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The year in car books has been, like the year for cars themselves, a good one. In spite of the printed word's interminable lament for better days, there was still released a healthy number of tomes for your automotive edification, enjoyment and escapism. The ten we've listed certainly here aren't the only good ones, but we think every one of them will make for a great first read in 2011. Follow the jump for the list...

'Tis the season once again. We were scratching our heads wondering what to get the car-obsessed men and women in our lives, so we made some lists. This first list contains ideas for stuff that goes under the tree, the kind of car gifts that don't cost an arm and a leg but go over well with the auto lovers in your family.

Ok, if you're here reading this, chances are that you love cars, love the act of driving, and enjoy taking in all the little details -- the sights and sounds you encounter when you're behind the wheel of your machine. Fred First is a Virginia-based naturalist and blogger, and he's put out a call to arms, asking photographers to send him pictures of "America's Roadside Bloomery." What he's looking for, in a nutshell, is photos that include a road and the wildflowers that grow alongside it. Fred w