You definietly read some great books this year. Middlemarch is on my to read for 2011!

  6. December 29, 2010 at 6:38 am

    These lists make me add so many books to my to-read list, it’s crazy! Hope you won’t be disappointed by books in 2011.

  7. December 29, 2010 at 11:04 am

    The Return of the Native is one of my all time favorites, and I did not even attempt the Larssen series, as it is simply not my taste at all.

    Middlemarch is on my informal read list for next year; glad to see that it was a fave for you.

    Hope you enjoy your New Year

  8. December 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

    BTW, love how your blog is organized…excellent ordering of information.

  9. January 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Great lists! I see quite a few here I’m keen to read, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Cheers to 2011!

  10. January 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I’m now in the middle of reading North and South, but I don’t think I could be reading it in a slower, more lackluster fashion. I’ll pick it up once or twice a week, read a few pages and then continue onwards with whatever actually interesting book I’m reading. Good to know I’m not alone.

    Also: The Bell Jar. Wonderful book.

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