Posted by: hannah jo | January 26, 2011

Hannah’s Top 11 Books Read in 2010

I couldn’t whittle it down to 10, so 11 it is. These were my favorite reading experiences of 2010 — books that I wanted to read RIGHT NOW while delaying everything else.

Thank you, Lori, for inspiring me to do this. I re-activated my long-ignored Goodreads account today and will try to keep track of my reading this year. I had a tough time remembering which books of 2010 were my favorites, so I’ve learned my lesson! Plus, I’ve read some wonderful books already in 2011 (one or two of which will end up on my 2011 list, I’m sure), which clouded my memories of last year’s reading. I’m feeling my age, people!

Okay, without further ado, here they are, my favorite reads of 2010:

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster (on audio)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Room by Emma Donoghue

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Father of the Rain by Lily King

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Life by Keith Richards

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín



  1. Okay–I have to know why you liked Brooklyn. Full disclosure: I did not.

  2. Imagine that — we like different books! Seriously though, I loved the writing, the quiet way the story is told, and the achingly real sadness.

  3. I didn’t get to read Life and Room until this year, as I got them for Christmas, so they’ll probably end up on next year’s list; like a couple on this year’s were on your last year’s list. Sheesh I also swiped at least one from Linda’s list from last year…hint hint, Linda.

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