Okay, so I know that this should be an easy question, but if someone asks me what my favorite books of 2010 were, I would have to ask them , ‘Do mean books that came out in 2010, or books that I read in 2010?’

If I am allowed to say books that I read this year, I would add this book:

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I’m sure a lot of you have already read it, because it came out a long time ago, but I read it for the first time this year, and it was pretty amazing. It had everything – Mystery! History! Suspense! Amazing characters! It’s a book about the magic & power of books! If you haven’t read it yet, and are looking for a good read, I highly recommend it.

And now if we’re talking about books that have come out this year, these would be my picks:

20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa


Most of the my favorite comics over the last couple of years have been manga, and they’ve been manga written by Naoki Urasawa. Besides 20th Century Boys, I’ve read Monster & Pluto, both of which are are completely finished being translated and published in the US, but 20th Century Boys is only about halfway done. If you’re looking for perfectly paced comics with intricate and layered plots, go read some Urasawa.

[I actually broke down and finished reading 20th Century Boys via some scanslations awhile ago because the suspense was killing me. If you are interested in reading my review of it, you can check it out here, on the BPB blog].

Penguin 75 by Paul Buckley


This would be favorite art book pick of the year. Paul Buckley is the head art director at Penguin Books, and pulls out 75 books and has the artists. writers and designers involved talk about the final product after the fact. It’s a great look behind the curtain in the world of book design. I think them most interesting thing to me is to read about when there are disagreements with the final product – writers hating the covers, designers not happy with the changed they had to make, etc.

Another pretty awesome part of the book is that it includes covers to all the Penguin Classics that were drawn by famous cartoonists & illustrators and their thoughts on approaching the subject matter.

All right! Happy New Year everyone!