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My Favourite Reads in 2010

Earlier in the year I revealed my favourite books published in 2010, but what about all the ones older than that?

Narrowing down my favourite reads of the year to just ten books was very hard. I read a lot of wonderful books in 2010, but here are the ones at the very top of my list.

The Prestige – Christopher Priest

The Dark Side of Love – Rafik Schami


The Kindly Ones – Jonathan Littell

Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

When I Was Five I Killed Myself – Howard Buten

The Siege – Helen Dunmore

The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

Are any of these your favourites too?

Thank you for following my blog in 2010 – I wouldn’t be here without you all. Let’s hope we can find many more great reads next year.

I hope that you have a wonderful 2011!

61 replies on “My Favourite Reads in 2010”

Donovan, Thank you for commenting for the first time 🙂

I haven’t seen the movie versions of either. I hope to watch Never Let Me Go at some point, but I’m scared that The Road will ruin the powerful images in my head and lessen the impact of the book. I might get to it one day, but am in no rush.

Happy New Year Jackie. Thanks for entertaining me all year with your thoughtful, insightful comments about books and reading.


I loved The Siege. I also liked Never Let Me Go and The Road, and if memory serves you liked these even more than I did (still trying to figure out our magic formula). Yours is the second “best of” post where I’ve seen Cutting for Stone, so I’m adding that one to my wishlist right now !!

Happy New Year!

Laura, I think you’ll really enjoy Cutting for Stone but as usual I’m unsure as to whether your reading taste will match mine. I think it is the one from my list most likely to appeal to you. I look forward to seeing your thoughts on it 🙂

Wow what a fantastic list. I really loved Cutting for Stone last year – it was definitely a favorite. A few here that you definitely added to my wish list for coming years as well!

“the Road” and “Never Let Me Go.” would be in my top ten f I could be bothered to do one.

Funnily enough I did get a couple of the other books on your list for Christmas so I’m glad their good.

Jessica, Please do a top ten – I’d love to see what you include 🙂

It is nice to know you get books for Christmas – no one will buy me one as they don’t know what to get/think I have too many already 🙁 I hope you enjoy the ones you have.

Cutting for Stone and The Book of Negroes made it into my Top Ten this year and I have The Prestige, The Kindly Ones and The Road still all TBR – so many good books out there! 🙂

Thanks for sharing your list Jackie. I have read two from it – The Siege (which I found fantastic too) and Never Let Me Go which I was disappointed by – but am still eagerly awaiting the movie! Happy reading for 2011!

Karen, I’m looking forward to watching it too. The trailer looks as though it is going to be quite a faithful adaptation. Not long until the DVD release….

I really loved The Road…I read it right when it came out. And I bought The Kindly Ones on Kindle because of your review, and I am hoping to get to it this year (but boy it is long!). This is a great list. I need to bookmark it for my shopping needs next year!

Cutting for Stone was my # 1 book of 2009. I also enjoyed the Road and Never Let Me Go. I’ve jotted down a few of the others you mentioned for the future Jackie. You had a terrific year!

Bibliophile by the Sea, I think you were the person who persuaded me to buy Cutting for Stone in the first place. Thank you for highlighting such a wonderful book 🙂

Iris, Yes. There is a big difference in the books we decide t read, but I think there is more overlap than you think 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you decide to read in 2011.

I have only read The Day of the Triffids (enjoyed it so much that I went on and read all of John Wyndham’s other books that I could find) but I have a lot of the others on the list on my shelves – another reason why I really will have to make 2011 a year of reading from home!
Currently reading (among others) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and finding it absolutely fascinating even though ‘the science bit’ usually has me running for cover. I will be interested to read your review of it.
I hope that you and your family have a Happy New Year and I look forward to reading your blog in 2011!

Liz, I am slowly collecting all the Wyndham novels I can find. I hope to read my second one soon and am sure I’ll get to them all at some point, but I don’t want to rush the experience.

I’m listening to Henrietta Lacks at the moment and am loving it – it might even become the best non-fiction I’ve ever read!

Shannon, It is a wonderful book! I’m quite surprised that I haven’t seen it more frequently in the blogging world. I think it is the sort of book that would be widely loved if given the chance.

Hurray! Cutting for Stone made my list, too. The Dark Side of Love was added to my wish list after your review. It sounds like a book I’d love, but am a little intimidated by it’s length. Happy New Year, Jackie!

JoAnn, The Dark Side of Love is quite an intimidating read. It is very long and the first half is quite slow, but I think it is well worth it in the end. Good luck!!

Never Let Me Go is a favorite of mine too, not only this year but in general. I’ve added the others to my wishlist, I’ll bet I’ll like most of them! Happy New Year Jackie!

joanna, I think Never Let Me Go is one of those books that grows on you over time and I can see it becoming a favourite as more time passes. I hope you have a wonderful 2011!

I really would like to read The dark side of love and Cutting for Stone. They appeared on your favourite list only goes to show they should be good. 😉

I however indifferent to Never Let me Go and The Road. Not sure why, but it’s just the way it is. I went to Bracknell again today on new year’s eve and bought 4 books. Dr. Thorpe – Trollope, Pride and Prejudice, The Constant Gardener (hint, hint) and The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan. 😉

Happy New Year Jackie!!

JoV, You are in for a real treat with The Opposite of Fate – I loved that book! I’m not sure I’m going to take your Constant Gardener hints, but perhaps you’ll wear me down in the coming months 😉

Violet, LOL! Well the fact I still remember every scene in Beatrice and Virgil perhaps suggests it is a fantastic book – just a shame I think of rage not pleasure when I remember them 😉 Have a great 2011!

I am a fan of McCarthy but I couldn’t finish the only Ishiguro book I tried. I have Cutting for Stone on my mp3 player, where it’s been since 2009 . . . unlistened to (I hope to get to it in 2011).

Have a super new year.

Beth, I have heard some Ishiguro books are harder to get into than others. I hope to try another one in 2011 – perhaps you’ll discoer you love one of his books at some point? Either way I hope you have a wonderful 2011!

I’m excited to see The Siege make your list! Several others (The Road, Never Let Me Go, and Cutting for Stone) are on my TBR too. I’m impressed you read so much backlist this year. I’m hoping to use my spare reading time from not being in graduate school to expand my backlist reading and stay up with the award lists. Happy 2011!

Carrie, I have actually been quite poor at reading older books this year so am surprised (but pleased!) by your comment. I hope to have a better mix in 2011, but shiny new books always seem to call louder. Good luck keeping up with the award lists and I hope you have a wonderful 2011 too!

I’ve never read The Prestige but The Glamour, The Separation and The Affirmation are all v. good.

You know how I feel about The Kindly Ones (I wonder what his next book will be)

The Road did nothing for me.

I have Never Let Me Go…haven’t read it

Ah the Day of the Triffids! What a treasure Wyndham is! I really have to start collecting his books. Great list! Happy reading in 2011!

Glad to see The Road on your list. I remember when I picked that book up a few years ago that I thought it was going to be boring, just some guy and his son walking down a road. I gave it a chance because of all the buzz, and it really blew me away.

A nice selection of books Jackie! You’ve reminded me of how much I enjoyed the film version of The Prestige which means I must read the book as you’ve said it’s much better!

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