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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 11:34 am
Top 10 of 2010
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

I’ll play, too…although I’m glad I waited until the very end of the year, so I could add the book I just finished last week!

Here are the best books that I read this year.  Most of them are probably not really good discussion books, (I like to read purely for entertainment.  Not to say that an entertaining book isn’t discussable, but… you know what I mean.) but I’ve starred those titles that might make good reading group choices.  You never know!

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King.  I really think that King shines when he scratches the surface of everyday, seemingly normal people to find the horror underneath.  The 4 novellas in this collection are prime examples of that – especially the last story, “A Good Marriage” – what would you do if you discovered your spouse was a serial killer?

The Heights by Peter Hedges.  Modern domestic fiction featuring a family living in Brooklyn Heights and how their lives fall apart when a new, wealthy neighbor appears on the scene.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.  This one got a lot of hype at the conferences, and then I was really surprised to not hear much in the rest of the book world about it.  A young woman  is kidnapped and spends a year as a prisoner of a psychopath in a remote cabin.  How she escapes and how she rebuilds her life afterward makes for nail-biting reading. Whoosh!  A roller-coaster ride of a story.

*The One that I Want by Allison Winn Scotch.  (Click the link for my Book Group Buzz post)

*The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Definitely the best nonfiction I’ve read all year.  While the story of Lacks and her family is riveting enough, Skloot’s writing manages to make even scientific research fascinating.

A Vintage Affair by Isabelle Wolff.  Wolff’s charming and layered romance has totally renewed my faith in women’s fiction (British women’s fic to be specific!).

*Looking for a Love Story by Louise Shaffer. (Click the link for my Book Group Buzz post)

*Room by Emma Donoghue.  I was really unsure about this one at first – the subject matter seemed really creepy and the young narrator was hard to get into, at first, but Donoghue’s talent overcame those issues to deliver the book that haunted me the most this year.

*Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman (Click the link for my Book Group Buzz post)

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.  Morton does a great gothic tale, and this might be her best yet.  Edie is drawn to the castle where her mother lived as a child evacuee during WWII, and skeletons in the closet await.  Creepy, atmospheric, and filled to the brim with characters,  this tale jumps from past to present with ease.
One Response to “Top 10 of 2010”
  1. Kaite Stover Says:

    If Kate Morton doesn’t break really big in the coming year, I will wonder why. She’s the author I’ve had more people I know and don’t know tell me I have to read. She’s also the writer many of the readers I know have felt like they’ve “discovered”. That’s a sign that an author is hitting the big time.


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