Not all of these books were published in 2010; what they have in common is that I *read* them in 2010. Well, they have other traits in common, perhaps most notably that they’re all fiction this year. These are not necessarily the universal, objective bests; these are the books that most sunk into me, became a part of me.
Best reads, 2010 (in some order)
Wounded: A Love Story by Claudia Mair Burney (2008)
I read this one in February, and it definitely settled into me. I’ve compared countless books to it, held it up as a shining example. I fell in love. This is what Christian fiction should be.
A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz (2009)
One of my first forays into science fiction, and I loved it. A brilliant book, and I’ve been pushing it on people left and right.
Lucky Baby by Meredith Efken (2010)
I laughed, I cried. A beautiful, touching book.
City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell (2010)
I think I loved everything about this book. I love the China setting, the dual perspectives, the characters, the language. Not the fastest-moving book on the list, certainly, but gorgeous. Wonderfully evocative.
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart (2010)
The setting shines in this book, mostly about a girl’s internal life. It revealed an aspect of this favorite author that I knew existed but that I hadn’t experienced before.
Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers (2010)
Sadly, I haven’t yet read the second book of this duology (Thank you, Twitter, for helping me recall that word!), but I was thrilled by Rivers this outing.
The Fiddler’s Green by A.S. “Pete” Peterson (2010) (review pending)
I just finished this one, so I haven’t written my review yet. I’ll just say it’s thrilling to watch a writer come into his/her own like Pete does in this second book of his debut duology, just as Jason Gray said.
Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson (2010)
A beautiful story of healing, poignantly told. I’m looking forward to reading more from Samson in 2011.
The Mailbox by MaryBeth Whalen (2010)
This is a book that feels deeply. Really a great story.
The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry (2009)
A great blend of drama and action, with excellent characters and a heart-rending back story.
All of these books were published recently, with the oldest originally released in 2008. I’m planning to read more old books in 2011. I’m a bit disappointed that I haven’t read many of the ‘big’ books this year, but I’m also not. I’m happy with the books I did read, although — as in any year — I’ve got some titles on my shelves that I wish I had time for, now.
Discovered authors, 2010
(other than those mentioned above):
Some of the above books were provided to me for review.
Happy New Year, all! I hope 2011 is a great year — reading and otherwise — for each of you.