It’s that time of the year where the online world is gearing up to release their “best of” 2010 book lists. A few of the chosen books I plan on reading like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson have been featured repeatedly on different lists while others like the lesser-known The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, have also made it on just a few lists so far.
I think my favorite thing about reading these lists is that I think of them as a celebration of reading. When the average American reads less than one book a year, to see so many readers taking the time to share their favorite books is pretty inspiring. Hopefully it’ll get more people to at least pick up a book. At my library many of the books featured on the LA and NY Times’ “best of” lists now have anywhere from ten to fifty holds each.
Looking at so many different lists is causing me to think about my own. Because I don’t often read new books, my yearly list is a mishmash of new and old books that I’ve really enjoyed. This year, instead of posting a list of favorites, I’m going to review every single book that I read and loved this year. I haven’t reviewed enough books this year, so I can’t wait to share with you my favorites.
You may have noticed that pairs of bloggers are getting together and exchanging a list of books for each other to read in 2011. I’m pairing up with Carrie from Books and Movies. Carrie asked me to pick five books that she never heard of or thought about reading while I wanted Carrie to pick five books that she really loved and wished other people would read more. The books I recommended to Carrie:
- Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden.
- Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling.
- We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson. I really think this book should have won the Newbery award the year it was published. It’s a book that I would love to put into the hands of children every where.
- Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.
- The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr.
Carrie recommended that I read:
- Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
- Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
- Children of Men by P.D. James
- Snow in August by Pete Hamill
- The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Have you read any of these books? How’s your “best of 2010” list coming along?