Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of... (My best fiction reads in 2010)

And finally... I have read 37 novels, novellas, or collections of stories written for adult readers in 2010, the bulk of my pleasure reading. The titles were:
The Long Falling
The History of Love
Once on a Moonless Night
The Private Life of Trees
Comedy in a Minor Key
The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life
Maiden Voyage
The Giant's House
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Getting the Picture
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Imperfectionists
Little Monsters
Any Human Face
A Week in December
The Good German
The Debut
Love and Summer
Sarah's Key
Something is Out There
Nothing is Black
The Unnamed
The White Hotel
In the Beginning
The Next Queen of Heaven
The Birds of the Innocent Wood

Looking over this list, I am surprised at the number of really good ones. Of these, my favorite story collection was Something is Out There by Richard Bausch, and, limiting myself to just 10, my favorite longer fiction works were: In the Beginning by Chiam Potok, The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas, The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris, Nothing is Black by Deirdre Madden, Any Human Face and Little Monsters by Charles Lambert, The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken, Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, and The Long Falling by Keith Ridgway.

That brings a stimulating and varied reading year nearly to a close. Wishing you all good reading in 2011.

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