critic’s picks – best books of 2010

Another year, another list of recommended books that’s longer than I’ll ever get to. I just rechecked last year and I have yet to read any of those, though I have purchased Chronic City (for the record I’ve read three from the previous year). As always since I read fiction, I kept the nod to fiction. What have I been reading? Stick around and I’ll let you know the best of my year.

  • The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie – NYT
  • 61 Hours by Lee Child – JM
  • Wilson by Daniel Clowes – LG
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin – LG
  • Memory Wall: Stories by Anthony Doerr – Am
  • Room by Emma Donoghue – NYT, KV
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan – NYT, PW, LG
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen – MK, NYT, Am, PW, LG, MC
  • Faithful Place by Tana French – JM, LG
  • Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon – LG
  • To the End of the Land by David Grossman – Am
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – PW
  • The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee – PW, KV
  • Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes – Am, LG, KV
  • The Lost Book of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason – MK
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell – MK, LG, MC
  • Skippy Dies by Paul Murray – Am, LG, KV
  • The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell – Am
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer – KV
  • One Day by David Nicholls – Am, KV
  • Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz – KV
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman – JM, Am, KV
  • So Much for That by Lionel Shriver – MC
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart – MK, MC
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson – JM, Am
  • Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer – PW
  • Selected Stories by William Trevor – NYT
  • The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall – Am, PW, KV
  • Savages by Don Winslow – JM
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu – LG

MK – Michiko Kakutani for NYT, JM – Janet Maslin for NYT, NYT – New York Times, Am – Amazon Lit, KV – Karen Valby for EW,  PW – Publisher’s Weekly, LG – Lev Grossman for Time, MC – Maureen Corrigan for NPR

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