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My Favorite Books of 2010


The year has flown by and there have been some unforgettable books along the way.  Fiction and nonfiction, young adult books and picture books, a great wild mix of things.  Here are my favorites, along with links to my reviews.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.  The 2009 winner of the Man Booker prize.  This is a fictionalized biography of Thomas Cromwell,  his rise to prominence in the court of Henry the Eight and my introduction to Hilary Mantel.  I went on to read A Place of Greater Safety, also a favorite for 2010.

The Negro Speaks of the River By Langston Hughes, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis.  A beautifully illustrated poem.

The World More Full Of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema.  A novella that’s a fantasy, more a ghost story, chilling and very evocative.

The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon.  A young adult novel about two brothers during the civil rights struggles in the 1960’s.

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon.  A novel that has the philosopher Aristotle as its central character.  I loved Lyon’s creativity and willingness to take risks with this book.

The City & The City by China Mieville.  A science fiction/ police procedural/mystery/thriller unlike anything I’ve ever read.  I am in awe of China Mieville’s intelligence.

The Thousand Autumns of  Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell.  A beautiful, historical mystery.

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.  A novel that weaves together history, politics and culture.  I think I will reread The Poisonwood Bible in 2011.

Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch.  A book made up of many voices, each clear and distinct.  I think Clinch is a consummate American novelist.

Room by Emma Donoghue.  So many have read this book and been marked by it, there is little I can add.

Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye.  A first novel about family, memory and how we change and grow.  I look forward to more from this author.

The Tiger by John Vaillant.  On the trail of a Siberian tiger that has turned into a killer, Vaillant covers natural history, regional history and introduces the reader to the people that live in the remote area of eastern Russia.

Corrag by Susan Fletcher.  A novel based on the massacre at Glencoe, Scotland that took place in 1692, wonderfully written.

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.  De Waal, having inherited a collection of small Japanese objects decides to uncover their history.

This is an odd, eclectic assortment.  That is how I read and that is what I love.

Happy New Year everyone!

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