Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books of 2010

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature / weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we make a top ten list from a given topic.

This week's topic is

Top Ten Books of 2010

I have been meaning to do a "best of 2010" list, so the topic this week is perfect. :) I was hoping to make it to 40 books this year, but due to lots of pre-Christmas stress and a nasty cold I have hardly read a word the past couple of weeks. The year started with quite a few "meh" books, but towards the end of the year I read some great ones. Not counting re-reads, these are my top ten reads of 2010, in no particular order:
  1. Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly. The most well-travelled book of the year. I started it in a Lindt Chocolate Café in Sydney and finished it in my flat in Northern Norway.
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. 2011 will be the year I finish this series, I promise!
  3. Under Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher. I have yet to meet a book of hers I haven't loved.
  4. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke. Not quite as great as the first book in the trilogy, but still very good. Can't wait to see how it all ends.
  5. Ice Station by Matthew Reilly. Australian thriller that reads like an action movie script. Pure escapism.
  6. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle. Incredible prose. Best book of the year.
  7. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. Izzy Spellman is like an intelligent version of Stephanie Plum. A new favourite.
  8. The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake. Fun and fast-paced about a jewel thief with a bit of bad luck.
  9. Bad Debts by Peter Temple. My first attempt at Australian crime fiction. You little beauty.
  10. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. Clever and interesting YA novel. I ordered the sequel right after finishing this one.
What are your top ten?


readerbuzz said...

It's so much fun to read all these lists!

Here is my Top Ten of 2010 post: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-ten-books-ive-read-in-2010.html

Anonymous said...

I hope you finish the HP series soon! The fifth is my second favorite ha ha. I still love the 3rd even more. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I love Ice Station. I've a bit of a soft spot for Scarecrow!

Anonymous said...

Order of the Phoenix is probably my favorite Harry Potter book, although 6 and 7 won't disappoint either. I sort of envy you that you still have HP books to read.

booksploring said...

I'm glad to hear that The Spellman Files is good...I have it sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. And I love Stephanie Plum :-) so I should bump it to the top of my pile!

Anne Bennett said...

I had a student tell me that she think Incarceron will the top award for YA Lit this year. I must read it.

Jen H said...

I loved Inkspell, I think I enjoyed Inkheart and Inkdeath a little bit better, but the whole series is great.

Here is my Top Ten of 2010 post:

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