December isn’t just a month for office party faux pas and last minute holiday shopping. It’s also “best of” list time! While you wait for EW’s best & worst issue (on sale 12/17), take a look at some of the other lists that have started rolling out.
Earlier this week The New York Times put their Top 10 books of the year online in advance of this weekend’s print edition. It has some usual suspects in fiction: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom (showing up on just about everyone’s best of list this year), A Visit from the Goon Squad’s Jennifer Egan (yay!), and Emma Donoghue’s Room in addition to Ann Beattie’s The New Yorker Stories and Selected Stories by William Trevor. In nonfiction, some of our other favorites like Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns and The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee made the cut, as did Jennifer Homans’ Apollo’s Angels, Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra, and Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim. (Also be sure to check out the NYT’s “100 Notable Books of 2010” which was published last week.)
Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 includes Franzen, Egan, and Wilkerson, but also adds Patti Smith’s Just Kids (National Book Award winner!) and Brady Udall’s The Lonely Polygamist. Amazon editors rank their favorites, as does The Atlantic (with, intriguingly, no Franzen in sight!) and San Francisco Chronicle put Stieg Larsson’s trilogy on the list.
So what about you? What books would you put on your top ten list?