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What are your 10 favorite books of 2010?

Asked by Earthgirl (11174 points ) January 3rd, 2011

They don’t have to be new books or even serious books, just the ones that you read in the past year that you enjoyed the most.

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gailcalled's avatar

At the top of the list is one that I am just finishing.

Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mandel. Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize (Henry VIII and Ann Bolyen)

The 11 espionage novels of WWII by Alan Furst.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

The Potter’s Book of Clay and GlazesJames Chappell The centerfold is outrageous
The Ceramics Spectrum by Robin Hopper They’re making a movie
Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis by Fishman/Smalln—:)—
Ceramics A Potter’s Handbook—Glenn C. Nelson —Yeah,that’s right… Glenn C Nelson
100 Masterworks from the Detroit Institute of Arts Love it
Bungalow Style by Treena Crochet :)
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Steven Peck
Carving Award Winning Sonbirds by Lori Corbett This one is flying off the shelves.Get your copy soon
Michigan Birdwatching by Bird Watcher’s Digest This one also flew off the shelves ;)
Two books on Sticklwy furniture making plans—Nice coffee table books
....and last but not least Mark Twain’s autobiography.I will be starting this soon.:)

Cruiser's avatar

Blink and Pinheads and Patriots.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
Puritans – A Very Short Introduction
Game Change by Mark Halperin
No One Would Listen by Harry Markopolous
The Cunt Coloring Book by Tee Corinne
Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Depraved and Insulting English by Ammon Shea

Kardamom's avatar

In descending order that I read them:

Alice’s Tulips by Sandra Dallas

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

A Summer House by Nancy Thayer

An Act of Love by Nancy Thayer

Miss Julia Renews her Vows by Ann. B Ross

Lumby’s Bounty by Gail Fraser

Stealing Lumby by Gail Fraser

Miss Julia Delivers the Goods by Ann B. Ross

My favorite authors are Ann B. Ross (the entire Miss Julia series) Gail Fraser (The entire Lumby series) Nancy Thayer (the entire Hot Flash Club series, and I’m starting in on her other books) Rosamunde Pilcher (just started reading her books) Amy Tan (everything) Fannie Flagg (everything) Charles Dickens (everything every written by him) and I’m starting to pull out some of the classics by other authors like Bronte that I never read like Wuthering Heights. I’ve read 2 books by Sandra Dallas including the one on the list and another great book called The Persian Pickle Club.

Earthgirl's avatar

I am getting an interesting cross section of answers. I love it! Keep it coming people!!

Blackberry's avatar

I finally finished the Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby, and I’m pretty much done with The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins.

weeveeship's avatar

1. Starting Out: Sicilian Najdorf (introduction to one of the strongest and most esoteric openings in chess)

2. Golf for Dummies

Seelix's avatar

In no particular order, the best books I read in the last year (not published in 2010, but oh well):
People of the Earth by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello
Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
Under the Dome by Stephen King
After the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
The Girls by Lori Lansens
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

You just wanted the ones we liked, right? I could give you tons more if my enjoyment was not a requirement.

Earthgirl's avatar

Papayalily..yes, only the ones you really liked and enjoyed. If you don’t have 10 then I’ll settle for one. I’m easy! :)

Blueroses's avatar

The first that come to mind:
Quicksilver -Neal Stephenson
The Graveyard Book -Neil Gaiman
Drood -Dan Simmons
Voice of the Fire -Alan Moore
An Interrogative Mood -Padgett Powell

Earthgirl's avatar

I loved The Graveyard Book too! They were supposed to be making a movie of it but the project was put on hold last time I checked. Hope they make it someday. It could be great!

hotgirl67's avatar

The first book that comes to mind is the last book in the Vampire Academy series called Last Sacrifice written my Richelle Mead. This is not a thing like Twilight. For instance the heroine isn’t weak by any means, can defend herself, and knows how to kick vampire butt. You’ve got to check it out .

Earthgirl's avatar

I guess I should have elaborated a bit about The Graveyard Book. The story is about a baby whose entire faimily is killed by an intruder. Somehow he crawls out of his crib and ends up evading the murderer. He wanders into a graveyard close to his house and is adopted by the ghosts who live there. Don’t want to say too much and spoil the discoveries in the book. Loved it though. Discover for yourself!

WhenAllLightDies's avatar

The Pilo Family Circus, and Pilgrims, by Will Elliot (This man is a legend)

The Deed Of Paksenarrion Omnibus Edition, and A Legacy Of Honour Omnibus Edition, by Elizabeth Moon

Illium and Olympos, both by Dan Simmons (My two favourite books so far)

The Stormcaller, The Twlight Herald, The Grave Thief, and The Ragged Man, all by Tom Lloyd

Metro 2033, by Dmitry Glukhovsky

And quite a few more.

@Blueroses , I liked Drood myself but I think that there were times when I was insanely bored by it..

Blueroses's avatar

@WhenAllLightDies I agree Drood could have slimmed down by a hundred or so pages. There was a lot of repetition in the story that I think was an imitation of reading Dickens’ serialized stories. The elements were so intriguing though; the madness, the underground tunnel dwellers, etc., that I forgave the parts that dragged.

WhenAllLightDies's avatar

@Blueroses True, I also enjoyed Mr Collins’ descent into madness. It was done brilliantly. And I find that I am less fond of scarab beetles now… :D

laineybug's avatar

@Earthgirl I also enjoyed The Graveyard Book, and it would make an excellent movie, but I doubt that a movie could really be as good as the book because for some reason movies almost always screw something up from books.

Seelix's avatar

@laineybug – Neil Gaiman tends to be involved in TV/movie projects, though, which really helps. He worked on the screenplays for both Coraline and MirrorMask, and Dave McKean directed MirrorMask as well, which definitely helped give the movie a similar “feel” to the story. I doubt that Neil would let anything terrible happen to his stories – he’s just too awesome to let that happen.

laineybug's avatar

Hmmm… I did not know that. With Neil Gaiman working on the movie then it’ll definitely be good. I would definitely see that movie then.

Blueroses's avatar

There could be an excellent film adaptation of The Graveyard Book if it’s attached to the right director – not Tim Burton. I’m already disappointed that Sandman is a Burton project which means all that creepy sameness that goes along with his films and the obligatory Burtonesque, iconic Depp look.

Seelix's avatar

@Blueroses – I like the idea of Tim Burton working on Sandman, as long as Johnny Depp is not playing Dream. The original Sandman art done by Sam Kieth has a very Burton feel, I think.

Seelix's avatar

@Blueroses – If you read the rest of the article, it says it was an April Fool’s joke.

There has been talk of adapting Sandman for a TV series, and they were, at least for a while, working on an adaptation of Death: The High Cost of Living, though.

Blueroses's avatar

@Seelix Aww, damn! I’m usually better about checking sources before posting. Thanks for catching me out!

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