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Sunday, November 28, 2010

What's your favorite book of 2010?


It's hard to decide between fiction, biographies and decor books. First, I have to disclose that I tend to wait until novels come out in paperback (and show up at my favorite second-hand store) so I can spend my limited book resources on gorgeous tomes like, sigh, the Louis Vuitton trunks book. But I did enjoy the Franzen book in hardcover. I loved the book of letters between Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. I got my hands on an advance reader's copy of Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt and it was wonderful. And then there was that gorgeous Cleopatra biography by Stacy Schiff.

But my favorite book? I'm going to pick something completely indulgent, like a box of multi-colored macarons from Ladurée.

It was Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. for just the pure joy of it.


(Photo by Lola Thomasina.)

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20 Comments:

Blogger Carrie Miller said...

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, hands down.

November 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Yael Swerdlow said...

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

November 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Books I will surely check out.x :)

November 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Belly said...

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie- such a sweet, sweet book.

November 28, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Chaucee said...

Oo it's so hard toj ust pick one book! But I think I'll go with The Question of God (a debate of the arguments of CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud) It's AMAZING

http://www.amazon.com/Question-God-Sigmund-Debate-Meaning/dp/0743202376

November 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
OpenID toemailer said...

I guess mine doesn't count because it's 3 years old, but really, really enjoying Against The Day by Thomas Pynchon

November 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Laura Marie said...

I loved "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott :)

November 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Casee Marie said...

I haven't read much that was newly released this year, but the one I'm most anxious to read is Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simsonson. It sounds unstoppably charming. (:

November 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Tonia said...

The best book I've read this year has to be Wolf Hall, no question - a work of complete genius.

November 28, 2010 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Melanie's Randomness said...

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" &
"The Time-Traveler's Wife". I also loved the "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. =)

Melanie's Randomness

November 28, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger styleforlife said...

I am soooo adding your blog to my daily reads.
I adore it already because I never have the time to read and now you are inspired me to do just that!
:-) You are darling.

PS- I am interested in sponsor spot.

xxxxx Emily from EL Vintage

November 28, 2010 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

I don't know if it's the best book of the year for me, but I LOVED Fifth
Avenue, 5am. Have to get it back from my friend so I can read it again. :)

November 28, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I am so excited to add your blog to my reader! Nothing is better than a good book...indulgence at its finest.

November 28, 2010 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger RMP said...

This year im not sure...ive written so much and read so little, but i am looking forward to reading a little more next year.
these in particular: http://truthdive.com/2010/11/28/Vladimir-Nabokov-s-unpublished-love-letters-released.html

November 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

I can't decide...I read too many different things - wouldn't be fair to compare. But I know most of us who read it, enjoyed Patti Smith's book...it's out in paper for those who would like to give it for a holiday gift. xo

November 29, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
OpenID picxy said...

I personally love "KITE RUNNER" By Khalid Hosseini.very good writer know how to describe a story

http://picxy.blogspot.com

November 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Isabelle Lafleche said...

The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins and J'Adore New York by...me!

November 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Sunday Taylor said...

"Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann. I was really moved by this book, a beautiful read. So much wisdom in this book.

November 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger J. Christina Huh said...

"A Happy Marriage" by Rafael Yglesias. Really beautifully, honestly written.

November 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger The Tailored Woman said...

I just devoured "Fifth Avenue, 5 AM." What a lovely book!

November 30, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

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