Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Top Ten Picks: Best Books in 2010

Top Ten Tuesday is a great meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is Top Ten Books in 2010. The ten books I chose really left an impression on me for various reasons.

My picks are:
1. The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw. Touching story, powerful and amazingly beautiful language.

2. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. This book made me crave cake and muffins all the time.:) But apart from this, it depicts touching stories of every-day people coping with issues that have a pinch of Southern magic in them.

3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Unique. It's about a boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard and the story is delivered in a great, compelling way.

4. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni. I love angels and this story really made them shine, or rather it made half angels - the Nephilim - shine. Very little romance, just pure angelic adventure and mythology. I love it.

5. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern. I am a sucker for stories in which the past and the present collide. Ahern tried a new genre and succeeded. Great, suspensul drama.

6. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. I love the setting of the story - Salem - and the idea that one can see the future by reading lace. Very powerful, a gripping read.

7. The Second Glance by Jodi Picoult. My second Picoult experience and it has turned me into this author's fan. Touching personal stories, a provocative subject that is discussed so well. As some say - unputdownable.

8. Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain. One of the best works of historical fiction I have read in recent years. I see butterflies quite differently now.

9. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. Wow. This book has been praised to me so much and it met all of my expectations. Taking place in a mental hospital and told from the perspective of a mentally ill man, it definitely provides for a psychological thrill-ride.

10. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. Many people say that it's not Chevalier's best, but to me this book really speaks. Who would have thought that fossils could pull you in so much? In the end, it is a tale about two strong, remarkable females.


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

You had a lovely reading year!

Here is my Top 10 list: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-ten-books-ive-read-in-2010.html

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

Good list-was it hard to pick only ten? Haha I always have trouble narrowing it down.

Anonymous said...

Nice list - you had a good reading year. I own The Graveyard Book and The Book of Tomorrow but have yet to read them. I'm definitely intrigued! Thanks for sharing your list.

Blodeuedd said...

Have only read 2 books there but yes the Ali Shaw book was amazing :)

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

@Bookworm: Very hard!:) It took me, like, an hour to make this list. I read many good books in 2010, so it was really hard to choose only 10 in the end.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Top 10 Books I Read in 2010

1. The Trophy Bride's Tale by Cyrilla Barr
2. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
3. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
4. Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown by Jason Dawes & Grant Wilson
5. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
6. A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story by Charles Franklin Emery III
7. Citizen Mitten by William Voedisch
8. High on a Mountain by Tommie Lyn
9. Expiation by Greg Messel
10. A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

Julie P said...

Great list, Irena! I am going to be starting The Book Of Tomorrow by Ahern soon. And Picoult is my favorite author....

Sarah Joyce said...

Chevalier is one of my favorite authors! I'm glad she, and Neil Gaiman made it onto your list!

Jen said...

The Girl Who Chased the Moon was SUCH a cute book! Have you read Garden Spells? That was really good too!

Thanks for stopping by this week!

Unknown said...

Wow, this feels like a real literary list. I have only read two of them but I enjoyed both.

Dan said...

Great List, you've given a lot of titles to check out. Cuckoo's Nest is one of those books I've managed to miss somehow; the movie was one of my all time favorites growing, and always meant to read the book but never did.
This is my list

P. Atkins said...

You have posted a very interesting article. Keep it up!

Good Books To Read.