Blah Blah’s Top Books of 2010

1. Gypsy Boy – Mikey Walsh

No words can describe the utter emotional rollercoaster my head and heart raced on whilst reading this. It manages to tip toe between being frank and delicate, sharp and vulnerable, funny and heart breaking within the space of a few words. This is by far the best book I read in 2010. With famous fans such a Stephen Fry, Dermott O’Leary and Sara Cox, go get your copy now.

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy – Stieg Larrson

Forget the films, these books may start off as a challenge and feel like a wade into the Swedish economy, but believe me once you’re in, you’ll be utterly hooked. One of the best series crime novels I’ve ever read and I doubt a book will have as many twists and turn as this for years to come.

3. Neverwhere – Neil Gaimen

If Alice in Wonderland had taken a trip to London, this would be the book that was written. If you live in London, this book will be a joy to read. Set in a fantastical world beneath London, go on a journey where there are actual shepherds at Shepherds Bush and Earls at Earls Court. Magical and gritty all at the same time.

4. Santaram – Gregory David Roberts

If you’ve ever been travelling this book will bring back a flood of memories. If you haven’t you may think twice about going! Set in India, this book covers all the genres of crime, thriller, romance and comedy.

5. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

I’ve always been fascinated by Nazi Germany, the politics and culture. The Book Thief follows the life of a young girl, as she tries to understand the changes facing her country during the rise of the Nazi Party and how she tries to adjust to the ideology forced upon her. Narrated by the omnipotent character Death, jumping from tense to tense, this book was a very unique read.

6. Handmaiden’s Tale – Margret Attwood

I first read this when I was 18 and still regularly revisit it. A novel set in a dystopian America, where nuclear waste has left a generation barren, fertile women are taken into slavery as ‘Handmaidens’ so the rich can reproduce. The story is pieced together by found manuscripts from one of these Handmaidens and is a very personal and haunting read.

7. American Gods – Neil Gaimen

Another fantastic Neil Gaimen entry, which resurrects all the forgotten Gods of ancient civilisations. I loved learning about the Egyptian and Native American mythologies at school. However in American God, the old Gods are fed up of being replaced rise up against the new Gods of TV, Shopping and Technology.

8. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Imagine if books were illegal, if books were banned. In this novel ‘Firemen’ start fires to destroy. A short, but very philosophical book, Fahrenheit 451 explores the suggestion that the written theories that we rely on could actually be destroying mankind?

9. Feed – M. J. Anderson

If you work in Social Media/Marketing/Advertising, this book is a frightening look at what the future could hold. Transported to a strangely familiar future, in which consumerism and advertising trends rule, this novel explores the deterioration on society by capitalism and greed.

10. Burning Bright – Tracey Chevalier

I’ve always been a lover of William Blake, and this novel is a subtle ode to his beliefs of innocence and experiences through the telling of a family who lived down the road from him. A gentle read, winding through the streets of South London which inspired a great writer.


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