Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Top 10 Books of 2010

End of the year is always a good time to look back and review some of the highlights the year offered up.  Reading and listening to books is one of those highlights for me and short of boring you to death with all my faves, I thought I would share my Top 10.  All of them are fiction, since it is my genre of choice along with short stories.  It was hard to narrow it down to just 10 but I'm going to try.  Here they are!

1.  Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Munro is my most favorite female author with a new collection of short stories on women's relationships and all their trauma written in her usual elegant prose.
2.  Selected Stories by William Trevor
Trevor is my most favorite male author with his new collection of gorgeous writing, with unforgettable dialogue and characters.

3.  We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Dark and humorous at the same time, this book explores the feelings on motherhood, career, family and our messed up American culture.

4.  Water for Elephants by Sara Guen
An adventure mystery love story in an historical circus backdrop.

5.  The Room by Emma Donoghue
A captivating narration by a 5-year old which is haunting and riveting.

6.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Weaves in the practice of medicine and two brothers' life long saga amidst the backdrop of political turmoil in Ethiopia.

7.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The best created fiction heroine of all time.  This trilogy weaves the complexity of good and evil.

8.  So Much For That by Lionel Shriver
Explores the worth of human life, emotionally and financially, while weaving in stories of our tired health care system.
9.  Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Sad yet thought provoking story of how one young woman rises above her Nigerian background.

10.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A personal and political historical account of Jackson, Miss. in the early 1960's with all the hypocrosies and ironies of that era.

 There were so many other good books that my list could go on.  What were some of your faves this past year?  What are some you would like to read in the upcoming year?

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