My Best Reads of 2010

It’s that time of year again when I reveal what my favorite reads from the year are.  Instead of talking about the books I disliked, I’m just going to focus on those that I really enjoyed out of the more than 100 books I read this year and break them down by category.  You can click on titles for my reviews.

For those of you signing up for the Fearless Poetry Exploration Challenge in 2011, I hope my Best of Poetry 2010 helps you.  I selected three our of the 16 poetry books I read this year:

  1. The Brontes by Pamela Norris
  2. Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa
  3. The Wrong Miracle by Liz Gallagher

For the Best Audiobooks of 2010, I selected two of the 9 I listened to:

  1. 127 Hours:  Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
  2. Ravens by George Dawes Green

For the Best Historical Fiction of 2010, I selected three out of 16:

  1. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  2. Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran
  3. Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner

For the Best of Vietnam War Fiction 2010, out of the 15 I’ve read, I selected three:

  1. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (review coming at 5 p.m.)
  2. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
  3. Paco’s Story by Larry Heinemann

For the Best Young Adult Fiction 2010, I selected three out of the 6 I read:

  1. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  2. Undercover by Beth Kephart
  3. Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

For the Best Nonfiction 2010, I selected 2 out of 6 I read:

  1. A Hundred Feet Over Hell by Jim Hooper
  2. Government Girl by Stacy Parker Aab

For the Best Chicklit of 2010, I selected one out of 4 I read:

  1. Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell

For the Best Reference of 2010, I selected one out of 5 I read:

  1. The Nighttime Novelist by Joseph Bates

For the Best Fiction of 2010, I selected three of the 47 I read:

  1. Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye
  2. Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa
  3. City of Refuge by Tom Piazza

None of these selections are in a particular order, but these are the ones that I enjoyed the most and that have stuck with me throughout the year.