What was your favorite book this year?

New Year’s is a time for reflection.  Reflection, party hats, and champagne that is.  But before you break out the bubbly – take a moment and think through all the books you read this year.  What was your favorite?  Not your top 10 or a few you really liked… narrow it down, see if you can really pick just one!

Mine was SHADES OF GREY by Jasper Fforde.  I’m going to call it Literary Sci-Fi (Is that a real genre?).  It takes place in a distant future ruled by the Colortocracy where one’s place in life is determined by their ability to perceive color.  Our hero, Eddie, who has better than average red perception wants nothing more than to marry up and maybe be a prefect.  Alas, a little prideful behavior has him relocated to East Carmine where he falls in love with a a Grey.  Not good.  What’s a Red to do?  Buck the system and try to change everything.  That’s what.

This book was thoroughly imagined, quirky and oh so fun to read.  Loved it.  (I’m sure it didn’t hurt that I got meet and interview the lovely Jasper Fforde for the Better World Books Podcast.  Check out the interview if you get a chance!).

But more importantly – share your favorite book in the comments!

By | 2013-11-22T17:21:53+00:00 December 29th, 2010|Books|18 Comments


  1. Lauren December 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I loved Breakfast At Tiffanys by Truman Capote.

  2. Catarina December 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo is a great daily dose of insight and enlightenment. It has really changed the way I looked at things in 2010.

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  4. Marsha Toy Engstrom December 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Just one? Are you kidding? I had a tough enough time narrowing down my Top 10 list! So, if I had to choose just one (really, just one?) it might be “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by the most talented Jamie Ford. It’s Historical Fiction (a favorite genre of mine)—it has a great sense of place (WWII Seattle jazz scene)—it deals with ordinary people during extraordinary times (making it very discussable for book clubs)—and at its core, it’s just an old-fashioned love story. What’s not to like? It also doesn’t hurt that this is my city’s One Book for 2011—so the discussion continues…
    Marsha Toy Engstrom

    • admin December 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Ooh Marsha — good call! I loved HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET. Great book!

  5. Ashley December 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    This is tough, but I think the book that will stay with me the longest and made the deepest imprint on my psyche this year is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

  6. Jan December 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I also LOVED “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”. It was my selection for our book club this year. But I also really loved “South of Broad”. So many books, so little time…

  7. Michael T December 30, 2010 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente. Indescribable.

  8. Bill December 30, 2010 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur Clarke for me. Really difficult to narrow it down given the number of books I squeezed in this year but I am comfortable with this choice. Oldie but goodie sci fi about a mysterious ship passing through our solar system. Technical read but not so much as to turn you off. Pretty quick read too.

  9. Sandy December 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    After much pondering, I have to say that my fave was Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. It addresses so many issues of life in today’s world. Not pretty, but honest and powerful.

  10. Denise December 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    What great books—some I already adore, some to add to my pile (which, if stacked, could be a small building). My favorite book of the year is ROOM by Emma Donahue. It is the story of a five year old boy named Jack, happily living in captivity in a small room with his Ma. Jack has no idea that there is a bigger world, has no idea that he and his Ma are being held captive…..it is an amazing feat that Donahue could step into such scary territory and come up with something so uplifiting. It is funny, sweet, tender and horrifying…….one of those books I couldn’t put down once I started.

    • Cindy December 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      I agree with you Denise. So many great books have already been mentioned, and I’m definitely getting ideas for future reding.

      I read a lot of children’s and young adult books throughout the year, so I’ll give my favorites for those two age groups as well as adults.

      For middle-grade readers ages 9 to 12 I liked Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes. I could almost feel the warmth from the sun-baked pueblos as I read this story about a young girl connecting with her grandmother.

      I loved reading The Cardturner by Louis Sachar with my teenaged daughter. I laughed a lot, learned a little about Bridge, and had a lot to think about when I was finished.

      My favorite book for adults was Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods. This memoir about studying Bonobos in Congo was fascinating for its perspectives on scientific study, political situations, historic events in Africa and the author’s relationship with her husband.

  11. Mimi December 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. It took forever to read but I loved every minute : )

  12. Chris December 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    My favorite was TRIANGLE: The Fire That Changed America, by
    David Von Drehle. A superb account of the March 25, 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City that took the lives of over 140 immigrant workers — all women. Von Drehle describes the terrible working conditions in sweatshops at the time, the battles between unions and management, the background of some of the immigrant victims, and the reforms that resulted afterwards. The 100th anniversary of the tragedy will be observed in just a few months. A fine book!

  13. Dee December 31, 2010 at 9:46 am - Reply

    While I have tried to find time to read books on quite diverse topics, and I really enjoyed so many, I have to say that “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo is something I can use everyday. Written by someone who has encountered significant (life threatening) challenges, it helps to keep the truly “little” daily issues we may find ourselves experiencing in perspective.

  14. Meg December 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Little Bee by Chris Cleave. sooooo goooood, and a great read for my book club, as it turns out

  15. JAN January 1, 2011 at 7:46 am - Reply

    MY FAVORITE WAS CUTTING FOR STONE = IT Was an engrossing book.

  16. Fran January 2, 2011 at 7:05 am - Reply

    My favorite was “Venus of Empire” by Flora Fraser. It’s the life of Napoleon’s favorite sister Pauline. Tres juicy.

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