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My Top 10 Reads for 2010

  • Dec 23, 2010
I read about forty to fifty books a year. I looked over the list of what I had read during 2010 and these were the ten best.
1
Last Words: A Memoir by George Carlin
The only biography of my favorite comedian with input from the man himself. I learned a lot about George from how he came up with his great characters in his skits to how he almost died several times. His early life growing up in upper Manhattan was fascinating.
See the full review, "Finally I Really Know My Favorite Comedian!".
2
So Cold the River
Fascinating story about a man who makes videos for weddings is asked to do a video of a woman's dying father. The father is in a coma but seems to speak to the man directly. Everything seems to lead back to a bottle of mineral water from the springs of a town in a very isolated section of the country. The bottle seems to stay cold all the time and anyone that drinks from it seems to be able to travel through time.
3
Down To The Wire (Book)
A reporter in New Jersey seems to receive anonymous tips that lead him to some of the biggest scoops of the year. The news stories make him a star reporter but the fame itself may hurt his future career. Additionally, the reporter finds out that the person giving him the tips is extremely dangerous and has evil motives for giving him the tips. Great tale!
See the full review, "Extemely Intense and Frightening Thriller".
4
Think of a Number (Book)
A man receives some mysterious mail from a man claiming to be someone he wronged in the past and telling him that he can guess any number that he thinks of. When his number is guessed, he goes into a panic and hires a retired police officer to help protect him and to locate the man who is sending him the mysterious mail. The officer, now a special investigator is intrigued and agrees to help but finds that the sender of the mail may be a serial killer.
See the full review, "What if Someone Could Actually Guess the Number You Were Thinking Of?".
5
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The third book in the marvelous trilogy about Blomkvist, the playboy magazine reporter and Salander the mysterious computer hacker who was left for dead at the end of the second novel. Salander is on trial for the murder of her father and it is up to Blomkvist to help her. They have to go up against a relentless rogue government agency to stay alive and clear Salander's name.
See the full review, "Satisfying Conclusion to a Great Trilogy!".
6
Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend
A great biography of probably the most talented baseball player in history. Throughout his life, Mays enjoyed what he did and was always a kid at heart. We learn about all the people that took advantage of his good nature but none of the bad things could ever bring Willie down.
See the full review, "Outstanding Bio of the Most Talented Baseball Player of All Time!".
7
Unexpectedly Milo: A Novel
Milo is a fun character with a lot of quirks that need to be satisfied, This includes the need to open several jam jars at a time and to watch certain movies over and over again. Milo finds a video camera that has tapes of a woman desperate to find her friend. Milo becomes a detective and becomes obsessed with tracking the woman down and reuniting her with her old friend.
See the full review, "Unexpectedly Enjoyable!".
8
Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
The author pulls no punches in portraying Steinbrenner as obsessive and difficult to work for while being very generous at the same time. One of the most famous bi-polar personalities of all time. The book presents a fascinating behind the scenes look at the Yankees during the 70's to the 90's with a ton of research and interviews from sources that only Madden could obtain. A great read!
See the full review, "The Most Successful Bi-Polar Personality in History!".
9
Bronx Justice (Jaywalker)
Jaywalker (actually J. Walker) is a criminal lawyer who seems to be corrupt and unethical in the way he defends his clients. The author gives us a look at Jaywalker when he first started out as an attorney, before whatever changed his outlook. We see a Jaywalker that cares about his client and loses sleep worrying about not letting an innocent man go to jail. This is the best Jaywalker novel to date.
See the full review, "The Best Jaywalker Tale to Date".
10
The Unincorporated Man (book)
This was probably the best book I read in 2010. A fascinating look at the future where individuals get incorporated at birth. Because of this there is virtually no poverty or war because every individual is important. Those that own shares of your stock want you to be as successful as possible so the value of your stock will go up. Justin Cord is reawakened from cryogenetic sleep and does not believe in incorporation of the individual because it goes against his principles of individual freedom. Justin goes against society to try to change it. A fascinating tale that resonnates with the current political world of today!

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December 23, 2010
Great list, Michael! I'm going to add the titles to the reader's choice badge, and you should receive it if you haven't already. Feel free to look at the discussions section of the group too! Sheri started a fun Santa one and one about your best reads: http://www.lunch.com/cafelibri/Forums-74-1-1.html
 
December 23, 2010
I'm still trying to get over your forty books a year comment. Wow! Great list!!
December 23, 2010
Thanks. I get a ton of free books through the Amazon Vine program as well as from authors that contact me directly, asking me to review their books. I have a long commute to and from work everyday so I get a lot of reading done on the train.
December 23, 2010
San Francisco's streetcar system tends to be super crowded since they don't run enough of them at rush hour. Thus I'm mostly standing, sadly. But that's another story. I have been reading more this year than last year and plan on doing even more next year!
December 23, 2010
You need a job that lets you get on the BART. Lol
December 23, 2010
I guess I could purposely move to the East Bay, LOL.
 
December 23, 2010
An interesting list. Definitely a couple there I'd like to look into further.
December 23, 2010
Thanks your list was the inspiration for mine.
 
December 23, 2010
wow! great list! I heard great things about # 10. Thanks! Now time for me to begin my best of 2010 movie list and we still have two weeks left.
 
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