Whoo hoo! It’s my 10th blogging anniversary! As is my habit, I am posting my Top Ten of the Year for this post. I make these selections from the Best of Ten lists throughout the year, and this year, some things stand out about those selections. For one thing, I had several repeat authors this year, Jess Kidd, Rumer Godden, Claire Fuller, and Maggie O’Farrell. Since I limit my Top Ten of the Year list to only one book by an author, that makes for some more difficult picking.
This year’s list is another mixed bag. Three of them are classic novels, written in the first half of the 20th century. Two are set at least partially in the future, and both of them strongly feature trees. One is a reworking of the Oedipus myth. One has a touch of the fantastic. Two are historical novels, and two are partly historical. One is a Pulitzer Prize winner. One is set in Kashmir, one partially in the Orient, one in Washington state, and one in Malaya and Australia. It was a great reading year.
Anyway, here they are, in order of when I reviewed them:
- Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
- Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
- Greenwood by Michael Christie
- Kingfishers Catch Fire by Rumer Godden
- Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp
- Old Filth by Jane Gardam
- The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
- A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute