Books of 2010… Your Thoughts

It’s getting to that time of year when you start seeing ‘The Books of The Year’ in all the broadsheets, which I always find quite interesting as invariably I have missed out on these choice reads!

Its also the time of year when I start to think which books will make it into my end of year lists and the question always arises ‘have I missed any?’ So I thought I would ask you for some of your favourites from 2010, be they published this year or ones of old (or the last few years/decade) that you have only discovered this year!

Which books might I have missed that you’ve loved this year and I should try and get reading before the end of December? (You might also save some books from getting culled… The cull is almost done, more on that later in the week!)


Filed under Book Thoughts, Books of 2010

13 responses to “Books of 2010… Your Thoughts

  1. As soon as anyone asks me what my favorite books are my mind does a complete blank so I’m useless with questions like these.

    I just wanted to say thanks for mentioned the first tuesday bookclub on your blog a short while back, I have been catching up on all the previous programmes and have added loads to my TBR list 🙂

  2. I haven’t gone through my reviews yet to find all of my favorites, but I did love Let the Great World Spin, Affinity and Fingersmith, and Middlesex. Stay tuned! I will have the official list soon!

  3. I’ve now read “books of the year” lists from both the Telegraph and The Observer. When I read these lists there are usually plenty of titles that catch my interest, but not this year. Here’s hoping your readers can highlight some undiscovered gems. Some cheerful and uplifting reading would be particularly welcome.

  4. Deb

    The best book I’ve read so far this year was the very first book I finished this year–on January 2, 2010, I finished Don Chaon’s AWAIT YOUR REPLY, a fantastic book about identity (and so much more) in the internet-age with a twist that I absolutely never saw coming. When I closed the book, I said to myself, “I’ll be surprised if I read a better book this year,” and so far, with just a few weeks left to go, I was right.

  5. I love seeing people’s lists as well, though I have no idea what mine will be yet. I’ll have to look back at my reading spreadsheet and try to decide 🙂

  6. Anne Cater

    I dont think any book will beat Emma Donoghue’s ROOM for me. Stunning!

  7. I absolutely loved David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was surprisingly not shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, as well as Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, which was surprisingly not deemed worthy of a slot for this year’s National Book Award for Fiction. Just goes to show this award-giving bodies tend to be more (in)famous for their omissions than their nominations.

  8. My favourite read for this year (so far!) would have to be Great House by Nicole Krauss – just wonderful!

  9. One of my favorites from the year is an oldie, but goodie: The Wind In The Willows” by Kenneth Graham. Also, it’s short enough that you just might find time to get in in before December. Such a charming story!

    Also, I’m not sure if you know but I’ve moved my blog to And, may I say how very much I’m enjoying The Penpals of Prose? What a delight to receive letters (real, handwritten, personal letters) in the mail! Thanks for putting it all together.

  10. Bet

    Well, there’s still December in which to read, but here is my list so far (fiction and non-fiction mixed, and not all published this year):
    -Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
    -The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
    -In a Summer Season by Elizabeth Taylor
    -Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
    -Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton
    -Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
    -Amazing Grace by Kathleen Norris
    -The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
    -The Great Western Beach by Emma Smith
    -South Riding by Winifred Holtby

    It was very hard to only pick 10, which means it was an excellent reading year!

  11. wigsonthegreen

    My best comic read of the year is without doubt ‘Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London zoo’ – it seems to have been largely overlooked by the blogs, sadly.
    Other favourites include ‘The hand that first held mine’, ‘Ghost light’, ‘Jezebel’ and ‘The help’. Not forgetting Seamus Heaney#s latest poetry anthology ‘Human chain’, very mellow, very poignant.

  12. I’ll offer you two “best” books of 2010. A re-read of “Ripening Seed” by Colette confirmed to me, as if I needed it, her position as one of the truly great C20 writers. Another writer I also knew and loved for my second offering, but a book that was new to me in 2010, was Calvino’s “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller”.

  13. I think that my top three books of 2010, in no particular order are:
    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

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