10. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It's a mystery about (life and) books. It's set in Barcelona. What is not to love?
9. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I thought it would be a little too sappy or not well written, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
8. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemiresky. I love historical fiction and Nemiresky's personal story as connected to this unfinished piece about Germany's occupation in France was fascinating.
7. American Pastoral by Philip Roth. I wasn't sure how I escaped Roth. This dark story went along brilliantly with a lot of the cultural portraits and critiques I've read or seen recently.
6. March by Geraldine Brooks: how I got away with not writing about this book, I have no idea. This short book followed the father's story from Little Women, but had plenty to say about both men and women. Post to follow soon!
5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy by Steig Larsson: I jumped on the bandwagon and got sucked in. These are incredibly smart and addictive mysteries (technically I'm finishing the third one in the final days of 2010...100 pages in as of now).
4. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible was one of the most thought provoking books I've ever read. My book club decided to read this as soon as it came out and it was a gorgeous blend of storytelling and history.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling reread with students: Harry Potter 7 made my top ten list back in 2008, but this fall's rereading experience with my students was a-maz-ing. So much passion. So much intellect.
1. Great House by Nicole Krauss: History of Love, Krauss' second novel, made the top ten in 2008 right along with HP. I could not wait for this book to be released and had its date on my refrigerator months in advance. This book is beautiful, haunting and thought provoking.