I read 136 books this year (for an average of one book every 2.7 days), markedly up from last year but not quite reaching my high (154 books in 2006). The largest chunk of this year's books were read in my capacity as a judge for the Massachusetts Center for the Book's non-fiction award. I also read more than 1,000 issues of the Bermuda Gazette (1784-1804), noting mentions of books, reading, &c.
Here are my top five fiction and non-fiction reads (in no particular order):
- It's a Book by Lane Smith
Honorable mentions to Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler (review) and Patrick O'Brian's The Surgeon's Mate (review).
Honorable mentions to David Grann's The Devil and Sherlock Holmes (review), McSweeney's Issue 33 (The San Francisco Panorama) (review), and Robert Darnton's The Devil in the Holy Water (review).
My Publisher of the Year for 2010 is the University of North Carolina Press, for their continued commitment to publishing important scholarly works.
Feel free to post your own favorites for 2010 in the comments, and may your 2011 be filled with good books and good cheer!