What would we do without Recommendations?!

One of the great things about book blogs is the fact that you have endless recommendations at your fingertips. People recommend a great book that makes you rush to your closest bookstore to pick it up, or more recently, you download it at home and quickly upload it to your e-reader. Then award season comes and the majority of the book blogs you visit on a regular basis are recommending the latest Giller winner (if they can get their hands on a copy), Writer’s Trust Fiction prize or more recently the CBC Canada Reads titles. Thus, you’re even more determined to read these highly anticipated books.

So when the Globe compiles a list of 100 books at the end of each year, I’m always interested to see who made the cut. The Globe didn’t disappoint and the top 100 books, including Canadian/International fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels are all worthy choices and many of them are the books I’ve been reading about on book blogs for the past year.

The books I was most excited about that made the list are some of the best books I’ve read in the year 2010. If you haven’t read any of the books below, just know from me to you that each of them deserves to be included in this list:

– I Shall Not Hate – Izzeldin Abuelaish
– The Year of Finding Memory – Judy Fong Bates
– Room – Emma Donoghue
– Sanctuary Line – Jane Urquhart
– The Beauty of Humanity Movement – Camilla Gibb
– This Cake is for the Party – Sarah Selecky
– Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
– The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of his Friend, Marilyn Monroe – Andrew O’Hagan
– The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender
– The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet – David Mitchell

Here are the books that I’m even more intrigued to read after hearing about them from all of you and seeing them make the top 100 Globe list:

– The Paper Garden – Molly Peacock
– Let’s Take the Long Way Home – Gail Caldwell
– Conversations with Myself – Nelson Mandela
– The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
– The Facebook Effect – David Kirkpatrick
– Tangles: a Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me – Sarah Leavitt
– Annabel – Kathleen Winter
– Cities of Refuge – Michael Helm
– Sandra Beck – John Lavery
– The Matter with Morris – David Bergen
– The Truth about Delilah Blue – Tish Cohen
– The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag – Alan Bradley
– Father of the Rain – Lily King
– Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart
– The Pregnant Widow – Martin Amis

You can find the whole list here. Be sure to go take a look at it and see what books you think deserved to make a list and let me know if I’ve missed one that should have made my to be read list.

Happy Reading!

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5 thoughts on “What would we do without Recommendations?!

  1. steph says:

    There are a few on there I’ve read, and I’m glad to see you’re excited about Sandra Beck and Annabel! Both are excellent.

    I look forward to Bradley’s sequel, because I loved The Sweetness, and I bought Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand because of your review! The Beauty of Humanity Movement is another I look forward to.

    Thanks. 🙂

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