Sunday, January 24, 2010

Best of 2010, Update 4

I finished Blind Submission yesterday morning, perhaps the strangest ride I've had so far this year. I changed my opinion of the book at least three times over the course of reading it and finally settled on a 4.0 rating. Blind Submission takes place inside the offices of a famous West Coast literary agent and is special fun for all the "book nuts" out there. I'll explain my changing reaction to the book in a formal review sometime in the next day or so.

After 8 books, this is what the real time list now looks like:

1. Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean (biography)
2. The Opposite Field - Jesse Katz (memoir)

3. The Calligrapher's Daughter - Eugenia Kim (novel)

4. Blind Submission - Debra Ginsberg (2006 novel)
5. Get Out of the Way - Daniel Dinges (novel)
6. Boston Noir - Dennis Lehane, Editor (short story collection)

7. The Unnamed - Joshua Ferris (novel)

8. William S. and the Great Escape - Zilpha Keattey Snyder (Children's book)
Just a reminder: When I reach 11 total books, one will drop off to reflect a current Top Ten. From that point onward, a book will drop from the list each time I add a new one.


  1. That's an interesting idea to organize your "best of"! So you automatically know at the end of the year instead of having to remember what each book was about :)

  2. Christa, I can already tell that this is going to much more accurately reflect the best books I read in 2010. It's like having a playoff system for books read that will go on all year long. After I get to a list of 10, a new book read will have to beat out all 10 already on the list if it is to find a place.

  3. I am going to borrow your idea! But instead of just keeping the top 10, I'll just rank all the books I read in 2010 so I won't have to keep multiple lists... and keeping my fiction and non-fiction separate... at the end of year the I'll know what my top 10 are for both categories! Thanks for the idea!

  4. That's a good idea, Christa. I'm really curious to see how it works for you. I added another to the list today (9 now) and I'm getting to the point where the list will really start to shape up. Good luck.