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.
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
So far in 2012 (August), my favorite is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, a first novel.
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.