FAVORITES for 2010

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Favorite Reads (so far)  in 2010

Our Top Picks are based on the books that we read in a given year. Our selections are not limited to those that we reviewed or those published in 2010. This makes the list broader than the few books we were able to review this year and also keeps within our philosphy that a good book never goes out of style. The MostlyFiction  team always likes to review the new books as they come out — it is exciting to see what our favorite authors are up to — and to discover new ones– but we never want to pass up a good read, no matter when it was written!

(Note: Go here to see ALL the books we reviewed in 2010.)

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POORNIMA APTE

  1. EVERYTHING LOVELY, EFFORTLESS, SAFE By Jenny Hollowell
  2. NOTHING TO ENVY: ORDINARY LIVES IN NORTH KOREA by Barbara Demick
  3. FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen
  4. THE POISONER’S HANDBOOK: MURDER AND THE BIRTH OF FORENSIC MEDICINE IN JAZZ AGE NEW YORK by Deborah Blum
  5. SKIPPY DIES by Paul Murray
  6. BOYS AND GIRLS LIKE YOU AND ME: STORIES by Aryn Kyle
  7. DOWNTOWN OWL by Chuck Klosterman
  8. A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY by Lauren Grodstein
  9. THE BRIDGE: THE LIFE AND RISE OF BARACK OBAMA by David Remnick
  10. IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS by Thomas Kennedy
  11. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET by David Mitchell
  12. THE SURRENDERED by Chang-Rae Lee
  13. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart

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GUY SAVAGE

  1. EVENING’S EMPIRE by Bill Flanagan
  2. THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY by Philip Hensher
  3. A KIND OF INTIMACY by Jenn Ashworth
  4. THE ALTERNATIVE HERO by Tim Thornton
  5. A NOVEL BOOKSTORE by Laurence Cossé
  6. MEMORY by Donald E. Westlake

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ELEANOR BUKOWSKY

  1. I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE by Laura Lippman
  2. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot
  3. THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB by Alexander McCall Smith
  4. THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR by Daniel Silva
  5. 61 HOURS by Lee Child
  6. I’LL MATURE WHEN I’M DEAD by Dave Barry
  7. BROKEN by Karin Fossum
  8. THE CRIMSON ROOMS by Katherine McMahon
  9. THE REVERSAL by Michael Connelly

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BONNIE BRODY

  1. LEGEND OF A SUICIDE by David Vann
  2. HOW TO PAINT A DEAD MAN by Sarah Hall
  3. THE NOBODIES ALBUM by Carolyn Parkhurst
  4. DAY FOR NIGHT by Frederick Reiken
  5. SUMMERTIME by  J.M. Coetzee
  6. FAITHFUL PLACE by Tana French
  7. THIRTEEN HOURS by Deon Meyer
  8. WOODCUTTERS by Thomas Bernhard
  9. THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK by Chimamanda Adichie
  10. DANIEL by Henning Mankell
  11. MAN IN THE WOODS by Scott Spencer
  12. SOMETHING IS OUT THERE by Richard Bausch
  13. THE THEORY OF LIGHT AND MATTER by Andrew Porter
  14. THE LAKE SHORE LIMITED by Sue Miller
  15. LOST by Alice Lichtenstein

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KIRSTIN MERRIHEW

  1. THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN’S BAG by Alan Bradley
  2. YELLOW BLUE TIBIA by Adam Roberts
  3. MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson
  4. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS by Tom Rachman
  5. THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly
  6. THE WINDUP GIRL by Paolo Bacigalupi

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DOUG BRUNS

  1. INFINITE JEST by David Foster Wallace
  2. THE INTERROGATIVE MOOD by Powell Padgett
  3. THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE by Josephine Hart
  4. OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout
  5. WHAT BECOMES by A.L. Kennedy
  6. THE INFINITIES by John Banville
  7. THE LAST STATION by Jay Parini

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BETSEY VAN HORN

  1. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET by David Mitchell
  2. FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen
  3. THE SURRENDERED by Chang-Rae Lee
  4. IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS by Thomas Kennedy
  5. DAY FOR NIGHT by Frederick Reiken
  6. MYSTERY RIDE by Robert Boswell
  7. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart
  8. LEGEND OF A SUICIDE by David Vann
  9. OUR TRAGIC UNIVERSE by Scarlett Thomas
  10. POPCO by Scarlett Thomas
  11. HOW TO PAINT A DEAD MAN by Sarah Hall
  12. THE INVISIBLE MOUNTAIN by Carolina de Robertis
  13. LATE NIGHTS ON AIR by Elizabeth Hay

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JILL I. SHTULMAN

  1. BRODECK by Phillippe Claudel
  2. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET by David Mitchell
  3. DAY FOR NIGHT by Frederick Reiken
  4. IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS by Thomas E. Kennedy
  5. UNDER FISHBONE CLOUDS by Sam Meekings
  6. HOW TO READ THE AIR by Dinaw Megnastu
  7. LEGENDS OF A SUICIDE by David Vann
  8. ROOM by Emma Donoghue
  9. HOW TO PAINT A DEAD MAN by Sarah Hall
  10. SUMMERTIME by J.M Coetzee

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ROGER BRUNYATE

  1. AWAY by Jane Urquhart
  2. BRODECK by Phillippe Claudel
  3. AFTERLANDS by Steven Heighton
  4. RANSOM by David Malouf
  5. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET by David Mitchell
  6. IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS by Thomas Kennedy
  7. WHAT I LOVED by Siri Hustvedt
  8. SUMMERTIME by  J.M. Coetzee
  9. INVISIBLE by Paul Auster
  10. PARROT & OLIVER IN AMERICA by Peter Carey

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TEREZ ROSE

  1. SACRED HEARTS by Sarah Dunant
  2. UNFINISHED DESIRES by Gail Godwin
  3. THE HELP by Katherine Stocket
  4. THE LAST REPORT ON THE MIRACLES OF LITTLE NO HORSE by Louise Erdrich
  5. ABIDE BY ME by Elizabeth Strout
  6. THE PULL OF THE MOON by Elizabeth Berg
  7. SUGAR CAGE by Connie May Fowler
  8. THE PROBLEM WITH MURMUR LEE by Connie May Fowler

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DEVON SHEPHERD

  1. THE INFINITIES by John Banville
  2. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN by Colum McCann
  3. ALL THE NAMES by Jose Saramago
  4. DEATH AT INTERVALS by Jose Saramago
  5. RANSOM by David Malouf
  6. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles
  7. THE COLLECTED STORIES  by Lorrie Moore

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LYNN HARNETT

  1. PARROT & OLIVER IN AMERICA by Peter Carey
  2. COUNTRY DRIVING: A JOURNEY THROUGH CHINA FROM FARM TO FACTORY by Peter Hessler
  3. FREE FALL by Rae Francoeur
  4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST by Stieg Larsson
  5. ROOM by Emma Donoghue
  6. THE THREE WEISSMANNS OF WESTPORT by Cathleen Schine
  7. FAMILY ALBUM by Penelope Lively
  8. AT HOME by Bill Bryson
  9. TRAVELS IN SIBERIA by Ian Frazier
  10. THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR by Allegra Goodman
  11. MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson
  12. THE WHALE: IN SEARCH OF THE GIANTS OF THE SEA by Philip Hoare
  13. INSECTOPEDIA by Hugh Raffles
  14. THERE BE DRAGONS by Dennis McCarthy

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MAGGIE HILL

  1. BY NIGHTFALL by Michael Cunningham
  2. SOURLAND by Joyce Carol Oates
  3. BRAVE GIRL EATING by Harriet Brown
  4. UNDER A CRUEL STAR by Heda Margolius Kovaly
  5. WINGSHOOTERS by Nina Revoyr
  6. FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen
  7. THE VINTAGE BOOK OF AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS edited by Elaine Showalter
  8. THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeanette Walls
  9. LOWLIFE by Luc Sante
  10. THE COLLECTED STORIES OF LYDIA DAVIS by Lydia Davis

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DEBBIE LEE WESSELMANN

  1. THE DREAM OF PERPETUAL MOTION by Dexter Palmer
  2. SMALL KINGDOMS by Anastasia Hobbet
  3. GENEROSITY by Richard Powers
  4. THE SURRENDERED by Chang-Rae Lee
  5. THE GIRL WITH THE GLASS FEET by Ali Shaw
  6. THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE by Aimee Bender
  7. SNOW by Orhan Pamuk

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ANN WILKES

  1. THE EVOLUTIONARY VOID by Peter F. Hamilton
  2. WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. WWW:WATCH by Robert J. Sawyer
  4. SOULLESS by Gail Carringer
  5. MOZART’S BLOOD by Louise Marley
  6. SHADES OF GREY by Jasper Fforde
  7. UNSEEN ACADEMICALS by Terry Pratchett
  8. DAWN OF THE DREADFULS by Steve Hockensmith
  9. ARE YOU THERE? AND OTHER STORIES by by Jack Skillingstead
  10. ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER by Seth Grahame-Smith

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CHUCK BARKSDALE

  1. IRON LAKE by William Kent Krueger
  2. THE WATCHMAN by Robert Crais
  3. A BLIND EYE by G.M. Ford
  4. CAUGHT by Harlan Coben

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JUDI CLARK, EDITOR

  1. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET by David Mitchell
  2. BLACK HILLS by Dan Simmons
  3. UNDER FISHBONE CLOUDS by Sam Meekings
  4. CROSSERS by Philip Caputo
  5. UNION ATLANTIC by Adam Haslett
  6. THE UNNAMED by Joshua Ferris
  7. OUR TRAGIC UNIVERSE by Scarlett Thomas
  8. THE LEGACY by Kirstin Tranter
  9. THE BOY WHO COULDN’T SLEEP AND NEVER HAD TO by DC Pierson
  10. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST by Stieg Larsson
  11. THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin
  12. THE WINDUP GIRL by Paolo Bacigalupi

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