One might note the absence of a certain hackneyed rewrite of Madame Bovary by a pompous wannabe Rodolphe (as if that's, like, aspirational? Ouch, dude) who's not talented enough to get away with trite misogyny. Also, you know what Flaubert is that Franzen isn't? FUNNY, is what. GAUNTLET IS THROWN, BRANSFORD.
The Orange Eats Creeps, by Grace Krilanovich. Takes everything you thought a novel could do, shoots it full of meth, sets it on fire, and throws it through a window.
The Singer's Gun, by Emily St. John Mandel. Beautiful, thoughtful, sad. Our interview with Emily is here.
Big Machine, by Victor Lavalle. As hugely intelligent and ambitious and sci-fi-loopy as The Intuitionist, but with a voice that is entirely its own.
Rat, by Fernanda Eberstadt. Brilliantly drawn adolescent protagonist, perfect mashup of literary sensibility and plotty goodness.
Rock Paper Tiger, by Lisa Brackmann. Like if Starbuck got thrown into a super-smart heist caper, with dumplings. Our review is here.
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them, by Elif Batuman. The kind of book you want to read out loud to people on the train. If you don't pee your pants laughing, it's because you're dead. Not exactly a review, but we wrote about it here.
Just Kids, by Patti Smith. This book is fucking perfect.
The World that Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents, by Alex Butterworth. So much fun to read, so many fabulous details, so many insights into the world of today. This is how history should be written.
Rat Girl, by Kristin Hersh. One of the best books about making art we have ever read. Also, punk as fuck.
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, by Sara Marcus. Like we said: facemelting. Our interview with Sara is here.
Eighth Grade Super Zero, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Not just one of our favorite books of the year; one of our favorite books EVER. Our interview with Olugbemisola is here.
A Love Story Starring my Dead Best Friend, by Emily Horner. Just, like, awesome. Our review is here.
Gringolandia, by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Moving and passionately written. Our interview with Lyn is here.
Shine, Coconut Moon, by Neesha Meminger. Okay FINE WE ARE CHEATING technically this pubbed in 2009 but the PAPERBACK came out in 2010 and ANYWAY IT'S OUR BLOG. This book made us cry and that was BEFORE we had any idea how awesome Neesha is.
The Poison Eaters, by Holly Black. Good clean kinda-trashy-in-the-best-way fun, with excellent fashion sensibilities.
How about YOUR favorites, dear creatures?