Best reads 2010

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):

Sibella Giorello (The Rivers Run Dry)
Mitali Perkins (Secret Keeper)
Jean Kwok (Girl in Translation)
Kersten Hamilton (Tyger Tyger)
Mary DeMuth (Daisy Chain)

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.

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12 responses to “Best reads 2010

  1. What a great-looking stack! I haven’t read anything on your list yet though there are a few like Dangerous Neighbors that’s on my TBR list. Happy New Year!

  2. I am kicking myself for not reading Dangerous Neighbors this year…

  3. Thanks for a great list! I can’t wait to read more this year and will be sure to read some of these too. Thanks for putting the link on my website too. I appreciate it.

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  5. Wonderful list! I really loved Wounded too… I should have included it in my list and for some reason was thinking I read that in 2009.

    Happy New Year Hannah!

  6. I loved DN as well–great list and I love that we have some overlap! I’m also glad INSPYs nominations yielded so many great reads for you!

  7. Oh man — I’ve just added about half your books to my wish list. Have a happy new year.

  8. Great picks!

    I read 95 books, not bad, considering I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a great reading year in 2011!!!

    Here are my Best Reads of 2010

  9. Dangerous Neighbors is on my wish list. Probably because of you!

  10. Glad to see Dangerous Neighbors on your list, as I’ve pulled it off the shelf to read this year. Wishing you all the best in 2011!

  11. Great list — I haven’t even heard of most of these!

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