The Book Cafe - 2010 book recommendations
On yesterday's Book Cafe (13 December 2010) on BBC Radio Scotland we were joined by Karen Howlett (from online book group Cornflower Books) and Vanessa Robertson (of The Edinburgh Bookshop) to discuss the literary highs of 2010.
The titles came thick and fast, so in case you missed any of it here were some of their book recommendations:
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
The City & The City by China Miéville
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Tiger by John Vaillant
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
Hugless Douglas by David Melling
Poppy Fields Murder Mysteries
Wasted by Nicola Morgan
Firebrand by Gillian Philip
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O'Neal
On Fire with Fergie by Stuart Donald
The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton
Star Gazing by Linda Gillard
Dark Matter: A Ghost Story by Michelle Paver
Corrag by Susan Fletcher
South Wind Through the Kitchen: The Best of Elizabeth David by Elizabeth David and Jill Norman
The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making by Jane Brocket
Lotta Jansdotter's Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style by Lotta Jansdotter
Room by Emma Donoghue
Our Twitter audience were getting involved too. Here's what some of them suggested:
Karen Campbell's The Twilight Time & Tony Black's A Long Time Dead. Both Scottish, both great
Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
'The Help' was my favourite book
My favourite book of 2010 has been "Cooking Human" by Cynthia Flambe-Fry.
Portrait of an Addict As a Young Man by Bill Clegg. I simply could not read it fast enough or fail to feel utterly absorbed.
'The Lacuna', by Barbara Kingsolver. A truly stunning novel. For me it was a life-changing read.
I think Purge by Sofi Oksanen might be my fav book of the year though am debating as it's been a great year for books!
Sylvia Loch "An Algarve affair" her first novel it's very good.
This Night's Foul Work by Fred Vargas
Sophia's Secret by Susanna Kearsley and Wasted by Nicola Morgan.
The Dead Beat by Cody James
Let us know your best book of 2010, or what you think may make a great Christmas gift. You can join in the conversation on Twitter by following us @BBCBookCafe, you can email The Book Cafe or leave your suggestions in the comments section below this blog.
And you can listen again to the programme in full on the BBC iPlayer.