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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Comparing/Contrasting Best Of 2010 Lists: Book Edition


December 29, 2010
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - TIME's Lev Grossman, Eonline, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King, NY Times' Tony Cenicola
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Our next Best Of is the always intriguing, at least for me, category of Books. What was your favorite book this year? I have a tendency to lag behind in the book department and read books that aren't actually from this year, but I've already made a list of "must reads" after going over each of these lists. How about you? What book(s) couldn't you put down this year? What books were you recommending to friends and family? Let us know. While you're at it, look over these lists, see if they match your own opinions. Compare and Contrast.

TIME’s Lev Grossman's Best of Books 2010 (Fiction):
1. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
2. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
3. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
4. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
5. Lord of Misrule, Jaimy Gordon
6. Wilson, Daniel Clowes
7. Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
8. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu
9. The Passage, Justin Cronin
10. Faithful Place, Tana French

Source: Bookpage.com
Source: Marieclaire.co.uk
TIME’s Lev Grossman's Best of Books 2010 (Nonfiction):
1. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
2. The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
3. Let's Take the Long Way Home, Gail Caldwell
4. The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood, Jane Leavy
5. Brilliant, Jane Brox
6. War, Sebastian Junger
7. Life, Keith Richards
8. Hellhound on His Trail, Hampton Sides
9. Cleopatra, Stacy Schiff
10. You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, Jaron Lanier

Eonline’s Best of Books 2010:
1. Decoded, Jay-Z
2. Just Kids, Patti Smith
3. 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Mythmaking, Paul Levitz
4. Life, Keith Richards
5. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
6. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitors Guide to the Human Race, Jon Stewart
7. Unbearable Lightness, Portia De Rossi
8. Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide Seasons 1-20, Matt Groening
9. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Chelsea Handler
10. The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, J.W. Rinzler
Source: Englishmuse.blogspot.com
Amazon Editor’s Best of Books 2010 (See the link below for the rest of the list):
1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
2. Faithful Place: A Novel, Tana French
3. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes
4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand
5. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
6. Freedom: A Novel, Jonathan Franzen
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larsson
8. To the End of the Land, David Grossman
9. Just Kids, Patti Smith
10. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis

Source: Jasonjackson.com
Amazon Customer’s Best of Books 2010 (See the link below for the rest of the list):
1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest,  Stieg Larsson
2. Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, Geneen Roth
3. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games), Suzanne Collins
4. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10), Charlaine Harris
5. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis
6. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, John Heilemann
7. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga), Stephanie Meyer
8. Freedom: A Novel, Jonathan Franzen
9. Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Source: Goodreads.com
Entertainment Weekly’s Tina Jordan's Best of Books 2010 (Nonfiction):
1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
2. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
3. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee
4. Autobiography of Mark Twain: Vol. 1, Mark Twain
5. Just Kids, Patti Smith
6. Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
7. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach
8. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain, and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
9. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Sarah Glidden
10. The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, Susan Casey

Entertainment Weekly’s Karen Valby's Best of Books 2010 (Fiction):
1. The Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall
2. Room, Emma Donoghue
3. 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, Garry Trudeau
4. The Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer
5. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
6. One Day, David Nicholls
7. Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
8. The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
9. Rich Boy, Sharon Pomerantz
10. The Surrendered, Chang-Rae Lee
Source: inthepanhandle.com
Source: EW.com

Stephen King's Best of Books 2010 (for Entertainment Weekly):
1. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
2. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
3. I’d Know You Anywhere, Laura Lippman
4. Savages, Don Winslow
5. Last Night in Twisted River, John Irving
6. Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
7. Blood’s a Rover, James Ellroy
8. Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
9. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
10. City of Thieves, David Benioff

The New York Times' Tony Cenicola's Best of Books 2010:
1. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
2. The New Yorker Stories, Ann Beattie
3. Room, Emma Donoghue
4. Selected Stories, William Trevor
5. A Visit From The Good Squad, Jennifer Egan
6. Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet, Jennifer Homans
7. Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
8. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee
9. Finishing The Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes, Stephen Sondheim
10. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson

Source: Statesman.com
Source: arts.nationalpost.com
Read More About The Lists:
TIME's Lev Grossman's Best of Books 2010 (Fiction)
TIME's Lev Grossman's Best of Books 2010 (Nonfiction)
Eonline's Best of Books 2010
Amazon Editor's Best of Books 2010
Amazon Customer's Best of Books 2010
Entertainment Weekly's Tina Jordan's Best of Books 2010 (Nonfiction)
Entertainment Weekly's Karen Valby's Best of Books 2010 (Fiction)
Stephen King's Best of Books 2010 (for Entertainment Weekly)
The New York Times' Tony Cenicola's Best of Books 2010


Related Links:
Comparing/Contrasting 2010 Best Of Lists: Music Edition
Comparing/Contrasting 2010 Best Of Lists: Movie Edition
Comparing/Contrasting 2010 Best Of Lists: TV Edition

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