Here is a list of the books mostly recommended for the year 2010 as collated from scouring the internet, rather than from book seller lists and whatnot. These are the books that bloggers, forum posters, and everyone else sharing online have mentioned. Most of these are by American authors so next year on the first Monday I plan on doing a Must Reads for Australian books from 2010.
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates.
In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both—and escape the merciless progress of time—in the transporting realms of art and music. Continue reading