Summer Reading: The Best Books . . . So Far . . . In 2010

by Mark on June 24, 2010

The mid-year sunshine is time for beach towels, blue skies, and a good novel. Here are my picks . . . so far . . . for the best books in 2010.

NON-FICTION

Outliers – The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell: My dad used to claim, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Malcolm Gladwell insists luck or timing is the primary driver of success. He reviews the triumphs of The Beatles, Bill Gates, Canadian hockey stars, and Chinese mathematicians. There is a consistent thread and common statistic that leads to interesting and fascinating reading.

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria: The Newsweek correspondent and CNN host provides and absorbing description of globalization. He does a nice job describing the foundational elements of the explosive growth in China, India and Brazil. Zakaria then focuses on the U.S. and how America can continue to lead the world using its technology and diplomacy.

FICTION

The Scent of Rain & Lightening by Nancy Pickard: A young woman, who lost both parents on a violent and stormy night, learns the alleged murderer was released from prison. The author crafted an intense page-turner of power, revenge, deceit, and hope that gallops to a satisfying ending.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larssons: Lisbeth Salander takes vengeance on her tormentors with a little help from her friends in the final installment of the Millennium Trilogy. Too bad the author died before book 4, but the finale is better than anticipated.

Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly: LA Homicide Detective Harry Bosch’s investigates a Chinese gang murder when he learns his daughter in Hong Kong is kidnapped. Bosch goes to Asia to find her and the quest brings thrills, mayhem, and surprises. Connelly is very good. This is his best.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: What was Henry VIII like before he began lopping off his spouse’s heads? Wolf Hall captures the atmosphere, politics, and tension in Tudor-land before the axes were sharpened.

So, use plenty of sun screen and enjoy the summer!

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Gina June 25, 2010 at 1:02 am

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, a fictional account of part of the Tang dynasty is quite good.

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