I wanted to wrap up the year on a fun note. You may have seen the Facebook game floating around where you list 10 books that have stuck with you. Could just be a favorite, could be memorable in a challenging way. The aim is to identify books that have influenced you in some way. It took me about and hour to compile my list. So many books that I read linger in my memory, but to narrow done to 10 was so impossible that I had to include 2 swing votes! My top 10 (+2) are listed below and I encourage you to share yours!
1. The Glass Castle- Jeannette Walls
2. The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd
3. The Red Tent- Anita Diamant
4. Life After Life- Kate Atkinson
5. Charlotte’s Web- EB White
6. The Probable Future- Alice Hoffman
7. The Magician’s Nephew- CS Lewis
8. Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand
9. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly- Jean-Dominique Bauby
10. The Time Keeper- Mitch Albom
(Swing votes: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- Rebecca Skloot,The Storyteller- Jodi Picoult)
And now for the list of books I read this year! I made it to 37 book reviews (I admit to reading a few that I didn’t write reviews for). Here is the line up, start to finish
Book # 1- Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store, by Robin Sloan.
Book #2 Where’d You Go, Bernadette. By Maria Semple. Audio Narration by Kathleen Wilhoite.
Book # 3- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.
Book #4 Defending Jacob, William Landay.
Book #5 Deadly Heat, by Richard Castle.
Book # 6- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce.
Book # 7 Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, by Helen Fielding.
Book # 8- Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, by Matthew Dicks.
Book # 9- Night Film, by Marisha Pessl.
Book#10-ish The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert.
Book #10- Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.
Book # 11 Morning Glory, by Sarah Jio.
Book#12- Out To Lunch, Stacey Ballis.
Book # 13- Baltimore Blues, Laura Lippman.
Book #14- The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout.
Book #15- Life After Life, Kate Atkinson.
Book #16 The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, Fannie Flagg.
Book #17 Me Before You, Jojo Moyes.
Book#18 This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper.
Book # 19- Serena, Ron Rash.
Book #20 Twisted Sisters, Jen Lancaster.
Book #21 The Dinner, Herman Koch. Translated by Sam Garrett.
Book #22- What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty.
Book# 23- The Engagements, J. Courtney Sullivan.
Book #24- The Theory of Opposites, Allison Winn Scotch.
Book# 25- Conspiracy of Silence, Martha Powers.
Book# 26- The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Alice Hoffman.
Book #27- The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion.
Book # 28- The Invention Of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd.
Book # 29, The Time of My Life, Cecelia Ahern.
Book #30 The One and Only, Emily Giffin.
Book #31- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, By Gabrielle Zevin.
Book #32 The Chaperone, Laura Moriarty.
Book# 33 The Home For Wayward Ladies, Jeremy Scott Blaustein.
Book #34 Lost Lake, Sarah Addision Allen.
Book# 35- The Collector, Nora Roberts.
Book # 36 A Tale For the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki.
Book# #37 Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen.
And coming soon… Book #38, The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness. So stay tuned!
“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” ― John Keats