Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Top Books of the Year

I love reading all of the "best books" listings that come out this time of year. Kirkus Reviews recently posted its end-of-year list. Here's the fiction top 25 list. Lots of Broadway Book favorites included in this list, such as The Lonely Polygamist, Sunset Park, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. Plus several I'm hoping to read soon, including A Visit from the Goon Squad and Skippy Dies.

The nonfiction top 25 list also includes several BB bestsellers: The Warmth of Other Suns, Last Call, Hitch-22, Cleopatra, Just Kids (which I'm reading right now), and of course our HUGE favorite, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Portland-raised Rebecca Skloot. A couple of others I'm hoping to get to on this list are Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier and Mentor by Tom Grimes.

The Kirkus end-of-year list includes a bunch of other fun categories: best debut fiction, best zombie/vampire (will it ever end???), "pleasant surprises," and "tailor-made for the big screen," among them.

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