Year in Review 2010 — Enthusiasticast Episode 42


Jon and Mark talk about their books of the year.

We mention…

  • Daemon and FreedomTM by Daniel Suarez
  • Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
  • The Count of Monte of Christo
  • Barb Wire (Ebert’s review)
  • Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
  • War by Sebastian Junger
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • The Killing Floor by Lee Child
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
  • The Watchmen by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore
  • Stitches by David Small
  • Parker The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke
  • The Man With The Getaway Face by Darwyn Cooke
  • The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
  • Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
  • Hater by David Moody
  • One Day by David Nichols
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
  • Spook Country and Zero History by William Gibson
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
  • Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy
  • Sam Shepard
  • Alistair MacLean
  • Road House
  • Master and Commander
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Flawless by Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell
  • Forever War by Dexter Filkins
  • The Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges
  • Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Music: Thanks to Drift for licensing ‘Invisible’ under creative commons.

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8 Responses to Year in Review 2010 — Enthusiasticast Episode 42

  1. @jentwist27 says:

    Hey Guys,
    Great year in review podcast. My 2010 list only had a few of the same books so my to-read-in-2011 list just took on a few more titles. I'm currently entrenched in Matterhorn and loving it.
    More importantly – The Enthusiasticast made my short list for top podcasts this year. Looking forward to more in 2011. Thanks for my weekly fix!

  2. A great wrap up show for one of my favourite new podcasts. I came on board several months ago with the BOTNS recommendation and have stayed because of your wonderful recommendations and informed discussions. Thanks for all the hard work guys. I'm looking forward to another year of listening.

    My that I read in 2010 would probably be The Passage by Justin Cronin. 2011 is already off to a great start with Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Have you either of you read them?

    • ninjabeatscowboy says:

      Believe it or not I stopped reading The Passage halfway through when I heard it was part of a series. I was digging it, but I much prefer reading character- and detail-intense series all at once, so this is going to be an exercise in patience and restraint until all three are out.I'm a Mitchell virgin but I have a friend who's a mega-fan. Would you recommend starting with Cloud Atlas, or something else?Sent from my iPhone

  3. This is actually my first book by Mitchell but it seems like a great starting place. I certainly plan on picking up some more of his work through out 2011.

    His use of language and imagery is incredible but it's his abilities a storyteller that I find most impressive.
    I'd wager it would end up as a book recommendation on the podcast if one of you reads it.

    • ninjabeatscowboy says:

      Sold!I just ordered it.Sent from my iPhone

      • @jentwist27 says:

        I can't resist adding my two cents because Cloud Atlas was my absolute favorite read of 2010. I've read several other books by Mitchell (Ghostwritten and Black Swan Green) and Cloud Atlas is the best of the three. The good news is that even his worst book is better than many other writer's best book!

        • ninjabeatscowboy says:

          I get the strong feeling I'll be talking about this one on the show!Sent from my iPhone

  4. Bill MacDonald says:

    Guys, thanks for the raves about One Day. I had bought it for my girlfriend last year and finally read it myself, finishing it yesterday. I loved it. In fact, I enjoyed it more than she did. Funny, since it has such a chick-lit premise.

    But I can't say enough good things about it. The pacing, the great character development. I was so sorry when it was over, and that doesn't happen a whole lot. So thanks. If it wasn't for your podcast, I would never have heard of it.