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Best Books I Read in 2010

Goal Achieved: 50+ Books Read in 2010! When I was a teenager with hardly any responsibilities, I probably read a couple hundred books each year, but these days--with the three children, writing, slush-reading, and all--it's a major achievement to read fifty-one books in a year, so I'm proud. I may even squeeze in a fifty-second by the end. Or I may rest my eyes a bit.

I won't post the whole list, but here are my favorites (entirely subjective, not in any special order, and not guaranteed to have been published in 2010):

Novels:
The Shadow Year - Jeffrey Ford
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Wind-Up Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
Blackout/All Clear - Connie Willis
Pandemonium - Daryl Gregory
The Passage - Justin Cronin
The City & the City - China Miéville
The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin

Collections:
The Empire of Ice Cream - Jeffrey Ford
Magic for Beginners - Kelly Link
Leviathan Wept and Other Stories - Daniel Abraham
The Poison Eaters - Holly Black

Anthologies:
The Best Horror of the Year - Ellen Datlow, ed.
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy - ed. William Schafer
Clockwork Phoenix - Mike Allen, ed.

Nonfiction:
Gang Leader for a Day - Sudhir Venkatesh
How to Write Funny - John B. Kachuba, ed.
Manuscript Makeover - Elizabeth Lyon
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Storyteller - Kate Wilhelm
Accidental Genius - Mark Levy

Comments

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adamcallaway.blogspot.com
Dec. 20th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
I loved The City & The City. It proved to me the power of mixing genres. I've been meaning to read Leviathan Wept and Magic for Beginners. And congrats on your WotF honorable mention! Way to rep the Dairy state.
spoonless
Dec. 21st, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)

Gang Leader for a Day - Sudhir Venkatesh

Wow, that looks really good! Just added to my amazon wishlist! Thanks for posting.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
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