Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Top Books of 2010!

One of the rewards of writing a book blog is being able to look back and reflect on the books that I've read in the past year.  I started the blog in April so while I don't have a full years worth of reading to look at I have read over 50 books in that time period.  Who knew!  I always knew I was a reader but even I am surprised at the number.  I do read primarily mystery/thrillers but also a number of histories and new for me a small number of what I'd call literary fiction.  So just for the fun of it I have decided to list the 10 books I most enjoyed this year. Not all were first published in 2010 and they are not necessarily all among the best sellers this year but they are the ones I found most satisfying and memorable.  So in alphabetical order my top ten:

  • Black Echo (Crime)- among the best crime fiction novels. Nobody does it better than Michael
  • Citizens of London (History) -  more WWII (a trend?) but the suffering and valour of the Brits and the Americans who were with them is a great read.
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter  (Mystery)- a satisfyingly complete novel – great characters, great sense of place, great story
  • Room  (Contemporary Fiction)- a ripped from the headlines story so imaginatively told, short listed for the Mann-Booker.
  • The Eyre Affair (Fantasy)- great fun in a literary fantasy series
  • The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks (History) - a must read for medical professionals but something for everyone in this story of medicine, ethics, civil rights and family history.
  • The Rembrandt Affair (International spy thriller) - a spy story with the emotional depth, plot twists, realism, suspense and philosophical thought.
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoet - (Historical Fiction) at its best.  Visit 18th century Japan, immerse your self in the culture and enjoy the story.
  • Unbroken (History) - anytime you become impatient in traffic or with long lines at the airport give a thought to what these men went through in the Pacific theater in WWII. An incredible story, elegantly told.
  • Wild Swans (History) - China through the 20th century told through a family story
If you are looking for other book  lists for 2010 try the NYT top 10 booksAmazon's best books of 2010 ,the Library Journal top ten and Publishers Weekly top ten list.  From my list you'll most often find Room, Unbroken and The Immortal Life of HL on those lists.
So what books hit your top ten list?  I have avoided calling any one book my favorite of the year, but do you have one?

1 comment:

D.M. McGowan said...

I don't see "Partner" or "Homesteader" in your list. An oversight, I'm sure.