As usual, so many books, so little time. I’m not the type to base my reading choices solely on critical opinion, but…I am feeling a little over-whelmed that I managed to purchase exactly one of the mentioned titles this year. I did do better on the Children’s Notable list (2 out of 7); and there are quite a few on the 100 that I’m lusting over at the moment. Such as:
HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE. By Charles Yu. (Pantheon, $24.) Yu wraps his lonely story of a time machine repairman in layers of gorgeous meta-science-fiction.
THE IMPERFECTIONISTS. By Tom Rachman. (Dial, $25.) This intricate novel is built around the personal stories of staff members at an improbable English-language newspaper in Rome, and of the family who founded it in the 1950s.
MEMORY WALL: Stories. By Anthony Doerr. (Scribner, $24.) These strange, beautiful stories all ask: What, if anything, will be spared time’s depredations?
SOLAR. By Ian McEwan. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.95.) In McEwan’s funniest novel yet, a self-deluding physicist cheats on his wives, sends an innocent man to jail and tries to cash in on another scientist’s plans against global warming.
SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. By Gary Shteyngart. (Random House, $26.) Exhilarating prose illuminates the horrors of a future America in this satire.
CLEOPATRA: A Life. By Stacy Schiff. (Little, Brown, $29.99.) It’s dizzying to contemplate the ancient thicket of personalities and propaganda Schiff penetrates to show the Macedonian-Egyptian queen in all her ambition, audacity and formidable intelligence.
Go check out the rest of the list for yourself, then be sure to come back and let me know what you’ve read, and want to read from the list. Have suggestions for selections you think they’ve left off? I’d love to hear those too.
And if you have some time (and even more room on your reading list), check out their other lists:
More Bests, Tops and Notables
- The 10 Best Books of 2010
- 100 Notable Books of 2010
- Michiko Kakutani’s Top 10 Books of 2010
- Janet Maslin’s Top 10 Books of 2010
- Dwight Garner’s Top 10 Books of 2010
- Notable Children’s Books of 2010
- Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010
- Notable Crime Books of 2010
Want to see how you are doing on previous year’s lists?: