20 December 2010

Favorite reads of the year 2010

2010 favorites

Mon/The Gate/Pa
Some Prefer Nettles
Guns, Germs and Steel
Death in Midsummer & Other Stories
The Last Samurai
The Jaguar and Other Stories
The Hare
The Insufferable Gaucho
Blow-Up and Other Stories
The Wild Geese

Ryan's favorite books »


1. Mon by Natsume Sōseki, tr. Francis Mathy

2. The Wild Geese by Mori Ōgai, tr. Kingo Ochiai and Sanford Goldstein

3. Piercing by Murakami Ryū, tr. Ralph McCarthy

4. Some Prefer Nettles by Tanizaki Junichirō, tr. Edward G. Seidensticker

5. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

6. Death in Midsummer by Mishima Yukio, tr. Edward G. Seidensticker et al.

7. The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt

8. The Jaguar by João Guimarães Rosa, tr. David Treece

9. The Hare by César Aira, tr. Nick Caistor

10. The Insufferable Gaucho by Roberto Bolaño, tr. Chris Andrews

11. Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar, tr. Paul Blackburn

12. Tres by Roberto Bolaño, tr. Erica Mena, unpublished translation

Books read in 2010:



  1. Have read only one book from this list (piercing) although several of the authors & have placed the Julio Cortazar on my goodreads TBR.

  2. Parrish, I don't know why I kept prolonging reading Cortazar. It's great that you earmarked his book.

  3. I ve not read any of the titles read other books by few of the writers Aria is down as a writer I must read next year ,all the best stu

  4. Stu, hope you enjoy Aira. He's a personal favorite.

  5. Oh, so 2010 must've been the year you read a lot of Japanese fiction! I have yet to read a Bolano though. I have The Savage Detectives and 2666, but I can't get past page 20!

  6. I've been looking for some Japanese fiction outside of the mainstream. Thanks for posting on the bookblogs ning so I could see your reviews.

  7. Yes, Peter. I've read some 15 books from Japan this year. And there's still a lot left in TBR.

    Well, hopefully you have a Bolano breakthrough this year! :D

  8. You're welcome, Poppy. I hope to review more Japanese fiction in 2011.