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Best Books of 2010

Customers' Bestsellers: Top 100 Books

Among this year's bestselling books, none could quite keep up with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The thrilling conclusion to Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy kept the reading world buzzing for most of the year. Canadian readers also flocked to Shilpi Somaya Gowda's debut novel about adoption, love, and loss, and to Justin Halpern's irreverent documentation of stuff his dad says.

See our complete top 100 bestsellers for 2010 below. (Ranked according to customer orders through mid-November. Only books published for the first time in 2010 are eligible.) And don't miss our Editors' Picks for the Top 100 Books of 2010 page.


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1. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest
by Stieg Larsson
4.5 out of 5 stars (114 customer reviews)
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Viking Canada
May 25, 2010
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2. Secret Daughter
Secret Daughter
by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
4.3 out of 5 stars (116 customer reviews)
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William Morrow
March 1, 2010
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“Gowda has masterfully portrayed two families... linked by a powerful, painful tie that complicates their lives... A thought-provoking examination of the challenges of being a woman in America and in India -- and in the psychological spaces in between.” (Chitra Divakaruni, author of The Palace of Illusions)“Set in California ... Read more

3. Sh*t My Dad Says
Sh*t My Dad Says
by Justin Halpern
4.3 out of 5 stars (57 customer reviews)
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Dey Street Books
April 26, 2010
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Sh*t My Dad Says is f______ great!...Very funny, very irreverent, very real. It... Read more

4. The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and OtherSimple, Brilliant Things
The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and OtherSimple, Brilliant Things
by Neil Pasricha
4.1 out of 5 stars (56 customer reviews)
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Putnam Adult
April 20, 2010
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"Little things, it turns out, are extremely important to happiness, and The Book of Awesome will remind you of a thousand little things that will make you happier." -Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project "1000 Awesome Things is the #1 awesome website." -Frank Warren, PostSecret "The Book of ... Read more

5. Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
by Geneen Roth
3.8 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews)
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Scribner
March 2, 2010
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"Geneen Roth has written an extraordinary book - at once beautiful, moving, funny and searing. Most important, she gives us a practical way to use our bodies - along with some of the most difficult parts of our emotional lives - as gracious and transformat... Read more

6. Big Short, The
Big Short, The
by Michael Lewis
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 customer reviews)
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WW Norton
March 15, 2010
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If you re wondering if there s importance or an urgency to this issue, read the book The Big Short by Michael Lewis, and then, when you re finished reading, come back to the floor and say that you support this amendment [on financial reform]. --Senator Byr... Read more

7. Freedom
Freedom
by Jonathan Franzen
2.8 out of 5 stars (33 customer reviews)
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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
August 31, 2010
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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010: "The awful thing about life is this:" says Octave to the Marquis in Renoir's Rules of the Game. "Everyone has his reasons." That could be a motto for novelists as well, few more so than Jonathan Franzen, who seems less concerned with ... Read more

8. Fall of Giants: Book One of The Century Trilogy
Fall of Giants: Book One of The Century Trilogy
by Ken Follett
4.4 out of 5 stars (105 customer reviews)
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Dutton Adult
September 28, 2010
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"Fall of Giants is a book for you to savor, one in which you can lose yourself for hours on end. It is a big book that tells a big story, but it is one you will not want to end." -The Huffington Post "Follett's latest work is epic ... Read more

9. Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
by Charlaine Harris
3.6 out of 5 stars (36 customer reviews)
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May 4, 2010
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"One of the reasons Charlaine Harris has been able to maintain the series so successfully is that she varies her pace between the novels, rather than bring on more massive enemies and events. Sookie has always been a very human sort of heroine and the fact... Read more

10. Life
Life
by Keith Richards
4.2 out of 5 stars (42 customer reviews)
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October 26, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: It's hard to imagine a celebrity memoir--or any memoir for that matter--that is as easy to drink in (so to speak) as Keith Richards's Life. Die-hard Stones fans will love tales of the band's ascension from the "interval" band at the ... Read more

11. Room
Room
by Emma Donoghue
4.3 out of 5 stars (116 customer reviews)
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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
August 30, 2010
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Emma Donoghue steps outside of her comfort zone with Room, her new novel. The Irish-born novelist, who now makes her home in London, Ontario, is known primarily for her richly detailed historical fiction (such as 2000’s Slammerkin) and stories exploring lesbian relationships. Her latest effort is quite a departure, ... Read more

12. Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood
Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood
by Patricia Green
4.4 out of 5 stars (50 customer reviews)
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Whitecap Books Ltd.
April 15, 2010
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One of the world's healthiest foods, quinoa contains a perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids, and is a great source of protein, making it an increasingly popular food choice for those looking to incorporate "superfoods" into their everyday die... Read more

13. The Grand Design
The Grand Design
by Stephen Hawking
4.0 out of 5 stars (49 customer reviews)
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Bantam
September 7, 2010
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“The authors bring together an anecdotal clarity that is something of a first for the genre. . . . Making science like this interesting is not all that hard; making it accessible is the real trick, one that The Grand Design pulls off.”—Time“In this short and sprightly book, Messrs. ... Read more

14. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
by Jon Stewart
3.4 out of 5 stars (12 customer reviews)
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Grand Central Publishing
September 21, 2010
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This is why I invented the printing press Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468) This is why I invented fire Grok (75,456 BC-75,414 BC) A remarkable achievement. The essence of the planet - indeed humanity itself - conveyed in one beautifully illustrated GET AWAY ... Read more

15. Rework
Rework
by Jason Fried
4.2 out of 5 stars (41 customer reviews)
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Crown Business
March 9, 2010
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"Jason Fried and David Hansson follow their own advice in REWORK, laying bare the surprising philosophies at the core of 37signals' success and inspiring us to put them into practice.... Read more

16. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
by Chip Heath
4.7 out of 5 stars (23 customer reviews)
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Random House Canada
February 16, 2010
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"A fantastic book" Wired "Witty and instructive" Wall Street Journal "Switch is likely to prove invaluable to anyone wanting to make long-lasting change a reality" BBC Focus "Whether you're a manager, a parent or a civic leader, getting people to change ca... Read more

17. Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games
Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars (144 customer reviews)
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Scholastic Press
August 24, 2010
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Praise for Mockingjay: #1 New York Times Bestseller #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2010 A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice A 2010 Booklist Editors' Choice A 2010 Kirkus Best Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of ... Read more

18. Towers of Midnight
Towers of Midnight
by Robert Jordan
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 customer reviews)
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Tor Books
November 2, 2010
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“The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three ... Read more

19. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
by John Heilemann
4.7 out of 5 stars (15 customer reviews)
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January 11, 2010
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“A smoking new book. . . . The real revelation in Game Change: Campaigns turn our politicians into lunatics.” (Tina Brown, The Daily Beast)“Heilemann and Halperin have conducted hundreds of interviews to provide the inside story of the 2008 campaign. . . . It vividly shows how character flaws ... Read more

20. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
by Elizabeth Gilbert
2.8 out of 5 stars (21 customer reviews)
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Viking Adult
January 5, 2010
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21. Mini Shopaholic: A Novel
Mini Shopaholic: A Novel
by Sophie Kinsella
4.2 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews)
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The Dial Press
September 21, 2010
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“[A] madcap adventure.”—People“Frothy fun . . . Faster than a swiping Visa, more powerful than a two-for-one coupon, able to buy complete wardrobes in a single sprint through the mall—it’s Shopaholic!”—The Washington Post“Exceptional comedic timing . . . laugh-out-loud funny . . . Mini Shopaholic is a light escape ... Read more

22. Beatrice & Virgil
Beatrice & Virgil
by Yann Martel
3.1 out of 5 stars (17 customer reviews)
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Knopf Canada
April 6, 2010
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“My book is about representations of the Holocaust. The event is gone; we are left with stories about it. My book is about a new choice of stories.” A book that offers readers a new set of stories about one of the most documented, debated, analyzed, and agonized-over events ... Read more

23. Savor the Moment: Book Three in the Bride Quartet
Savor the Moment: Book Three in the Bride Quartet
by Nora Roberts
4.2 out of 5 stars (12 customer reviews)
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Berkley Trade
April 27, 2010
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“No one writes relationships as well as Ms. Roberts, with the subtleties and quirkiness of the give and take of friendship and romance.”“It’s the ultimate feel-good wish-fulfillment fantasy, and Nora Roberts is a true pro at delivering on those.”“It’s impossible to deny Roberts’s flair for sketching likable couples.”“Charming…delightful.”“This is ... Read more

24. The Passage
The Passage
by Justin Cronin
4.1 out of 5 stars (50 customer reviews)
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Doubleday
June 8, 2010
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"Every so often a novel-reader's novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cr... Read more

25. Heart of the Matter
Heart of the Matter
by Emily Giffin
4.6 out of 5 stars (13 customer reviews)
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St. Martin's Press
May 11, 2010
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"[A] modern-day Jane Austen." —Vanity Fair "In HEART OF THE MATTER, [Giffin] again uses her great wit and gift of storytelling to weave a tale that’s nuanced, empathetic and, at times, heartbreaking. Matters of the heart are always complicated, and Giffin deftly shows you why." —Associated Press"Giffin’s latest opens with ... Read more

26. Happy Ever After: Book Four in the Bride Quartet
Happy Ever After: Book Four in the Bride Quartet
by Nora Roberts
4.7 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews)
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November 2, 2010
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“Roberts, the reigning Queen of Romance, brings her Bride Quartet series to a splendidly satisfying conclusion…” “Ms. Roberts has brought the wedding business and its attendant ups and downs alive so beautifully that I couldn’t help but be drawn in…delightful.”“Charming…Roberts fills the pages with frothy fun, culminating in—of course—plenty ... Read more

27. Burned: A House of Night Novel
Burned: A House of Night Novel
by P. C. Cast
4.2 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews)
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St. Martin's Griffin
April 27, 2010
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Praise for the House of Night series:On TEMPTED, House of Night Book 6:“Cast and Cast pull out all the stops and take this story to shattering new heights with devastating consequences!” –Romantic Times (4 ½ stars)“P. C. And Kristin Cast havef made an absolutely amazing [YA] series. The visuals ... Read more

28. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 5: The Ugly Truth
Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 5: The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney
4.9 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews)
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Harry N. Abrams
November 9, 2010
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The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Sun Kinney is right up there with J K Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet Independent Hilarious! Sunday Telegraph The most hotly anticipated children's bo... Read more

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