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Megalist Eats New York! 2010’s Best Books

I’ve continued to update my 2010 Megalist, my annual compilation of best-of-the-year lists. This week’s additions included some big players, such as the New York Times and The New Yorker. The 2010 Megalist is up to 60 sources, with more to come, and can be downloaded from my other blogging home, Blogging for a Good Book. Updated files will continue to appear weekly at that sight, while analysis will appear hear on Book Group Buzz.

Compiling this list for the last three years has given me a unique perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of best-of-the-year lists and next week I’ll write more about that. But before I sprinkle any rain on the parade, I want to give some good books their due. Here are the top vote-getters so far in this year’s compilation. Check back on the Megalist weekly to see which titles are ahead at the finish.

GENERAL FICTION

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen  (27)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (18)

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (15)

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (13)

To the End of the Land by David Grossman (13)

MYSTERIES AND THRILLERS

Room by Emma Donoghue (20)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (11)

Faithful Place by Tana French (10)

SPECULATIVE FICTION

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (15)

The Passage by Justin Cronin (13)

How to Life Safely in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu (7)

HISTORICAL FICTION

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (15)

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (14)

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (13)

The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee (10)

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (14)

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (4)

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (4)

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (4)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (4)

POETRY

Nox by Anne Carson (7)

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan (4)

One with Others by C. D. Wright (4)

NARRATIVE NONFICTION

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (17)

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (14)

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (11)

BIOGRAPHIES AND MEMOIRS

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (21)

Just Kids by Patti Smith (16)

Life by Keith Richards (11)

Two other categories, graphic books and nonfiction that is not narrative, don’t have any clear leaders as of yet. As I’ll make the case next week, some of the most interesting books are further down in the list waiting for you to discover them, so download a copy of the whole Megalist to start that exploration!

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Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On... Fantasy Fiction and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups.

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