As the year draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at the books that impressed us. We editors put our heads together and came up with a Top 40 list of books—fiction and nonfiction—that stood out from the crowd in 2010. From literary novels to memoirs to mysteries, they include established authors, new voices and a few surprises. We're pleased to share them with you and hope you'll chime in with your own favorites.

We're revealing the list in reverse order, so books 26-40 are up first. Coming up over the next two weeks: books 11-25. The top 10 will be revealed in the Dec. 7 edition of BookPageXTRA. (not a subscriber? Click here! Our next edition will include a link to our Reader's Choice: Best Books of 2010 ballot.)

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26. The Tiger by John Vaillant (Knopf, September 2010)
27. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (Morrow, October 2010)
28. The Big Short by Michael Lewis (Norton, March 2010)
29. Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides (Doubleday, May 2010)
30. The Line by Olga Grushin (Putnam, April 2010)
31. How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu (Riverhead, October 2010)
32. I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman (Morrow, October 2010)
33. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Press, April 2010)
34. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (Viking, January 2010)
35. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House, August 2010)
36. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Knopf, June 2010)
37. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans (Riverhead, September 2010) (read a blog post about this book)
38. Breath by Martha Mason (Bloomsbury, July 2010)
39. The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris (Pantheon, September 2010)
40. Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens

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