Books Read in 2010

These are the 47 books I read in 2010. (Previous lists can be found using these links: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003)

The books are listed in the order I read them, oldest first, except for the 3 fiction books which I listed separately at the bottom. My favorite books were #’s 13, 18, 23, 34, 43, and 44.


1. The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution, David Kamp

2. Making the Corps, Thomas E. Ricks

3. Faith Under Fire: An Army Chaplain’s Memoir, Roger Benimoff

4. The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, A.J. Jacobs

5. Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession, Julie Powell

6. Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House, Stacy Parker Aab

7. Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska, Miranda Weiss

8. Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, Kayla Williams

9. Prairie Tale, Melissa Gilbert

10. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, Gretchen Rubin

11. Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, Anthony Swofford

12. Babylon by Bus: Or, the true story of two friends who gave up their valuable franchise selling YANKEES SUCK T-shirts at Fenway to find meaning and adventure in Iraq, Ray LeMoine and Jeff Neumann

13. Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale

14. Paper Daughter: A Memoir, M. Elaine Mar

15. Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI, Candice DeLong

16. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, Alison Arngrim

17. The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy, Mark Sisson

18. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, Piper Kerman

19. My Life from Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time, Gesine Bullock-Prado

20. Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China, Jen Lin-Liu

21. Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, Fuchsia Dunlop

22. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, Anthony Bourdain

23. The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese, Margaret Hathaway

24. Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves, Crystal Renn

25. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, A.J. Jacobs

26. Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes from a Perfectly Imperfect Life, Lisa Kogan

27. No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process, Colin Beavan

28. Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology, Eric Brende

29. Bound Feet and Western Dress: A Memoir, Pang-Mei Chang

30. At Home in Japan: A Foreign Woman’s Journey of Discovery, Rebecca Otowa

31. Petite Anglaise: In Paris. In Love. In Trouble, Catherine Sanderson

32. I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage, Mary-Ann Kirkby

33. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, Timothy Ferriss

34. The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: An American Journalist in Yemen, Jennifer Steil

35. The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, Cathy Erway

36. Devotion: A Memoir, Dani Shapiro

37. Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness, Dominique Browning

38. Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America, Linda Furiya

39. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, Bich Minh Nguyen

40. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food, Jennifer 8. Lee

41. Alternadad: The True Story of One Family’s Struggle to Raise a Cool Kid in America, Neal Pollack

42. Lost on Planet China: One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation, J. Maarten Troost

43. Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, Portia de Rossi

44. Whip Smart: A Memoir, Melissa Febos


45. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

46. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

47. Little Bee, Chris Cleave

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