The Best Books of 2010?

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, November 15, 2010
Generally, at this time of year, I start to think about my list of the best books of the year, the best books published in 2010.  I'm not sure if it says something about the publishing industry, or about my reading habits, but I don't have much of a list this year.  Was 2010 a bad year for new books?  To be honest, I'm not sure.

On Friday, I blogged about The Poisoner's Handbook and that is certainly on my list.  But beyond that, it's slim pickings.  I'm inclined to put Hereville, by Barry Deutsch on my list.  It's a good book, perhaps not a best book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  A graphic novel, a gentle coming of age story, YA fiction, Deutsch describes it as the story of "yet another troll fighting 11-year old Orthodox Jewish girl."  And that's about it.  Perhaps I'll add The Professor of Secrets, by William Eamon, but it's too soon to say; it's still sitting on my to-be-read pile.  The Professor of Secrets is a story of "mystery, medicine and alchemy in Renaissance Italy."

As I say, my list of the best books of 2010 is slim, indeed.  So, I ask again, was 2010 a disappointing year for new books?  What books am I simply forgetting?  What titles are on your list?  

On Wednesday, I'll be at the Barnes & Noble in Ithaca NY from 6:30 until 8:00.  If you're in the neighborhood, I hope you'll stop by and say hello.

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