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Books of 2010

This are the books I’ve read in 2010, according to my Goodreads account. I put an asterisk (*) next to the ones I liked a lot.

The Brothers Karamaov (Fyodor Dostoevksy)
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
(David Sheff)
*Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)
Ema la cautiva
(Cesar Aira)
The Boat
(Nam Le)
The Vagrants
(Yiyun Li)
The Dead Fish Museum
(Charles D’ambrosio)
A Scanner Darkly
(Phillp K. Dick)
The Literary Conference
(Cesar Aira)
*Madame Bovary
(Gustave Flaubert)
*The Corrections
(Jonathan Franzen) – reread
Anna Karenina
*The Return
(Roberto Bolano)
Monsieur Pain
(Roberto Bolano)
Money to Burn
(Ricardo Piglia)
The Witness (Juan Jose Saer)
*A Visit From the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
*Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
The Cookbook Collector (Allegra Goodman) [skimmed the last 100 pages]
The Absent City (Ricardo Piglia)
Assumed Name (Ricardo Piglia)
The Wee Free Men (Terry Pratchett)
(Roberto Bolaño)
Feet of Clay
(Terry Pratchett) – reread
Men at Arms
(Terry Pratchett) – reread
*The Whole Story
(Ali Smith) – reread
*The Skating Rink
(Roberto Bolaño)
Are You the One For Me? Knowing Who’s Right and Avoiding Who’s Wrong (Barbara De Angelis)
Birds of America (Lorrie Smith) – reread, I think
(Lorrie Moore)
The Wild Things (Dave Eggers)
Perfect Match (Jodi Picoult)
News of a Kidnapping (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Zeitoun (Dave Eggers)
Killing Pablo: the Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw (Mark Bowden)
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Charles C. Mann)
Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World (Mary Pipher)
*Light in August (William Faulkner)
The Shrouded Woman (Maria Luisa Bombal)
House of Mist (Maria Luisa Bombal)
The Death of Ivan Ilych (Tolstoy) [reread]
War and Peace (Tolstoy)
Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte (Horacio Quiroga)
Collected Stories (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
*Walking Ghosts: Murder and Guerilla Politics in Colombia (Stephen Dudley)
*The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan)
Salvador (Joan Didion)
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (Ben Fountain)
Chronicles: Volume 1 (Bob Dylan)
Wings of the Dove (Henry James) (started in 2009)

An even 50. Not bad. Overall I feel this was a somewhat paltry year in reading, but it can be hard to judge in light of epic 2009, when I had so much time to read while commuting. I was very harsh about counting “books read” this year: there were a few that I’d started (Girl With Curious Hair, Freakanomics, If On A Winter’s Night a Traveler, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworker’s Movement, Imperial, Natasha’s Dance, Endgame: Volume 1- The Problem of Civilization) that I read quite a bit of but never completely finished.

To see books of 2009 click here.

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