let's list our top 5 from 2010-- happy holidays all!

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let's list our top 5 from 2010-- happy holidays all!

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1GCPLreader
Dez 12, 2010, 8:42am

k, somebody else go first :o)

2GCPLreader
Dez 20, 2010, 10:02am

I read some fabulous novels that came out this year (or late 2009). I'm actually listing 12!

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor
Ransom by David Malouf
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Room by Emma Donoghue
Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister---favorite nonfiction of the year!
Under this Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

3megwaiteclayton
Editado: Dez 23, 2010, 11:49am

I'll forget some of my faves for the year, but thinking of books that came out this year (some of which I read in manuscript or advanced reader copy):

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli (just out in paperback this week!)
The Heretic's Wife by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Blue Nude by Elizabeth Rosner

I also read a terrific one that will be coming out next summer (too early for it to be touchstoning yet):

French Lessons by Ellen Sussman (which was titled The French Tutors when I read it, but I like the new title better)

4Grammath
Dez 23, 2010, 12:37pm

5 goodies:

Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Waterland by Graham Swift
King Rat by China Mieville
Netherland by Joseph O'Neill

5ljbwell
Dez 27, 2010, 1:47pm

Taking a quick look back:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy - bare-bones post-apocalyptic
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - Irish-American immigrant experience
Sommarboken by Tove Jansson - beautiful in its simplicity
Spies by Michael Frayn - WWII, what children think is going on, what is really going on, what the reader does and doesn't realize is really going on, and looking back at the consequences.
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers - fun, sprawling fantasy romp; a book that revels in books and reading.
and because I can't keep it to 5:
Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead - satire, American culture and history distilled down to a slim, wonderfully written novel. Not as original as The Intuitionist, but Whitehead is fast becoming a favorite author.

6LisaStens
Dez 28, 2010, 2:46pm

It's hard to pick only 5! If I could pick 10, it would be a breeze but 5 is tough.

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
Gösta Berling's Saga by Selma Lagerlöf
Three Pairs of Silk Stockings by Panteleimon Romanov
Group Portrait With Lady by Heinrich Böll
Bosnian Chronicle by Ivo Andrić

7AHS-Wolfy
Dez 28, 2010, 5:54pm

I guess I can see what stood out for me this year:

The Quiet American by Graham Greeene
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson
One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night by Christopher Brookmyre
Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

8ca_dmv
Dez 30, 2010, 1:39am

Not a lot of "great" reads for me this year but here are five highlights:

The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float by Farley Mowat
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
A Choice to Cherish by Alan Maki
Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour

9tabitha6
Jan 15, 2011, 3:50pm

My favorite 2010 read was Relentless by Dean Koontz. I also read his Odd Thomas and Frankenstein series which I loved.

10BONS
Jan 31, 2011, 5:58pm

#9 tabitha, gotta get Relentless moved up my reading list.

I enjoyed in 2010:

The Help
Worst Case
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Think of a Number
Winter Garden