The Best Book for this period is Edgar & Lucy by Victor Lodato!
This period’s Best Book is The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng!
This period’s Best Book is Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien!
It’s that time again, the sixth anniversary of this blog and time to post my top ten picks of the previous year. As always, this is a difficult task. Although I try to evaluate books by their genre—that is, I’m not expecting the same things from mysteries or historical fiction as I am from literary fiction—what my judgment really boils down to is which books I found most affecting or impressed me the most.
This year’s list includes two nonfiction books, three classics, one speculative fiction, and two historical fiction books. I would also count at least six of the novels as literary fiction, including Kent Haruf’s last novel. So, here are my top 10 books from the ones I reviewed this year, in the order that I reviewed them:
- The Lark by E. Nesbit
- Benediction by Kent Haruf
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
- His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
- On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry
- Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Best Book for this period is My Darling Detective by Howard Norman!
The Best Book of the last five is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara!