Kristen’s Favorite Books of 2010

I always have fun reading through end of the year “Best of” lists, so I thought I’d create one of my own. You won’t find any of these books on The New York Times Best Books of 2010, but whatever. These are the books I enjoyed reading the most this year, and I highly recommend them to you too.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The third installment in The Hunger Games trilogy was the book I was looking forward to the most this year, and I wasn’t disappointed. I thought Mockingjay was an epic finale to the dystopian series. It had the most jaw-dropping, OMG moment of any book I read this year.



The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage just blew me away and it’s probably the one book I’ve recommended most to people this year. I found the mythology, characters, and descriptive prose contained in The Passage to be perfect. It’s an ambitious start to a trilogy and I can’t wait for Cronin’s next book.



My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

The love story in My Name is Memory is my favorite of the year. It’s just so epic—I’d describe it as Twilight meets The Time Traveler’s Wife—with two souls continually meeting through the years. In addition to the romance, My Name is Memory has a lot of action too, making it the perfect combination.



Stay by Allie Larkin

A heartbroken woman has a few too many kool-aid/vodka mixers and orders a German shepherd puppy off the Internet. The dog arrives and it’s a ginormous beast that only answers commands in Slovakian—sounds like a cute story, right? Stay is more than that though, it is a wonderfully touching, engaging story about a woman, Van, going through a rough time. Van is funny, relatable, and just one of my favorite characters of the year.


Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison’s The Hollows (Rachel Morgan) series is up to eight books, and, in my opinion, it has only improved with each book. I’m currently OBESESSED with this series and can’t get enough of Rachel (a kickass witch), Ivy (a sultry dangerous vampire), and Jenks (a hilarious pixy who likes to say things like, “Tink’s a Disney whore!”). Besides the awesome characters, the books also have some amazing world building (paranormals are outted when a virus in genetically engineered tomatoes kills a huge portion of the human population). Black Magic Sanction, with its non-stop action and heartbreaking moments, is another fantastic entry in The Hollows series.

So there you go, those are my favorite books of 2010. I’d love to hear which books you loved this year, so let me know in the comments!

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