Thursday, January 06, 2011

Top Ten Books I Read in 2010

Finally, the moment you've all been waiting for.....(drum roll) list of Top Ten Books I Read in 2010!

I had a hard time making this list - I read so many good books this year.  Keep in mind these are books I read in 2010, not necessarily released in 2010 (in fact, almost none were because I rarely read new hardcover releases in adult books).

So, without further ado, here are my top picks, in no particular order:
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Girl Who Played with Fire/Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • The Soloist by Steve Lopez
  • The Abstinence Teacher by To Perrotta
  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This list includes lots of very well-reviewed books from years' past that I finally got to this year, and one I had read before - I think To Kill a Mockingbird would be on my Top Ten list every year, no matter how many times I'd read it before.  I cheated a bit by including Stieg Larsson's entire series as one item, but I enjoyed the whole series, one after the other, so that seemed appropriate.  Interestingly, nine are fiction, with only one memoir on the list - unusual because I typically read a lot more memoirs.

Here is BookPage's readers' choice of top 20 books of 2010 (not much overlap, since these were all released in 2010).  If you're interested, check out my Top Ten Kids/Teen Books I Read in 2010 at Great Books for Kids and Teens.

What were your favorite books read in 2010?


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird and Mudbound are two of my all time favorites--Bel Canto has been on my tbr pile for several years. For some reason I am afraid to start it...

  2. I loved Mudbound, Still Alice, To Kill a Mockingbird and Memoirs of Geisha, too. Great list!

  3. Great list! I really enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

  4. Shockingly, I haven't actually read any of those books, although The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is certainly one that appeals to me (I really should get around to that!).