Saturday, January 1, 2011

Our Year In Reading

Our Favorite Books Published in 2010:
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris
Father of the Rain, by Lily King
Evening's Empire, by Bill Flanagan

Our Favorite Non-Fiction published in 2010:
The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
Colonel Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris
Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, by David Lipsky
The Last Hero, by Howard Bryant
My Year of Flops, by Nathan Rabin
Talking To Girls About Duran Duran, by Rob Sheffield

Great Books From 2009:
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
The Irregulars, by Jeanne Connant

Classics I Finally Got Around to Reading That Lived Up To Their Hype:
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
Winter's Tale, by Mark Helprin
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

Classics I Finally Got Around to Reading That Haven't Aged Particularly Well:
The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy
The Boys of Summer, by Roger Kahn

Biggest Pleasant Surprise:
Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels, which combined my favorite aspects of comic books, 80's video games, indie rock, and kung-fu movies to create one of Generation Y's first epics.

Other Graphic Novels We Highly Recommend:
The Alcoholic, by Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel
Astonishing X-Men, "Gifted," "Torn," "Dangerous," and "Unstoppable" by Joss Whedon (special thanks to Inspector Frank Bumstead)

Disappointments By Typically Reliable Authors:
Wild Things, by David Eggers
Solar, by Ian McEwan
The Heights, by Peter Hedges

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