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
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
Memoir: Let's Take the Long Way Home, Gail Caldwell
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
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?
Fun list! I have "Reapers" checked out now I'd better hurry and read it and get it back!
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.