Best books that I read in 2010

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Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of top 10 lists. But it seems that everyone is releasing one right now so I thought, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Here is a list of the top 10 books that I read in 2010:

The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre
No big surprise here. This book won all kinds of awards including the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
This book won the Pulitzer in 2009 and is a great example of how to write characters.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominque Bauby
One of the most powerful things I’ve ever read. I’ll never forget it.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
An incredibly powerful story centred around a part of France’s history that I wasn’t even aware of (which is exactly the point). The movie version is also worth watching.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. Don’t you love it when that happens? And honestly, the font used on the cover (which may or may not be called Panhandler) is amazing. Not a great reason for picking up a book, but in this particular case, it totally pays off.

Room by Emma Donoguhe
If you haven’t read this yet, what are you waiting for?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Finally read this in 2010. I need to read more classics next year.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I read this for the second time in 2010 and it still makes my list, it’s just that good.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
Tracy Chevalier does historical fiction really well, so even though this isn’t my favourite books of hers, it’s still a good read.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I read this every year at Christmas and I can pretty much guarantee that it will always make my top 10 list.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope your 2011 is full of amazing books, delicious food, exciting travel, and plenty of time to do what you love.

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