Best Books of 2010

As we reflect on the year past and the year to come, what were your favorite reads of 2010?

Consider this a sort of Yearly Reading Round-Up….


  1. Sara G. on December 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Man that is a lot! I re-read the books you have out now, except for Mistletoe, I still have to go and get that!
    Buuut my other favorites were:
    The Forgotten Garden: Kate Morton
    The Millienum Trilogy: Stieg Larsson
    Dark Road to Darjeeling: Deanna Raybourn
    the Parasol Protectorate Series: Gail Carriger
    Night Angel Trilogy: Brent Weeks
    Anything and everything by Katie MacAlister
    Alice I Have Been: Melanie Benjamin
    The Study Series: Maria V. Snyder
    the Sherlockian: Graham Moore
    And finally Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara

  2. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on December 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I second the Parasol Protectorate, as for The Forgotten Garden, I still have about 200 pages left… so we’ll see.

    The Flavia De Luce series, so much fun! Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, just amazing. The Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson books. Terry Pratchett’s final Tiffany Aching book, I Shall Wear Midnight. And of course, The Mischeif of the Mistletoe!

  3. Pam on December 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I have managed to put away 47 non-school/work books this year (ooooh), so this is hard. If I had to list my top 10:

    Possession – A.S. Byatt
    Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier
    The Magicians – Lev Grossman
    The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
    Never Let Me Go – Katsuo Ishiguro
    Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
    Excellent Women – Barbara Pym
    The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
    The Betrayal of the Blood Lily – Lauren something-or-other
    Deanna Raybourn’s books (picked these up following Lauren’s Reading Roundup recommendation and am so glad I did!)

  4. Allison on December 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I just posted my top 10 of the year on my blog this morning!

    Soulless by Gail Carriger, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, Angelfire by CA Moulton, Treachery in Death by JD Robb, Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky, Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins (which I read thanks to Lauren’s recommendation!), Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost and The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson make up my list.

  5. Joanne M. on December 30, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    My top picks:
    l. The Winter Sea – Susanna Kearsley
    2. The Distant Hours – Kate Morton
    3. A Broken Vessel – Kate Ross
    4. Mariana – Susanna Kearsley
    5. Trade Wind – M. M. Kaye
    6. Dark Road to Darjeeling – Deanna Raybourn
    7. Devil’s Cub – Georgette Heyer
    8. For the King’s Favor – Elizabeth Chadwick
    9. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation – Lauren Willig
    10. The Mask of the Black Tulip – Lauren Willig

  6. Gina on December 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I read all of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams this year, and they’re so fantastic. Also:
    The Speed of Dark – Elizabeth Moon
    The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
    Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
    So many great ones! 🙂

  7. Christine on December 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I just started reading Outlander and I think I’m hooked. I also just found out that they’re all really really long! Good thing the newest book isn’t expected for at least another year. This series will keep me busy for a while.

    Other great books this year:
    A Vintage Affair – Isabel Wolff
    Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett et al.
    A Hidden Affair – Pam Jenoff
    Red Hook Road – Ayelet Waldman
    Lotus Eaters – Tatjana Soli
    Die Twice – Andrew Grant
    Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
    and of course, Mistletoe

    Very glad to hear people loved The Distant Hours – I just picked it up from the library yesterday.

  8. Am7 on December 31, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I liked how people included the books they read this year as opposed to books that came out this year. I mainly read books from previous years. I did read a few books that came this year. My favorite new releases are Betrayal of Blood Lily and Mischief of Mistletoe. (Although I preferred Betrayal I admired its depth and darker tone. Although it wasn’t too dark, it was more delicately balanced.)
    I also am reading The Lady Most Likely which Just came out. It is very good, and a quick read!!!! (Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway)
    Books I read for the first time that I love include:
    A Study in Scarlet (Conan Doyle)
    The War Against Miss Winter (Miller Haines)
    Scandal (Amanda Quick)
    The Grand Sophy (Georgette Heyer)
    The Talisman Ring (Heyer)
    Venetia (Heyer)
    False Colors (Heyer, again)
    The Unfinished Clue (Heyer, again)
    I read a lot of Heyer this year. Too many to list!!!
    It to Be You Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    First Lady Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
    Quinn, Quick,James, and Heyer were recommendations of Lauren. Lauren; thank you your taste is excellent and I enjoyed all the books.

  9. AngelB on December 31, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Besides the two obvious…Mistletoe & Blood Lily (and I so loved Mistletoe!) My fav reads this year were:

    Bevelstoke Series: Julia Quinn
    Hathaway Series: Lisa Kleypas
    Maybe This Time: Jennifer Crusie
    Play Dead: Ryan Brown
    Marcia Schuyler and Phoebe Deane: Grace Livingston Hill

  10. Joanne M. on December 31, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Hi, Lauren! Can you list a few of your top favorite reads for 2010? Thanks!

  11. Amanda on December 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Here were a few of my favorite reads from 2010…
    The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
    According to Jane by Marilyn Brant
    The Betrayal of the Blood Lily
    Room by Emma Donoghue
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson
    Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran
    Beacon at Alexandria by Gillian Bradshaw
    A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen Susannah Carson (Editor)
    Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor
    Lords of the White Castle by Elizabeth Chadwick
    and of course Mistletoe

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