Best Books of 2010

In keeping with THE CANON OF FABULOUS LITERATURE ACCORDING TO ABBY, below are the Best Books read in 2010.

The Fine Print:
Qualifications were 5 stars AND tagged as a “favorite” between 1/1/2010 to 12/31/2010.   All links will take you to my original reviews on Goodreads.

CHANGING PLANES, by Kathy Scott
Evocative and descriptive, Scott leads us through the seasons in Northern Maine and building her first bamboo fly rod.  Absolutely beautiful writing.

CHRONICLE IN STONE: A NOVEL, by Ismail Kadare
Set in World War II, the story of a small town in Albania is narrated by one of it’s inhabitants: a young boy who sees far more than he knows.
WHEN THINGS FALL APART, by Pema Chödrön
Just had the proverbial rug pulled out from under you?  Read this.  Then read it again.  Then put it at your bedside table and read a little bit every night.  Restorative, healing and compassionate, this is Chödrön at her very best.

SHIVER (Wolves of Mercy Falls #1), by Maggie Stiefvater
If Twilight had an older, wise, more mature sibling, it would be SHIVER.  Thoughtful, challenging and genuinely moving, this book is the antidote to all that is wrong with Twilight.

A MATTER OF CLASS, by Mary Balogh
A little novella that proves just how awesome and powerful short stories can be.  The only downside is you’ll want so much MORE!

RADICAL ACCEPTANCE, by Tara Brach
So much to say about this book and so little time.  Brach breaks it all down, literally, and teaches how to rebuild, from the foundation up, a life of love, trust and compassion for ourselves.

LEARNING TO LOVE YOU MORE, by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July
More a multi-media art book than a narrative, LTLYM is the book version of their website project.  Both archived website and book will open up new doors in how you look at the everyday moments in your own life.

MEDITATIONS FROM THE MAT, by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
Drawing on his very colorful past, Gates breaks down the eight-limbed path of yoga into digestible chunks.  Think Yoga Sutras for the 21st century. A must read for all serious yoga students and teachers.

FAITHFUL PLACE, by Tana French
Hands down the best mystery novel I read this year.  Tense, suspenseful and full of a side of Ireland rarely seen this side of the pond.

THE HUNGER GAMES (Hunger Games #1), by Suzanne Collins
I am so glad people are finally reading and talking about this series!  I was also a late-comer to the party but have been singing the praises of The Hunger Games ever since.

What were the best books you’ve read this year?

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2 responses to “Best Books of 2010

  1. No Anatomy of the Spirit? Uncle Jeff wants to read it.

  2. Haven’t finished Anatomy of the Spirit yet 🙂

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