This is our list of the 15 Best Books of 2010. This list of the Best Books of 2010 has been compiled using some of the internet’s most reliable sources. You may view these sources at the end of this post. We hope you find your next great read and remember to bookmark this page for future reference. This list of the best books of 2010 is in no particular order.
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Freedom is voted the best book of 2010 amongst many reputable sources. It tells the story of a regular middle-class family in the twentieth century dealing with the everyday struggles of life. The mother, and homemaker Patty Berglund, is a young ex basketball player who settled down with her environmentalist husband Walter Berglund after realizing Walter’s musician friend, Rick Katz, was out of reach. When Patty decided to follow her dreams and leave Walter, she moved to New York to attempt a relationship with Rick which in the end didn’t work out. Patty moved out on her own and Walter moved to their summer cabin and became a homebody while their teenage son moved in with the neighbors and fell in love with their daughter. Jonathan Franzen’s creative and admirable writing will have you reading until you can’t read anymore.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is by far one of the best books of 2010. A true story, impossible to but down, author Rebecca Skloot takes you directly into the lives of one African American family and how their mother changed cell research in a way scientists had never seen before. Henrietta died from acute kidney injury, amongst other things, when she was only 31 years old. When Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer and was becoming increasingly sick and in and out of hospitals, samples of her cells were taken without her consent for scientific research. Scientists were baffled when they found out that Henrietta’s cells were the first “immortal” human cells that could be grown in laboratories and didn’t die. This is the story of a woman who changed biomedical research as we know it today and the lives that were affected by it.
Faithful Place, by Tana French
Frank Mackey was 19 years old living in the slums of Dublin in a small flat crammed with his dysfunctional family on Faithful Place. Starving for a new life far away from Faithful Place, Frank and his high-school sweetheart, Rosie Daly, planned to meet one night in secret and run away together to England and get married. When Rosie didn’t show up to the meeting point, Frank figured that Rosie had changed her mind and left him due to his poor background and crazy family. Frank left didn’t look back for 22 years until the day came that Rosie’s suitcase was found.
To the End of the Land, by David Grossman and Jessica Cohen
“To the End of the Land” is an incredibly powerful novel about a mother and her family living in Israel and the pain and strife that comes along with war. Originally written in Hebrew, the book was beautifully translated by Jessica Cohen, really capturing the feeling of the Hebrew words. The story begins in 1967 when Ora, Avram, and Ilan are secluded in a hospital after being told they have a contagious disease. As the years go on, the three friends being mixed up in a love triangle. Ilan and Avram go to war. Avram is captured and brutally beaten, raped, and tortured and Ora marries Ilan and has a child with him, but the couple cannot let go of what happened to their friend, so Ora is left by Ilan and reconnects with Avram. Though Avram was said to be impotent, Ora seduces him and and has a child named Olef who later in the story is in the military as well. When Ora fears for her son’s life she sets out on trek, leaving her home behind on the thought that if she is not there to receive the news that the messenger will never come. The rest of the novel is about Ora and Avram on their trek around the countryside.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell Author David Mitchell, spent over four years writing this novel and travelling around Japan collecting as much information as he could to write “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”, which is his fifth novel. The novel begins in 1799 in Nagasaki Harbor, the only trade port to the Japanese Empire. Jacob de Zoet, from Holland, has a plan to work and live here (where only a handful of foreigners are allowed) for the next several years in order to go back home and marry his rich fiancee. His plans are altered when he falls for the midwife of the Magistrate, and is faced with consequences beyond his imagination.
Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray
A novel about adolescence, humorous, whitty, painful and heartfelt when one 14 year-old “Skippy” dies on the floor of the local doughnut shop near the college.  The book is revolved around the many people involved in Skippy’s life in the month’s leading up to his death including his genius roommate always conducting science experiments, the girl he is in love with who is going through teenage confusion about beauty and popularity, his love rival Carl, teachers, and his sex obsessed friend Mario.  Could any of these people have been the cause of Skippy’s death?
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Famous for the well-known novel “Seabiscuit” Laura Hillenbrand tells the true story of one American Olympic runner caught as a POW in World War II.  Louis Zamperini is one of the few war veterans still alive today to tell his story.  The story tells itself about the incredible accounts and circumstances this man had to endure when his plane went down over the Pacific Ocean.  After spending 33 days at sea on only a small raft, he was captured by Japnese soldiers, and the amount of torture, embarrasment, pain and starvation this man had to endure it is a surprise he is still alive today at 93 years old.  This is his story.
The Surrendered, by Chang-rae Lee
The Surrendered is a heartfelt novel about love, desire, the pains of war and how it affects the lives of so many both mentally and physically.  The novel surrounds the lives of three people.  A girl who is orphaned after watching her parents killed in the Korean war, a military man who has just finished his duty when the war ended, and the woman who brought them all together.
The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
Both humorous and frighteningly true, Micheal Lewis gives us incredible insight into the world of politicians, bankers, government officials, and everyone else who aided in the crash of the United States economy.  Why it happened, How it happened, and Who created the problem.  This book describes everything we don’t hear on the news, and while some were losing everything, others were making fortunes.  Definitely a can’t miss, and one of the best books of 2010.
Just Kids, by Patti Smith
A memoir of her life and the life of Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith takes on a visionary journey about two young soulmates.  A couple of kids, who at times had nothing more than a dime in their pockets.  When you could still see the last of horse-drawn carriages and And Warhol was to some, a masterful genious.  She beautifully describes everything they saw, the places they went, what moved them, what inspired them, how Bob Dylan changed her life, and how just a couple of kids made their way into the world of Art.
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
The Warmth of Other Suns, 700 pages long, in it’s gorgeously depicted accounts of African Americans during “The Great Migration” from the south to other parts of the country, is one book you won’t be able to put down.  Through over 1,200 interviews, incredible dedication and attention to detail, Wilkerson describes the lives and migration of three people.  How and when they left the south, how their lives changed some for better and some for worse, and how the “The Great Migration” completely changed the United States.
Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes
A compelling story about a group of Marines in the Vietnam war.  It describes the struggles and hardships military men face when fighting for their country.  As the author Karl Marlantes is a decorated marine himself who fought in Vietnam, the way he describes each detail of their surroundings makes the reader feel as if he is there living the story.  He describes the monsoons, and trenching through mud and rain, starvation and fear of the unknown, and how the relationships and bonds they create change their lives forever.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson
There will be no information on this until we have finished reading it ourselves. 
Room, by Emma Donoghue
Room is a story of hope that will pull on every heartstring you have in your body. Five year old Jack and his mother are being held captive in a garden shed, equipped with nothing more than a television. The story starts with the Room being an entire world in the young boy’s mind that grows increasing smaller as they both age. The dialogue between Jack and his mother is compelling and heart wrenching at the same time. This book is most certainly one of the best books of 2010.
The Passage, by Justin Cronin
The Passage became a fan favorite in 2010 despite being one of many vampire novels released this past year. Justin Cronin was able to capture the imaginations of many as he takes us on an adventure that span multiple centuries. A terrific novel that has all the right elements to be one of the best vampire books of all time. A must read for all you vampire seekers and one of our best books of 2010.