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Jay’s book picks

Each year I choose a Book of the Year, my personal favorite. Here they are, going back as far as I can remember.
So far in 2012 (August), my favorite is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, a first novel.

  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett 2011
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith 2010
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann 2009
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Fiction by Mary Anne Shaffer 2008
  • Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon–and the journey of a generation NF by Sheila Haller 2008
  • Zoli by Colum McCann Fic 2007
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert NF 2006
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luiz Zafon 2005
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 2004
  • Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst 2003
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan 2002
  • Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund 1999
  • The God of Small Things by Ayundati Roy 1998
  • Evening by Susan Minot 1998
  • The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett 1997
  • The Last Algonquin by Theodore L. Kazamiroff 1997
  • The Power of One by Bruce Courtenay 1989
  • I’ve forgotten a few years, I’m afraid. I wish I had kept a list. I have a friend who has kept a list of everything she’s read since she was a teenager. She even has a rating system. Here’s an idea; lists of books read could be kept online now at Library Thing. The library now has a page there of our new books.
    Please comment below and tell us some of your favorite books.

    9 comments to Jay’s book picks

    • Nancy Sheridan

      I’d have to put Ahab’s wife at my top ten also. It was a compelling read, full of adventure, spirit, relationships, history. It’s one book that has stayed with me over time.
      p.s. this web site is great!

    • Jeff

      How about inviting library patrons to submit their own top ten list
      for posting here on the website.

    • Jay

      Go for it! We’d love to see other people’s top ten lists!

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    • Louise Taylor

      Thanks Jay, this is a great website,

      My top ten so far:
      The Tao of Psychology by Jean Shinoda Bolan
      Earthly Paradise by Colette
      The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
      Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
      The Education of Little Tree by Forest Carter
      Artic Dreams by Barry Lopez
      A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
      Elizabeth Bishop Complete Poems 1927-1979
      Anna Akhmatova Poems
      Member of the Wedding by Caron McCullers

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    • Jeff

      Top Ten (From childhood to now)

      1. A Day at The Zoo. (I don’t remember the authors name, but this was the book I asked my father to read to me over and over again before I could read.)
      2. Homer Price Stories. Robert McCloskey.
      3. Harry Houdini (Biography by his wife Bess).
      4. A Journey to the Center of The Earth. Jules Verne.
      5. Robinson Crusoe. Daniel Defoe.
      6. The Artist in His Studio. Alexander Liberman.
      7. Collected Poems. Dylan Thomas.
      8. The Glass Bead Game. Herman Hesse.
      9 The Agony and The Ecstasy. Irving Stone.
      10. Stranger In A Strange Land. Robert Heinlein.

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    • Jay

      I loved those Homer Price stories. I learned to read so I could read what was going on with that greenhouse with all the broken windows. Robert McCloskey is a National Treasure, as far as I’m concerned. His books never grow old and tired. Every generation loves them.

    • Jeff

      Homer was the best! I can still remember laughing so hard when my second grade teacher would read those stories.
      Long live the Doughnut Machine!!

    • Sharon

      Those who like your 2009 book choice might also be interested in the documentary, “Man on Wire”, an Oscar winning film about Philippe Petit, the man who walked the wire between the Twin Towers in 1974.

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