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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Our Favorite Reads of 2010

2010 may have slipped away into the past but the books we booksellers read and loved are still with us.  Some of us read nothing but non-fiction, some of us kept mostly to the young adult fiction, while others jumped all over the genre map.

We thought it'd be fun, like last year  to highlight a few of our favorite reads from 2010.  So, in no particular order...

  • Soulless, Gail Carriger
  • The Chaos Walking Trilogy, Patrick Ness
  • Sabriel, Garth Nix
  • Leverage, Joshua Cohen
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  • Darkangel, Meridith Ann Pierce
  • When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
  • Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve
  • Dewey's Nine Lives, Vicki Morgan
  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Viera Rigler
Adam B:
  • Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Went Wild, Lee Sandlin
  • Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  • Perfume, Patrick Suskind
  • Collected Stories, Roald Dahl

  • The Shallows, Nicholas Carr
  • Feed, M.T. Anderson
  • Gregor the Overlander Series, Suzanne Collins
  • Master Switch, Tim Wu
  • World in Six Songs, Daniel Levintin

  • The Passage, Justin Cronin
  • The Stand, Stephen King
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins
  • Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
  • Sweet Death, Claude Tardat
  • In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  • The Signal, Ron Carlson
  • Crooked Letter Crooked Letter, Tom Franklin
  • C, Tom McCarthy
  • Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell
  • Woe to Live On, Daniel Woodrell
  • The Homecoming, Harold Pinter
  • Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
  • Prayer for the Dying, Stewart O'Nan
  • Cosmos, Witold Gombrowicz
  • Go With Me, Castle Freeman Jr.
  • Molotov's Magic Lantern, Rachel Polonsky
  • The Possessed, Elif Batuman
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson
  • Old Filth, Jane Gardam
  • Complete Works of Isaac Babel, Isaac Babel
  • USA Trilogy (42nd Parallel, 1919, Big Money), John Dos Passos
  • Ghosts of Cannae, Robert L. O'Connell
  • Thunder At Twilight, Frederic Morton
  • Chasing Icarus, Gavin Mortimer
  • Book of Air and Shadows, Michael Gruber
Adam W.
  • The Saga of Gosta Berling, Selma Lagerlof
  • Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell
  • Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark
  • Way of the Ascetics, Tito Colliander
  • Dog of the South, Charles Portis
  • Ladies of Grace Adieu, Susanna Clarke
  • A Dance in the Sun, Dan Jacobson
  • Lost Books of the Odyssey, Zachary Mason
  • The Night Country, Stewart O'Nan
  • Last of the Templars, William Watson
  • Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
  • Countdown, Deborah Wiles
  • Jenniemae and James, Brooke Newman
  • Hellhound on His Trail, Hampton Sides
  • Kings of the Earth, Jon Clinch
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yoko Ogawa
  • One Amazing Thing, Chitra Divakaruni
  • The Last Talk with Lola Faye, Thomas H. Cook
  • Adios Nirvana, Conrad Wesselhoeft
  • The Interrogation of Gabriel James, Charlie Price
  • Where She Went, Gayle Forman
  • Fire, Kristen Cashore
  • Gregor the Overlander Series, Suzanne Collins
  • The Rise and Fall of Mt. Majestic Jennifer Trafton
  • The Ten Best Days of My Life, Adena Halpern
  • Rules of the Road, Joan Bauer
  • Saving Francesca, Melina Marchetta
  • The Sixty-Eight Rooms, Marianne Malone
  • The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
  • The Secret Lives of Princesses, Philip Lechermeier
  • The Armies, Evelio Rosero
  •  The Burning Plain and Other Stories, Juan Rulfo
  • C, Tom McCarthy
  • The Fall of Kelvin Walker, Alasdair Gray
  • Gasoline, Quim Monzo
  • The Goalies Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Peter Handke
  • Lanark: A Life in Four Books, Alasdair Gray
  • Last Evenings on Earth, Roberto Bolano
  • Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
  • Television, Jean Philippe Toussaint
  • Elegies for the Brokenhearted, Christie Hodgen
  • Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
  • The Hand that First Held Mine, Maggie O'Farrell
  • Goats, Mark Jude Poirer
  • English Major, Jim Harrison
  • World Beneath,  Cate Kennedy
  • Were You Born on the Wrong Continent, Tom Geoghegan
  • Death of Adam, Marilynne Robinson
  • Fly Swatter, Nicholas Dawidoff
  • Across the Wide Missouri, Bernard DeVoto
  • Ill Fares the Land, Tony Judt

    Mike (who has to show us all up by including subject headings, Thanks Mike.)

    For the Non-Fiction Type
    •   You Are Not a Gadget , Jaron
    • The Shallows, Nicholas Carr
    For the Science Fiction Catergory
    • How to Live in a Science Fiction Universe, Charles Yu
    What's Up with the United Kingdom? Awesomeness!
    • The Canal, Lee Rourke
    • Remainder, Tom McCarthy
    • Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
    • Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell 
    Spin Offs from the Classical World
    • Ransom, David Malouf
    • Lost Books of the Odyessy, Zachary Marsh 
    A Graphic Novel for All Time 
    • Set to Sea, Drew Weing