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    Default Your Favorite Books of 2010

    It's that time again! Let's list our favorite books of the year.

    They don't necessarily have to be books published during 2010, just the best books you read in the last year. Fiction, nonfiction, whatever. Also, tell us why you loved them.

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    This was a pretty good year for literature, I think. I'll be curious to hear what your very favorites were.

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    Okay, here's mine:

    Fiction
    1. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
    2. My Hollywood by Mona Simpson
    3. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
    4. The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald

    Nonfiction
    1. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

    I did not read a lot of nonfiction that I loved this year. I only listed one favorite in that category, because Monster of Florence is really, in hindsight, the only truly memorable nonfiction of my year. I need to read Henrietta Lacks, right?

    This was an awesome year in fiction. There were four books that I loved, loved, loved and felt totally rocked my world. Freedom was mesmerizing, for me. I continued to be amazed at Franzen's mastery of language and character, his ability to take a small idea and blow it up into a galaxy of emotion and nuance. I was awed and engrossed by this book and didn't want it to end. I was expecting to like Freedom. The big surprise of this year for me, I book that I found to be an absolute revelation, was My Hollywood. I was blown away by Simpson's beautiful language, her ability to portray longing, grief and devotion in such spare and honest language. The bond between mothers and children in this story was extremely memorable for me, and this is the book I now find myself telling all my friends that they have to read. I also completely loved Cutting for Stone and The Irresistible Henry House. They both lingered in my imagination long after I'd finished them.

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    I'm still reading and will continue throughout the holidays, so don't want to choose my favorite yet But I want to make sure I remember this thread and see everyone's suggestions are! I haven't read any of those books Rosebud, so thanks for sharing!

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    Ummm, that's why I love these lists. I take everyone else's favorites and put them on my list for next year.

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    Rosebud, we had many of the same favorites this year! I will second all of yours (except for The Monster of Florence, which I haven't read) and add Zeitoun (Dave Eggers -- *based* on a true story, but I don't know if it's exactly nonfiction?), The Cookbook Collector (Allegra Goodman), The Madonnas of Echo Park (Brando Skyhorse), and Outlander (Diana Gabaldon), even if that last one isn't exactly new.

    I'm hoping to read a few more books that I'm really excited about in the next week or so, so I will update if I think anything is worthy.

    ETA: And I think if I had to pick just one favorite from the year, it would be Cutting For Stone. I read it in January, so a long time ago, but my book club just discussed it last week and I was reminded of how much I loved it. Actually, it's not even close for me -- this was kind of my runaway favorite of 2010. Such a good book!
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    cactus, I really liked The Cookbook Collector, too. I almost put it on my list as #5, actually.

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    I love best-of threads! I read a lot of great fiction this year so 8 of my top 10 are fiction. These are also in no particular order. Oh, and Shades of Grey came out Dec 29th, 2009, but I included it anyway.

    Fiction
    Room by Emma Donaghue
    The Passage by Justin Cronin
    The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald
    The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
    Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
    Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
    Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
    The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To D.C. Pierson

    Non-Fiction
    The Big Short by Michael Lewis
    Game Change by Heinemann & Halperin
    Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien

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    Under the Dome - Stephen King
    South of Broad - Pat Conroy
    This is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Trooper
    Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
    Irresistible Henry House - Lisa Grunwald
    American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld

    Still working on Freedom, Jonathan Franzen. I've also been back and forth on The Passage, by Justin Cronin (I've only made it through 1/3 of the book, Part I). I'll wait to see if these make my top 2010 list.
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    Here is my list:

    Nonfiction
    1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
    2. The Glass Castle Jeannette Wells

    Fiction
    Still Alice Lisa Genova
    The Help Kathryn Stockett (I know, I'm a year late)


    Hopefully next year, some 2011 fiction books will make my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lila55 View Post
    Here is my list:

    Nonfiction
    1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot

    Fiction
    Still Alice Lisa Genova
    The Help Kathryn Stockett (I know, I'm a year late)
    The Glass Castle Jeannette Wells

    Hopefully next year, some 2011 fiction books will make my list.
    HeLa will definitely be one of my fav of the year. Read your 3 fiction choices in the past, and I like all of them too, esp Still Alice And The Glass Castle. Wait, The Glass Castle is a non-fiction since it's a memoir btw, the author who wrote Still Alice has a new book coming out in Jan, I'd read one review and it said it's just as good, called Left Neglected I think.

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