It’s always hard to believe, but we’re almost to the end of another year. I already wrote about how this year was the year that audiobooks made themselves known fully in my life. At the time I thought that post was going to be my only year-end post. Ultimately I decided I couldn’t let 2010 leave for good without looking back at some of the marvelous books I’ve read over the year.
As I’m reading along all year, I keep a mental note of books I think will “make my year” so to speak. It’s funny how what seemed so wonderful and so significant, when taken into account with the rest of my year’s library, didn’t end up making the cut. It’s not that they weren’t excellent books. It’s just that there were others that reached another level. I don’t think that distance between now and when I read them makes a difference. I feel as though the best books I read were about evenly split between the beginning and the end of the year. Regardless, there was no question what books those would be.
In years previous, I selected my top 10 books, but not this year. I couldn’t pick ten because there weren’t ten books that completely rocked my world with the same intensity as those I did select. Here are the 5 books that completely excited, amused, entranced, captured, and romanced this reader in 2010 (in some semblance of order). I hope that my reviews along with the fact that they are listed in this post says it all.
- The End of the Affair
- A Reliable Wife
- Let the Great World Spin
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
Just because the following didn’t have the same impact on me as the Big 5, doesn’t mean they weren’t excellent reads. I would highly recommend these as well (in no particular order):