"For the very first time, Library Journal announces its top ten best books list reflecting fiction and nonfiction titles that stood out as the very best in 2010. The list - compiled with the input of librarians and LJ's stable of book reviewers - represents an assortment of books appropriate for a broad reading audience. Several of LJ's Book Review editors chronicled their deliberations on Twitter under the hash tag #bestbooks10"
The following titles make up the inaugural top ten list:
* American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen (Bloomsbury)
* By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
* Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
* How To Live, Or, a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press)
* Room by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)
* The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown)
* The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine)
* The Tiger by John Vaillant (Knopf)
* The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (Random)
* Walker Evans Decade by Decade (Hatje Cantz)
The full list, accompanied by approximately 20 notable titles and bests in genre fiction, how-to, and other genres (e.g., poetry, graphic novels, and memoir), will be published in the Nov. 18, 2010, installment of BookSmack!, LJ's twice-monthly e-newsletter, and in the December print issue.