BookSnob’s Best Reads 2010–Or Your Money Back Guaranteed
You’ve seen everyone’s list of the top 5 fiction, top 100 books, this and that. Even your local bookstore is likely getting in on the action telling you what to buy or read.
It’s been an amazing year for great books.
So I’ll keep this short and sweet.
If your holidays are busy and you’re hoppin’ to find a great book for a great reader–keep this handy on your iPhone. But better yet, if *you* are really the BookSnob, here are five that should not have escaped you in 2010:
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
* You don’t need to trust me; you can look at every major publication telling you to read this book. They’re right.
The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer
* I’ll take this as one of my sleeper finds; Orringer’s first novel is delicious.
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
*Gave me faith again in the Booker. Fascinating and rich.
A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
* Weeks later, this writing is still sticking with me. Egan has wowed reviewers.
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
*Technically 2009, but hands down one of the best, if not the best book from last year. Superb.
If you don’t love them, your money back, guaranteed : )
But here’s a list NO ONE does.
These are the five books NOT TO READ.
Because friends don’t let friends read bad crap. Time is precious.
Your book club, at some point, will try to talk you into these.
Resist, people. I’m serious.
1. Little Bee, by Chris Cleave
* I’m most serious about this. The first 100 pages will enthrall you and then you will fall off a cliff.
2. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
* Great premise, insanely trite characters. Potential unrealized.
3. Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin
4. La Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
* Barbara, where did your good writing go?
5. Anything with “A Girl” in the Title
* Do we really need to endure these all going to paperback next year and living on another year? Sheez.
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And happy holidays BookSnobs!