Thursday, December 16, 2010

Best Books of 2010

As is my typical end-of-year tradition, I've created a list of the best books I read in 2010. Generally, these are the ones that received 3 stars and above.

1.  The Crying Tree, Naseem Rakha
3. The Favorites, Mary Yukari Waters
5. Windfalls, Jean Hegland
6. The Day the Falls Stood Still, Cathy Marie Buchanan
7. A Disobedient Girl, Ru Freeman
8. Before Women Had Wings, Connie May Fowler
9. The Color of Lightning, Paulette Jiles
10. The Millennium Trilogy (Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Played with Fire, Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), Stieg Larsson
11. In the Convent of Little Flowers, Indu Sundaresan
12. Vancouver, David Cruise and Alison Griffiths
13. Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
14. When You Least Expect It, Whitney Gaskell
15. Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda
16. Push, Sapphire
17. Midori by Moonlight, Wendy Tokunaga
18. The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler
19. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
20. Queen of Dreams, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
21. Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia
22. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
23. Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin
24. The More You Ignore Me, Jo Brand
25. Small Wars, Sadie Jones
26. Broken Glass Park, Alina Bronsky
27. Supermarket, Satoshi Azuchi
28. The Palace Tiger, Barbara Cleverly

1. This Lovely Life, Vicki Forman
2. Bad Mother, Ayelet Waldman
3. Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi
4. Stitches, David Small
5. Dating Jesus, Susan Campbell
6. Living Oprah, Robyn Okrant
7. Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story, Monica Holloway
8. Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle
10. Pink Brain, Blue Brain, Lise Elliot
11. Siesta Lane, Amy Minato
13. Menu for the Future, Northwest Earth Institute
14. The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore
15. In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
16. Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven, Ute Ranke-Heinemann
17. Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriguez
20. Rethinking Thin, Gina Kolata

And here are the recommendations from the rest of the family:

Mike’s Mentionables of 2010
1. Duma Key, Stephen King. My first experience with the master of horror.
2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. Best young adult novel.
3. Without Fail, Lee Child. Best thriller.
4. Jesus Freak, Sara Miles. Best religious book.
5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery. Best book about French snobs.
6. Dune, Frank Herbert. Read it to see how to create a world.
7. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card. Dystopian before dystopian became ‘in.’
8. Love, Aubrey, Suzanne LaFleur. Most touching children’s book I read this year.
9. I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President, Josh Lieb.
Most hilarious children’s book I read this year.

Kieran enjoyed the Boys Against the Girls series, the Lemony Snicket series, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and the A to Z Mysteries. Nicholas loves Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and Christmas books, among many others. Chris’ favorites were Cricket Man; Point Blank; #6, #7, and #8 of the 39 Clues series; Eat My Globe; and George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom.


  1. Wow! That is quite a list. No shortage of good stuff in your reading life! Guernsey and The Help were on my list last year, and of course I ADORE anything Connie May Fowler writes. And that Larsson series...I listened to all of them on audio, and it was about as much fun as one girl should have.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Sandy. I hope to read more of Connie May Fowler this year. :)