It’s my 11th anniversary for this blog, and as is my habit, I am using it to post my top ten books of the year. This year’s books are all fiction, which isn’t unusual. What is unusual is that six of them are historical novels, and a few others are partially historical. Only one is set in the current time (the other nonhistorical novels in the recent past). Of the historical novels, most are set in the 20th century, but one each is set in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Five of the books are by women, five by men, and two involve the supernatural. Four books are set in the United States, two in Scotland, and one each in Australia, Madagascar, France, and an island in the Indian Ocean off what would become Australia.
This year’s choice was difficult, because I read some really good books, but here they are, in the order in which I posted the reviews:
Here’s wishing you a year of happy reading!
The Best Book for this period is The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James!
Again, I had fun revisiting old friends and meeting new ones in County Chronicle. I thank anyone who has had time to send in a comment. They are
The next book is The Duke’s Daughter, which I will be reviewing on Tuesday, January 31. If you get a chance to read the book or have read it or just have something to say, pop in and make a comment. And here’s our little badge.
The Best Book for this period is The Night Ship by Jess Kidd!
The Best Book for this period is To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara!
The Classics Club has announced another spin. How does this work? Classics club members select 20 books from their lists and post a numbered list of those choices by Sunday, December 11. On Sunday, Classics Club picks a number, and the club member agrees to try to read the book corresponding to that number and post a review by Sunday, January 29, 2023.
I enjoy taking part in these spins, so here is my list!
- The Fair Jilt by Aphra Behn
- The Methods of Lady Walderhurst by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- We by Yevgeny Zemyatin
- The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermoût
- The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
- The Saga of Gosta Berling by Selma Lagerlof
- A Double Life by Karolina Pavlova
- Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare
- Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
- Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Tree of Heaven by May Sinclair
- The Deepening Stream by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz
- Merkland, A Story of Scottish Life by Margaret Oliphant
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
- The Princess of Cleves by Madame de La Fayette
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
- The Book of Lamentations by Rosario Castellanos
- The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Miss Mole by E. H. Young
The Best Book for this period is The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer!
The Best Book for this period is Bewilderment by Richard Powers!
Thanks to my stalwarts who participated by commenting, even though one was unable to get a copy of Love Among the Ruins this month. They are
- Liz Dexter
- Penelope Gough
Our next book is The Old Bank House. Yes, I’m going to the bitter end, even if no one can follow. So far, it has not been painful. I am posting my review on Wednesday, November 30. I hope a few of you will pop in and join me in reading it or some of the others coming up.
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For this period, there’s a tie for Best Book: A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson and Hester by Margaret Oliphant!