Saturday, January 1, 2011

Favorite Reads of 2010

I ended up reading 140 books this year - 10 shy of my yearly 150 goal. I definitely slowed down in August-October because of work projects, but for the most part felt like this was a good reading year. Below are my favorites of the year (meaning I read them in 2010, not that they were necessarily published in 2010).

Supreme Courtship - Christopher Buckley (satire about a television judge nominated to the Supreme Court)
The Passage - Justin Cronin (post-apocalyptic Vampire novel)
The Help - Kathryn Stockett (life of three women in Mississippi in 1962)
The Geographer's Library - Jon Fasman (an intellectual Dan Brown, steeped in alchemy)
Faithful Place - Tana French (murder mystery set in Dublin amidst a dysfunctional family)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie (memoir masked as juvenile fiction tells the life of a kid trying to get of the reservation)
Stuff - Randy Frost & Gail Steketee (in-depth look at the phenomenon of hoarding)
Committed - Elizaebeth Gilbert (skeptic's look at the institution of marriage)
Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer (vegetarian's manifesto of the origins of eating traditions)
Play Their Hearts Out - George Dohrmann (critique of AAU basketball leagues)

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