Each year ends with dozens of Best Of lists, including books. Instead of a Best Of list, LitChat’s offering a list of favorite reads of 2010, not based on literary merit, author’s laurels, or publishing hype. There were many notable books published this year and we had to limit the list at 10. The favorites are presented in ABC order by title. For better or worse, here’s the list. What were your favorites of 2010?

Ape House Sara Gruen
Freedom Jonathan Franzen
Man in the Woods Scott Spencer
Solar Ian McEwan
Takaro Gorge Jacob Ritari
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky Heidi W. Durrow
The Help Kathryn Stockett
The Nobodies Album Carolyn Parkhurst
The Swan Thieves Elizabeth Kostova
Wench Dolen Perkins-Valdez