I’ve always loved Houghton Mifflin’s “Best American” anthologies and find myself dipping in and out of most of them during the course of the year — especially Best American Short Stories, which is flavored differently each year, thanks to the varied guest editors. Here, below, is Houghton’s lineup for 2010. I loved that they tapped Bill Buford (Heat) to edit Best American Travel Writing, and I’m pretty excited about Richard Russo and Lee Child, too.

The Best American Short Stories 2010: Richard Russo

The Best American Essays 2010: Christopher Hitchens

The Best American Comics: Neil Gaiman

The Best American Nonrequired Reading: Dave Eggers (guest introducer: David Sedaris)

The Best American Science and Nature Writing: Freeman Dyson

The Best American Mystery Stories: Lee Child

The Best American Travel Writing: Bill Buford

The Best American Sports Writing 2010: Peter Gammons

The Best American Noir of the Century: Otto Penzler and James Ellroy (this title, a hardcover, won’t be a part of the annual series — it’s a stand-alone)

How about it, Shelf Lifers? which one will you be most interested in?