Best Reads of 2010 January 4, 2011Posted by Richard Bolisay in Books, Literature, Yearender.
1. Last Evenings on Earth, The Savage Detectives. Roberto Bolaño. Reading Bolaño is like allowing this guy who doesn’t take a bath every day sleep with you. Really. Smell me.
2. Nobody’s Perfect. Anthony Lane. I fell in love with Lane twice: before and after reading this book.
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Stieg Larsson. Pretty much what some people dislike about this trilogy is what I like the most: plain prose, bleeding journalism, and its moments of sheer suspense. And please, don’t blame Reg Keeland.
4. Maurice. E.M. Forster. Forster’s novella is filled with closets and page after page he opens every one of them and knocks the reader off with the usual pleasantries of 20th century England and sweltering repression of gay love. Edward Carpenter and George Merrill must have been proud.
5. Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories. Michel Faber. Faber’s first collection of stories, sunny side up and down, vanilla-bright like Eminem. Nobody does it better than he.
6. 9th and 13th. The Rotters’ Club. Jonathan Coe. A very short story collection and a novel whose title is taken from a Hatfield and the North album. There’s so much love in it you wish the story ends in a guitar solo.
7. Never Let Me Go. Kazuo Ishiguro. Thank you Andrew Garfield.
8. Hocus Pocus. Kurt Vonnegut. I sensed a lot of harsh judgment from people who looked at me inside the bus or train as I read this tastelessly ridiculous book. Really, I just had to laugh like hell.
9. End of the Game and Other Stories. Julio Cortázar. Fellini led me to Antonioni and Antonioni led me to Cortázar and now it seems that I’m not getting out of this frigging maze.
10. The Best of Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss. Because it’s Dr. Seuss!