Third Anniversary: 10 Best Books of the Year!

Cover for The LuminariesThis weekend is the third anniversary of this blog. As I have done the first two years, I have put together a list of what I consider the ten best books I reviewed this year. To get the list down to ten books, I had to make some tough decisions. For example, if I picked more than one book by the same author as a Best Book during the year, I will only put one of them on the list, and which one I pick may be fairly arbitrary. They are not listed in the order of preference but in the order I reviewed them. This year’s list is unusual for me, because it contains one book of poetry (The World’s Wife) and one nonfiction book (Giving Up the Ghost).

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21 thoughts on “Third Anniversary: 10 Best Books of the Year!

  1. themisanthropologist January 23, 2015 / 7:53 am

    Happy Anniversary! And yes, I agree with Luminaries! A truly wonderful book!

    • whatmeread January 23, 2015 / 8:04 am

      If I had to pick a favorite, that would be it.

      • themisanthropologist January 23, 2015 / 8:05 am

        So far, it’s my second favorite Booker Prize winner!

      • whatmeread January 23, 2015 / 8:06 am

        Oh, yeah? What’s your first favorite? I haven’t made a practice of trying to read them until just recently, so I may have missed it.

      • themisanthropologist January 23, 2015 / 8:08 am

        I think my favorite is probably Wolf Hall (and Bringing Up the Bodies, but I just count that as a continuation of Wolf Hall). A friend asked me recently which was my favorite, so I’ve had some time to think about it 🙂

      • whatmeread January 23, 2015 / 8:10 am

        Oh yes, Wolf Hall was in my 10 Best Books list, I think two years ago and Bring Up the Bodies last year, I am pretty sure. Wolf Hall is my favorite! The third one is coming out soon, I believe.

      • themisanthropologist January 23, 2015 / 8:12 am

        I hope so! Btw…the Wolf Hall mini-series aired its first episode 2 days ago on BBC Two…if you’re interested!

      • whatmeread January 23, 2015 / 8:15 am

        Oh, dear, I guess I’ll have to wait. I’m in the states and just get BBC America. Maybe I can find it from Netflix in a while. How exciting! I hate to have to wait!

  2. Cecilia January 23, 2015 / 7:59 am

    Happy anniversary! And very interesting to see your list. Several of them are on my TR list as well. Best wishes for lots more good reading this year 🙂

    • whatmeread January 23, 2015 / 8:05 am

      You have some great reading ahead of you, then. Thanks!

  3. Naomi January 23, 2015 / 10:30 am

    Congratulations on 3 years, Kay! The only book I have read on your list is Maddaddam, but it’s a good one! I am happy to see it here. Also, there are some on your list that I just haven’t read yet. I can’t wait to get to them!

    • whatmeread January 23, 2015 / 10:34 am

      It will be worth it, I think. Thanks for the congrats!

  4. My Book Strings January 23, 2015 / 10:35 am

    Congratulations. I hope there will be lots more great books and book reviews to come. I haven’t read a single book on your list, but they are all on my TBR pile. 🙂

    • whatmeread January 23, 2015 / 10:39 am

      Hah! Sounds like a great pile!

  5. WordsAndPeace January 24, 2015 / 12:10 am

    Congratulations on your 3rd blogiversary! And nice list! I hope to finally read Stoner this year

    • whatmeread January 24, 2015 / 8:12 am

      Thanks! I hope you like Stoner.

  6. Deb January 24, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Congratulations on another year of reviews!

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