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Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Favorite Books of 2010 by Scott

If there is anything I love more than reading it is a good list.  So, in the attempt to construct the best of all possible worlds here is the list of my favorite books of 2010.  These books were published in 2010 and come from the 218 books I have read (so far) this year.

10.    Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides—A thorough portrayal of James Earl Ray’s steps to that fateful moment in Memphis and the aftermath of one of the darkest days in American history.


9.      Feed by Mira Grant—This was my favorite Zombie read of the year.


8.      I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne—Shocking, mortifying and oh, so fun to read.


7.      Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin—The best and most thorough look behind the scenes of the historic 2008 presidential campaign.


6.      The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley—A 91 year old man suffering from dementia is offered a miracle drug that will cure him.  The only downside is that he won’t live to see 92 if he takes it.  A moving and powerful book.


5.      The Passage by Justin Cronin—The fact that I loved this book when vampires are so pass√© is due to Cronin’s strength of story-telling and fresh take on the genre.

4.      Room by Emma Donoghue—This ground-breaking book is narrated by Jack, a five-year-old boy, who has spend his entire life in one room.  Chilling, memorable and enthralling.

3.      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot—The stunning and true story of racism, oppression and theft in the name of medical progress.  An absolute must-read.


2.      Still Missing by Chevy Stevens—This book is told in a series of therapy sessions from the perspective of a young real estate agent who had been abducted.  Each session brings her closer to healing and finding out the truth of what happened.


1.      The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman—An absolutely brilliant debut.  An English language newspaper that publishes out of Rome is enduring tough times.  Told from the perspective of different employees this book was my favorite of the year.



These are all well worth your time and are available here at the Stillwater Public Library.  For other Best of 2010 lists, go to http://www.fictionawardwinners.com/ which lists both fiction and nonfiction.

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