Without fail, James Patterson and Nora Roberts will write several books a year, and it’s no surprise when they instantaneously catapult to the top of best-seller lists. Sure they pen entertaining titles, but their consistent popularity is most likely due to author notoriety. To me, the best titles are the unexpected ones, the books that are buzzed about for their beautifully woven characters and plots. Sometimes it’s a fresh new voice with an unbelievable story to tell. Other times it’s a distinguished author who has returned to once again reclaim their literary prowess. Either way, the best books of the year should surely be recognized.

Last year it was breakout author Kathryn Stockett’s The Help that brought to life Mississippi culture in the 1960s, and still remains a best-selling book (soon to be a major motion picture). The first six months of 2010 had us trekking through a war torn jungle, facing off against a post-apocalyptic virus, and re-living the life of a poor southern farmer whose cells made history. Here are a few of the best books of the year… so far:

As I continue to simultaneously make my way through So Cold The River and The Passage, I am marveled at the originality and deeply developed characters that entertain us through words. What will the second half of 2010 bring? The book blogs are buzzing over Sara Gruen’s Ape House and George W. Bush’s memoir, Decision Points.

Which book of 2010 is your favorite… so far?

A complete list of the best titles of the year so far can be found in Content Reserve.
*Please note that title availability may vary by geographical location.

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