Favorite Reads of 2010

I bought 50+ books last year and managed only to read a dozen. That’s less than 25% of my total book haul for the year. Bad. I plan to reach a quota of 20 for the current year. Wish me luck.

Here are my favorite reads of 2010.

1. About A Boy by Nick Hornby. Hornby writes about an unexpected relationship between a happy-go-lucky man in his mid-30s and an often-bullied 12-year-old kid with a suicidal mother. Terrific read. The movie adaptation which I saw back in college is pretty good too.

2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells the story of Oscar de Leon who is obese, a social outcast, loves comic books and pulp fiction. It also tells the story of Oscar’s ancestors and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Diaz’s prose is simple too.

3. Open by Andre Agassi. Many have hailed the tennis legend’s as the barometer of future sports (auto)biographies. It is that good.

4. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. The second Murakami book I read after Norwegian Wood. It took me quite some time to finish the book. It has a pretty weird plot. A teenage boy runs away from home to escape a curse and an old man who can talk to cats.

5. Flipped by Wandlein Van Draanen. Van Draanen tells the coming-of-age tale between a boy and a girl who live across the street from each other. It is a fun and quick read. An ideal book to read on a rainy and lazy weekend.

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3 Responses to Favorite Reads of 2010

  1. Skron says:

    The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is one of my favorites. Especially since Oscar reminds me a lot of myself.

  2. My brain bled while reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Mababa lang kasi comprehension skills ko, nahirapan akong intindihin mga dialogues in the book. But I might read it again if I have the time.

  3. Norwegian Wood is so far my most beloved read among the novels of Murakami. I have high hopes on finishing Kafka. I’m glad to see it on your list.

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