My favorite books of 2010

Thank you for letting me share some of the interesting books I’ve come across. I hope that you’ve been motivated to read more books too.

Most of us can’t resist a “Best of” or “Top Ten” list, and I can’t resist putting one together. Here’s a rundown of the best of the books I’ve read this year.

Best young adult, dangers of being beautiful fantasy:
* “Fire” by Kristin Cashore – about redemption, doing the right thing, and being accepted for who you are

Best action-packed, end-of-the-world fantasy:
* “Cast in Chaos” by Michelle Sagara – about living vs. existing and refusing to live in fear

Best inspiring, dark-edged fantasy:
* “Shalador’s Lady” by Anne Bishop – about trust, heart vs. honor, and fighting for your people

Best space opera science fiction:
* “Mouse and Dragon” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller – about duty to yourself vs. duty to family and embracing who you are

Best dashing if-I-were-King adventure novel:
* “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1894) by Anthony Hope – about trust and love vs. duty

Best inspirational Hawaii nonfiction:
* “Stories of Aloha: Homegrown Treasures of Hawaii” (2009) by Jocelyn Fujii – 125 profiles of people and businesses who have helped build Hawaii through the years

Best kick-in-the-pants, light-a-fire-under-you nonfiction:
*“The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence” (2010) by Tom Peters – reminding us that Excellence (capital “E”) is a pursuit, not a goal

Happy New Year and Joyful Reading!

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