I’ve been recording the books I read on goodreads and making a top-ten(ish) list since 2006, so in anticipation of publishing my 2013 top ten on December 31st, I’ll be posting my older lists here. The numbering is only an approximate order.
1. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
2. The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
3. The Bone People by Keri Hulme
4. My Sister’s Continent by Gina Frangello
5. Salmon Doubts by Adam Sacks
6. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
7. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
8. The Keep by Jennifer Egan
9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
10. The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis
11. Juniper Tree Burning by Goldberry Long
How many books did you read this year? 112, so this is my top 10%.
How have these books stood the test of time? I now want to reread some of these books. I remember loving all of them, but I don’t remember specific details about some of them (The Thin Place, for example, although I have now added Kathryn Davis’ new book to my to-read list). I think I intentionally only included fiction at the time, but now I would replace The Thin Place and Juniper Tree Burning with The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic and Word Freaks: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble.