It’s no secret that we here at the Everett Public Library read a lot. So we put together a list of our very favorites from 2010. You can download and print the full list—which also includes music and DVD suggestions—from our website. Below are just a few of the books that we loved last year.
What about you? What was your favorite book, DVD, or album from last year?
Citrus County by John Brandon
A girl moves to the backwaters of Florida, expecting to find surfers but discovers rednecks. Despite her disappointment, she meets and falls for a troubled boy. Dark, heartbreaking, but genuinely funny…—Brad
City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris
This fast-paced crime novel takes readers behind the veil of women’s lives in contemporary Saudi Arabia. —Priscilla
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
One shockingly violent act turns life upside down for Beth Latham in this masterfully told story that takes the reader into the deep dark places of the soul. What follows is a journey of grieving, healing, reconciling and starting life anew. —Margo
Innocent by Scott Turow
Turow’s first novel, Presumed Innocent, was an immensely popular landmark of intelligent courtroom suspense. Innocent is a worthy sequel, 20 years later, again pitting rivals Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto in another powerful and emotional courtroom battle. –Steve
Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
A best-selling novelist’s son is arrested for murder, and she is determined to prove him innocent. An exploration of family dynamics and good intentions gone wrong.—Kathy
Room by Emma Donoghue
This novel is loosely based on the true story of Josef Fritz, an Austrian man who locked his daughter in the basement for 24 years. Told from the perspective of Jack, a 5- year-old who only knows Room, his 11″ x 11″ world, this story of abduction and captivity kept me turning pages.—Susan
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester
What more can I say after a title like that? This is an incredible journey told by an author who wants you to go on the trip with him.—Bev
Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, A Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur by Sy Montgomery
The subtitle almost says it all, and yet it doesn’t begin to convey how varied and fascinating the subject is, whether you’re a bird-watcher or not. Long after I’d finished this engrossing book I couldn’t stop thinking about these incredible birds. And if you’re wondering about the dinosaur, that is the elusive and ferocious cassowary.—Eileen
Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir by Wendy Burden
In a clear-eyed style, a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family recalls growing up in alternately privileged and deprived circumstances. Reminiscent of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.—Marge
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold
The Tenth Parallel is the line of latitude, both ideological and geographic, where 1.3 billion Muslims and 60% of the world’s 2 billion Christians reside. Griswold explores the encounter between Christianity and Muslims along this line, arguing that one’s sense of God is shaped by one’s place on Earth.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people to write the story of the “Great Migration” of 1915-1970, when six million black Americans left the South for northern and western cities and changed the face of America. The book takes both a bird’s eye and a micro view of this largely unstudied mass migration, following three families in detail. The book is uplifting and heartbreaking, outrageous and tragicomic.
Kids’ Picture Books
Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex by Lisa McClatchy
A tyrannosaurus appears at a children’s backyard birthday party and enjoys eating cake, playing party games, opening presents, and getting a goody bag while making a dinosaur-size mess. —Esta
Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String by Bob Boyle
Hugo, a hippo, and his dog follow a mysterious red string all through town in the hopes of finding something special at the end. What they find along the way are many new friends and some silly adventures.—Emily
The Legend of the Golden Snail by Graeme Base
A lavishly illustrated fantasy book about a boy who sails a golden ship through a magical ocean with creatures, pirates and adventure waiting for him everywhere. The pictures invite children to find hidden images. —Esta
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Four kids competing in a candy-making contest are suddenly forced to work together to solve the mystery of who is trying to sabotage the contest. —Esta
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
When Florence goes to live at her uncle’s dark, gloomy old house, she can’t wait to meet her cousin James. But the boy is always sick and refuses to leave his room, and soon the ghost of her dead cousin Sophia appears in her room. —Esta
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwit
Hansel and Gretel wind their way through nine of Grimm’s fairy tales, each one bloodier and more horrible than the last. A terrifying tribute to the original 19th century versions of these classic tales, which were quite violent, yet taught many valuable life lessons. Not for bedtime reading.
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Amber Appleton has big plans: the Ivy League, then law school. She doesn’t allow being homeless or having an alcoholic mother dampen her positive outlook or her desire to help others through her numerous official and unofficial volunteer jobs. She and her quirky friends are unforgettable characters. —Emily
Three Black Swans by Caroline Cooney
Missy and Claire are cousins and close friends, both adopted, and startlingly alike in appearance. Missy has always harbored a secret fantasy that they are actually twins. When Missy engineers a video opportunity to show Claire how much they really look alike, it goes viral on YouTube. Now a third girl is wondering how there can be two girls her age in another state who look exactly like her.