Yet Another End of the Year List

It seems like everyone from the New York Times to NPR is coming out with Best Books of the Year lists right now. As "best" is subjective,  I instead offer you some of my favorites in various categories. Most of these are 2010 books, but are some are older books that I first read or listened to this year.

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (no zombies): The Passage, Justin Cronin

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (with zombies): The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell, Feed, Mira Grant

Memoir about an animal I'd never really thought about: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Graphic novel (comic compilation): Batwoman: Elegy, Greg Rucka

Graphic novel: The Night Bookmobile, Audrey Niffenegger

Graphic memoir: Smile, Raina Telgemeier

Book that continued a series that doesn't start with The Girl Who: The Lion, Nelson DeMille

Book that made me want to set sail to the Caribbean: The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating,and the Island Life, Ann Vanderhoof

Teen novel: By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead, Julie Anne Peters

Children's novel: Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper

Picture book: Shark vs. Train, Chris Barton

Author event: John Green & David Levithan--if you think teens don't read, I can only wish you'd seen this standing room only crowd for these authors promoting their collaborative novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Interesting looks at medicine: Complications, Atul Gawande, The White House Doctor, Connie Mariano

Memoir: Let's Take the Long Way Home, Gail Caldwell

Cookbooks: Perfect One Dish Dinners, Pam Anderson, The Pleasures of Cooking for One, Judith Jones

Poetry: Swan, Mary Oliver

Nonfiction that had me spouting random facts to anyone who would listen: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach

Book that made me appreciate pigeons, Birdology, Sy Montgomery

Audio (nonfiction): Losing Mum and Pup, Christopher Buckley

Audio (fiction): War Dances, Sherman Alexie

Cookbook that doesn't actually involve cooking: The Big Book of Juices, Natalie Savona

Memoir with food: Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, Kim Severson

Book I'm not quite finished with yet, but is impressive so far: The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee

Book about the polar regions (nonfiction): Polar Obsession, Paul Nicklen

Books by Colorado authors: Orange, Mint and Honey, Carleen Brice, Wild Indigo, Sandi Ault

Book that made me claustrophobic: Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth, James Tabor

Vacation read: The Charm School, Nelson Demille

Here's to a great year of books and another one to come! What were your favorite reads of 2010?

Written by Becker on December 14, 2010


DawninDenver on December 15, 2010


Fun list! I have "Reapers" checked out now I'd better hurry and read it and get it back!


Thanks! Once you start Reapers, you probably won't have trouble finishing it quickly!

Shanti on December 15, 2010


LOVED The Passage, and I normally do not pick up books like it. I can't wait until the next installment comes out :)


Yes, it will be hard waiting for the next one! If you liked journey & the strong girl character of The Passage, try out The Reapers are the Angels, you may be surprised.

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