List Year's Best

The Best Books I Read in 2003

Listed alphabetically by author

Atwood, Margaret. The Blind Assassin

Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game

Connelly, Michael. Lost Light

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

McCafferty, Jane. Thank You for the Music

McEwan, Ian. Atonement

Philbrick, Nathaniel. In the Heart of the Sea

Sebold, Alice. Lucky: A Memoir

Tyler, Anne. Back When We Were Grownups

Honorable Mention

Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Carter, Stephen L. The Emperor of Ocean Park

Moriarty, Laura. The Center of Everything

Ruddick, James. Death at the Priory

Steinbeck, John. East of Eden

List Year's Best

The Best Books I Read in 2002

Listed alphabetically by author

Brooks, Geraldine. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

Connelly, Michael. The Last Coyote

Dallas, Sandra. Alice’s Tulips

Diamant, Anita. The Red Tent

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Sister of My Heart

Hillenbrand, Laura. Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Mason, Richard. The Drowning People

McDermid, Val. A Place of Execution

Pears, Iain. An Instance of the Fingerpost

Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age

Honorable Mention

Blacker, Terence. Kill Your Darlings

Coben, Harlan. Gone for Good

Palliser, Charles. The Unburied

Rice, Christopher. A Density of Souls

Strout, Elizabeth. Amy and Isabelle

List Year's Best

The Best Books I Read in 2001

Listed alphabetically by author

Bragg, Rick. All Over But the Shoutin’

Haruf, Kent. Plainsong

Irving, John. The World According to Garp

Lethem, Jonathan. Motherless Brooklyn

Liss, David. A Conspiracy of Paper

Oates, Joyce Carol. Blonde

Oates, Joyce Carol. We Were the Mulvaneys

Schwarz, Christina. Drowning Ruth

Shreve, Anita. Strange Fits of Passion

Vreeland, Susan. Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Honorable Mention

Chevalier, Tracy. Girl with a Pearl Earring

Dubus III, Andre. House of Sand and Fog

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God

List Year's Best

The Best Books I Read in 2000

Listed alphabetically by author

Gibbons, Kaye. A Virtuous Woman

Hamilton, Jane. The Short History of a Prince

Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River

James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird

McEwan, Ian. Enduring Love: A Novel

Percy, Walker. The Moviegoer

Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia

Shreve, Anita. The Weight of Water

Stansberry, Domenic. The Last Days of Il Duce

Honorable Mention

Berne, Suzanne. A Crime in the Neighborhood

Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

McCourt, Frank. ‘Tis

Turow, Scott. Personal Injuries

List Year's Best

The Best Books I Read in 1999

Listed alphabetically by author

Berg, A. Scott. Lindbergh

Cheever, Susan. Note Found in a Bottle: My Life as a Drinker

Connelly, Michael. The Black Echo

Danticat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory

Deane, Seamus. Reading in the Dark

Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air

Lehane, Dennis. Gone, Baby, Gone

Paretsky, Sara. Hard Time

Tyler, Anne. A Patchwork Planet

Winchester, Simon. The Professor and the Madman

Biggest Disappointments of 1999

Cronkite, Walter. A Reporter’s Life

O’Connell, Carol. Shell Game

List Year's Best

The Best Books I Read in 1998

Listed alphabetically by author

Austen, Jane. Emma

Berendt, John. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Davies, Robertson. The Cunning Man

DeLillo, Don. Underworld

Ellroy, James. L.A.Confidential

Erdrich, Louise. The Antelope Wife

Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain

Hamilton, Jane. The Book of Ruth

Irving, John. The Cider House Rules

Lefkowitz, Bernard. Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb

McCourt, Frank. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir

O’Connell, Carol. Judas Child

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Watson, Larry. Montana 1948

Notables That Didn’t Make the Cut

Irving, John. A Widow for One Year

Paretsky, Sara. Ghost Country

Quindlen, Anna. Black and Blue

Smiley, Jane. The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

Toole, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces

Wolfe, Tom. A Man in Full

New (to Me) Authors I’m Glad I Discovered in 1998

Burke, Jan

Davies, Robertson

DeLillo, Don

Ellroy, James

Erdrich, Louise

Frazier, Charles

Hamilton, Jane

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander

Watson, Larry

List Year's Best

The Best Books I Read in 1997

Listed alphabetically by author

Ambrose, Stephen E. Undaunted Courage

Atkinson, Kate. Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Byatt, A.S. Possession: A Romance

Dorris, Michael. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Finney, Jack. Time and Again

Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying

Mistry, Rohinton. A Fine Balance

O’Connell, Carol. Stone Angel

Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres

Walker, Mary Willis. Under the Beetle’s Cellar

Honorable Mention

Duncan, David James. The Brothers K

Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars

Høeg, Peter. Smilla’s Sense of Snow

King, Laurie R. A Grave Talent

Mitchard, Jacquelyn. The Deep End of the Ocean

List Year's Best

The Best Books I Read in 1996

Listed alphabetically by author

Burke, James Lee. Black Cherry Blues

Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany

Margolin, Phillip. The Last Innocent Man

O’Brien, Tim. In the Lake of the Woods

O’Connell, Carol. Mallory’s Oracle

Sandford, John. “Prey” series (I admit this is cheating since it’s more than one book)

Shields, Carol. The Stone Diaries

Smith, Sarah. The Vanished Child

Westlake, Donald E. Smoke

Woods, Stuart. Choke

Honorable Mention

Coben, Harlan. Fade Away

Dobyns, Stephen. Saratoga Bestiary

Dunning, John. Booked to Die

Muller, Marcia. Ask the Cards a Question