Yesterday, the industry pub, Library Journal announced their first ever “Top Ten Best Books List.”

And we weren’t surprised to see two Lambda favorites on this list — Michael Cunningham’s By Nightfall (reviewed by June Thomas last month) and Emma Donoghue’s Room — since these are two books we’ve followed over the past year.

The list was compiled with the input of librarians and LJ‘s book reviewers and includes both fiction and nonfiction titles.

“We can guarantee that each of these books offers a tremendous reading experience, says Brian Kenney, Editorial Director, Library Journal.

“Librarians—and booksellers—should feel confident in recommending them to their readers, suggesting them to book groups, and promoting them through a variety of venues. These are the books Americans will enjoy reading-and discussing.”

The full list, accompanied by approximately 20 notable titles and bests in genre fiction, how-to, and other genres (e.g., poetry, graphic novels, and memoir), will be published in the Nov. 18, 2010, installment of BookSmack!LJ‘s twice-monthly e-newsletter, and in the December print issue.

The following titles make up the inaugural top ten list:

  • American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen (Bloomsbury)
  • By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • How To Live, Or, a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown)
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine)
  • The Tiger by John Vaillant (Knopf)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (Random)
  • Walker Evans Decade by Decade (Hatje Cantz)

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