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Best Reads of 2010 January 4, 2011

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Books, Literature, Yearender.

“Una Novelita Lumpen” will be the first work of Bolaño to hit the movie screen. What’s new?

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!



1. Jayclops - January 5, 2011

Wow. Di ko matapos-tapos kahit na yung first part ng 2666. Grabe so overwhelming. But I came up with a list of 2010 reads also. Sa FB ko nga lang na-post. But I’ll be doing a blog entry na rin hehe

2. Richard Bolisay - January 5, 2011

2666 might well be the best Bolaño, but that’s a given. Savage Detectives is such a crazy read. Moved me to tears of agony. Pabasa ng listahan!

3. toynbeeconvector - January 14, 2011

Huy! alam mo, gusto ko talaga itong mga “best of” lists mo! :) And I just realized that I really love being the first in your list of friends. hahaha miss you, chard!

4. Richard Bolisay - January 16, 2011

super late lang. but it doesn’t matter, right? :) i miss you nash! last year was so far ago.

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