Books of the Year 2010

these are my books of the year, they havent all necessarily been published in 2010 but i have read them in 2010

My Favourites

1. Room – Emma Donoghue – beautiful book,  the first few chapters are harrowingly hard to read but after that it really sucks you in

2. Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada – really good edge of the seat novel about German resistance to Nazism published originally in 1947 but just recently translated to English  

3. Brooklyn – Colm Toibin – Not usually a fan of Toibin but really enjoyed this sparse novel

4. Truth Commissioner – David Park – got this book in the bargain bin and it was a real find, best novel I have read on the Northern Irish troubles

5. Let the Great World Spin -Colum McCann – very contemporary and enjoyable romp through New York in the 70s

Honourable Mentions

Rough Ride – Paul Kimmage – great read about cyclings problems especially relevant due to this years revelations

Apathy for the Devil – Nick Kent – a must for any music fan of the 70s to 90s although Kent is sometimes full of himself

The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass – been meaning to read this for years and it’s a bizarre tale but alluring all the same

Stoner – John Williams – a sometimes depressing but very evocative book

The Northern Clemency – Philip Hensher – a good snapshot of 70s britain

My Unenjoyable Reads

For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemmingway – said I would give Hemmingway another go but just don’t like his style

I curse the river of time – Per Petterson  – loved his book Out Stealing Horses but this was pretentious and non eventful

The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene – the first Greene book I have read and the last, not my cup of tea

Freakeconomics – Levitt & Dubner – overhyped and in my opinion economists change the facts to suit themselves in any case

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