There’s a current challenge going around on Facebook to list your top ten favorite books. Personally, I find it almost impossible to do this, as I have favorite books in different genres, categories, connections – and my favorite book one day can be replaced by a different book the next.
Still, it’s fun to think back on books that I’ve loved, so I decided to see if I could select a book from each year since 1995 (as long as I’ve been keeping track of titles) that I could say was my “Favorite.” Here goes:
1995 – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
1996 – In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez . . . or maybe Tortilla Curtain by T Coraghessan Boyle (see, already I’m finding it have to choose!)
1997 – Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (but it’s hard to bypass The Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner)
1998 – Wild Swans by Jung Chang
1999 – Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (although I DID love Lambs of God) by Marele Day
2000 – No contest here – Plainsong by Kent Haruf and the beginning of my love affair with Mr. Haruf!
2001 – Blindness by Jose Saramago
2002 – Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
2003 – Half a Life by V. S. Naipul
2004 – The Known World by Edward P. Jones
2005 – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
2006 – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
2007 – Reservation Road by John Brunham Schwartz
2008 – Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
2009 – City of Thieves by David Benioff or Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment
2010 – In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenudin
2011 – Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy AND The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt AND The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
2012 – The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson AND Bring Up the Bodies (and I did love The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evision)
2013 – Oh, this was a great year: Eventide and Benediction by Kent Haruf, The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, AND The Son by Philipp Meyer
2014 – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Wow, it was so much fun to look over this list and remember some old friends, but hard to leave some off the list!
How about you? Want to share your Top Ten, or more, with us?