Choose the Year Book Tag: 2010

Thanks to a couple of Lauras (Reading in Bed and Dr Laura Tisdall) for making me aware of this tag that has also been going around on BookTube. If you haven’t already taken part and think this looks like fun, why not give it a try?

Goodreads lists the 200 most popular books of any given year. Skim through and see how many you’ve read from the list and discuss whichever ones you like. (I chose not to answer the last two questions of this prompt but have included them at the bottom of the post.)


  1. Choose a year and say why.

I browsed a few of the years and found that 2010 contained 12 books that I’ve read, including some that stood out to me for various reasons. For instance, two of them marked the start of my interest in medical-themed reading. I also think of 2010 as when my reading went into ‘mega’ mode, i.e. approaching 200 books per year. (Now it’s more like 320 a year.)


  1. Which books published in that year have you read [or if none, heard of]?

Because the list is based on the number of times a book has been added to users’ shelves (though not necessarily read and rated) on Goodreads, there is a LOT of YA and series fiction, e.g. Mockingjay at #1. Other notable inclusions: Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo and Orange Is the New Black before that really took off.


Read at the time:

Gimmicky child narrator, but thoroughly readable: Room by Emma Donoghue (#4)


Medical masterpieces: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (#6) and The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (#45)


Postmodern, angsty pop culture-filled delights: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (#31) and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (#37). I wonder if they’ve stood the test of time?


Vintage Bryson in curiosity-indulging mode: At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (#69)


Not his usual sort of thing, but my introduction to him and a damn fine work of historical fiction: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (#112)


Not my usual sort of thing (sappiness + magic realism), but I read it at a festival and it passed the time: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (#116)


Part of my progressive Christian education, but not a great example; not memorable in the least: Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt (#138)


A joy of a linked short story collection set among expat journalists in Rome; this author hasn’t disappointed me since: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (#156)


Who knew typesetting could be so fascinating?! Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield (#178)


Read later on:

A brilliant WWII novel, truly among the best of the best: The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (#93)


A DNF: Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (#73) was way too involved for my level of interest.


  1. Are there any books published in that year that sound interesting, and would you read them now?


On the TBR:

#50 Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

#75 The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

#124 Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

#152 Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart


None of these are priorities, but I’d still read them if a copy came my way.


[4. Most obscure-sounding book

5. Strangest book cover]


Do you remember any of these 2010 releases with fondness? Which other ones from the list should I read?

25 responses

  1. I’d also be interested to see if Freedom and Visit From the Goon Squad have stood the test of time – I loved both when I read them in 2010! I also loved Jacob de Zoet and I remember avoiding The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake when it came out – hate that sort of sentimental fiction (see also: Sarah Winman’s When God Was A Rabbit).

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    1. I’ve read Winman’s Tin Man and thought that very good, but have avoided her earlier stuff.


  2. I loved the fonts book and Major Pettigrew, which is thoughtful and well worth a read. I had a period in about 2015 when I had SO MANY books from 2010 – I was filling in lots of my century of books at that point but everything was 2010, then I realised I get a lot of books from charity shops in paperback and that must be how the cycle works!

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    1. Ha, that’s funny! So are you mostly reading from 2014 now? 🙂

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      1. Well I ran pivot tables on my spreadsheet because I can (and wrote a blog post for my professional blog, so thank you for that impetus) and no, although there IS a small 2014 peak still, the biggest totals are for 2018 and 2019. This reflects the fact that I now review for Shiny New Books and have a NetGalley habit, neither of which were in my life in 2014. Interesting!

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  3. Haaaa, 2010 was the year I went to university, and I remember Heaven Is For Real from my time working Saturdays in a bookshop in my hometown all through high school. I had to check stock against NYT bestseller lists, and although we never sold a copy of Todd Burpo’s book, I remember reading that title off the list again and again and again. (I think Todd was the dad, and Colton was the name of the little boy who had supposedly been brain-dead for an hour and gone to heaven and come back to tell the tale? Wee Colton Burpo. What a name.)

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    1. I have not read the Burpo (unsurprisingly) and it’s the kind of thing I would, fairly or not, stereotype as a heap of crap. I think members of my church have read it in all seriousness for the picture of NDE, though.


  4. I loved The Imperfectionists, too. The Emperor of All Maladies and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks were both brilliant, gripping and enlightening non-fiction. They complement each other beautifully.

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    1. I happened to read the Mukherjee alongside Swamplandia! by Karen Russell and for some reason have never forgotten the random pairing.

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  5. Finally! A post idea! I’m not doing well with that. I hope you will read or listen to Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand–I threw it back in print, but the audio made it a lifetime favorite.

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  7. I agree. The Julie Orringer is wonderful. And I’ll add the Simon Garfield to my reading list too.

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    1. I have another book on typography coming up, in graphic novel form! I find the subject strangely fascinating.

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      1. As do I. Graphic novels however, less so.


    2. One day I’ll get you to try some 😉


      1. I have tried, many times. Too much like hard work….


    3. Huh. Whereas I find them super-easy and quick reading, as for the most part the pictures tell the story!

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  8. I’ve read precisely 2 books from that year on Goodreads! One was Girl in Translation which was good but not special. The other was more special – Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty, which I’d highly recommend. I didn’t get on with Henrietta Lacks, but would like to read the David Mitchell and Jennifer Egan.

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    1. Oh wow, is that all?! I’m surprised. So were you not engrossed in shiny new books at that time?

      I’ve read a different Steve Martin novel and was unfussed.

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      1. Shiny is only 5yrs old. I was 2yrs into blogging in 2010 and only just starting to get sent books! Getting addicted to new books would come soon though 🙂

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  9. I loved Jacob de Zoet as well. It’s a toss up between that and Bone Clocks which is my favourite Mitchell. I’ve only just discovered Tom Rachman through The Italian Teacher and will definitely be mining his back catalogue as soon as I get the chance.

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    1. I’ve only read around the fringes of Mitchell’s oeuvre: this and Slade House. I need to plunge in with Cloud Atlas and then get to the others.

      Rachman is wonderful. Do read all his others. I still have his later short story collection to find.


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  11. This book tag is so much fun that when I was reading your post yesterday I ended up taking forever looking at all the 2010 books that I never made it back until now! In the process I noticed a few that I’ve read but that weren’t marked ‘read’ in GR, so I had to change that.
    From 2010 I’ve read: Unbroken, Room, The Passage, A Dog’s Purpose, Out of My Mind, Secret Daughter, The Invisible Bridge, The Distant Hours, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (I had to read it for the title!).

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    1. I agree, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake was one to read just for the title (though I have often found that the books with the most bizarre/inventive titles end up being disappointing).

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