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Amazon's editorial team chooses top 2010 books

November 4, 2010 |  6:30 am

The countdown is on to the top 10 books of the year -- at least, those selected by the editorial team at Amazon's Omnivoracious book blog.

In fact, it was on most of Wednesday, on Twitter, where 90 of the team's top 100 books were announced.

For those following Omnivoracious's tweets, the titles came quickly, one after the next. "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime" by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. "Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1" by Mark Twain. "The Invisible Bridge" by Julie Orringer. That would be numbers 66, 65 and 64, respectively.

That short list shows the kind of variety that can be expected in the top 10: One of the three is nonfiction, one is memoir, and the last is a novel. Other genres that are clearly apparent are graphic novels ("Batwoman: Elegy," No. 87), mystery ("Worth Dying For" by Lee Child, No. 19), music (Jay-Z's "Decoded"), historical critique ("The Memory Chalet" by Tony Judt, No. 15) and young adult ("Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green, No. 12).

Only the final 10 remain: They'll be posted, in ascending order, on the Omnivoracious Twitter feed beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern (that's 7 a.m. on the West Coast). They'll also later appear on the Omnivoracious blog.

What can be learned from the 90 books the Omnivoracious editors already have revealed? Here's a guess: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" will make the top 10.

-- Carolyn Kellogg