2010 – The Favourites

It has become a tradition for me to list my top ten reads of each year since starting this blog (yes I know it’s only 2 and a bit years but traditions have to start somewhere) but it is becoming harder to do as I read more books each year (the official tally this year is 162 finished books and 8 DNFs) and a higher percentage of them are really very good. So this year I have the top ten list plus the honourable mentions/just missed outs list plus the ‘hey, we were good too’ list.

The top ten (in alphabetical order by author)

  • Belinda Bauer, Blacklands (audio book)
  • S J Bolton, Awakening
  • Ken Bruen, The Dramatist (audio book)
  • Ariana Franklin, Mistress of the Art of Death
  • Elly Griffiths, The Janus Stone
  • Adrian Hyland, Gunshot Road (Australian Author) (when pressed on most days I will say that this is my favourite book of the year, it is hard to separate from the others but the writing does set it slightly above – sheer poetry)
  • Arnaldur Indridason, Hypothermia (translated) (this is the second book I have said on several occasions is my favourite for the whole year)
  • Simon Lelic, A Thousand Cuts (a.k.a. Rupture) (this is the other book I occasionally say was my favourite for the year)
  • Deon Meyer, Thirteen Hours (translated)
  • Johan Theorin, The Darkest Room (translated)

These books missed out by the merest whisker from inclusion:

For those who care about such things you’ll note that my halfway through the year list was reasonably accurate, containing 6 books that ended up on the top ten for the year. The other four books were edged into the honourable mentions/just missed out list.

Between them the books in the above two lists were rated

  • 4.5 (= Wow, I feel lucky to have discovered this book and will badger you to read it too so we can talk about it) or
  • 5 (= Wow, I feel lucky to have discovered this book, will badger you to read it too and would want it with me if I were stranded on a desert island)

There are a further 43 that I rated 4 (= ‘wow I feel lucky to have discovered this book’) which I think you’ll agree is still pretty darned good. So if you are still looking for something to read…

Just in case you haven’t had enough charts yet I shall display my ratings in a couple of final charts for the year.

Book Rating Breakdown 2009-2010

Rating groupings 2009-2010

I like this second chart because it shows more dramatically that overall, 81% of the books I read fell into the 3+ rating which means I was glad to have read them and would happily read more by the same author. This is up from 71% on last year.

What a wonderful year in books I have had and, as always, my sincere gratitude to the authors who make it all possible.

If you’d like your own top ten crime fiction reads for this year to be included in Kerrie’s Mega List of Awesome Crime Fiction (that might just be my name for it, hers is probably more sensible) please head over to her blog and leave your top ten.

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9 Responses to 2010 – The Favourites

  1. kathy durkin says:

    Great lists! I read five of your top ten, 3 of your second ten, and 11 of the 43; some of the book ideas I got from this blog.
    Thanks so much for the lists, the charts, the reviews, the blog. It is much appreciated.
    Happy New Year!
    Onward to a new year of reading, reviewing and blogging–and to great books!

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  2. Bernadette – I must agree with you about your top ten reads. You chose, I think, terrific books. And thank you *blush blush* for mentioning mine.

    I continue to be in real admiration of not only how many books you’ve read, but the variety of them. Oh, and the charts are amazing as always. Happy New Year and here’s to lots of good reads.

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  3. I can’t beleive you managed to read so many books – great job. A lot of them are unfamiliar to me but I trust your taste in books and hope that i have the chance to read them soon. I am more determined than ever to start reading Adrian Hyland, especially Gunshot Road because I am convinced that it is a wonderful book.

    I was also pleased to see the Mysterious Affair at Styles in your list of great books of 2010. It is one of my personal favourites of Christies books, and the first on ethat she ever wrote which makes it even more special.

    I can’t wait to read even more of your blog in 2011. Happy new year

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  4. shelleyrae@ Book'd Out says:

    I havent read any of your top ten – must hunt them up – thanks for sharing!

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  5. Jose Ignacio says:

    Have only read 4 of your top 10, but have at least another 4 on my TBR list. Gunshot Road and Hypothermia are also probably on top of my list.

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  6. Dorte H says:

    Really good taste, Ms Inoz ;D

    Have a very happy New Year, Bernadette!

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  7. Maxine says:

    Having read almost all of your top favourite list, I have to agree – great selection! I’ve read fewer of your second favourite list, but of those I have, I agree too!

    Happy NY to you, Bernadette, hope it isn’t too hot over there (it is grey and drizzly in England so we are back to normal here after our uncharacteristic Xmas snow…)

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  8. Nikki-ann says:

    I read Belinda Bauer’s Blacklands in 2010 too. Funnily enough, her new book is my first read for 2011 – Darkside.

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  9. Wonderful List!

    I could read only 95 books. But that’s ok. I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a great reading year in 2011!!!

    Here are my Best Reads of 2010.

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