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Best Books of 2019 I put this Goodreads list at the very top of this entry because it’s “the only major book awards decided by readers.” Check out the winners in a whole bunch of categories. The Ultimate Best Books of 2019 List And here’s the list made up from other lists. Literary Hub editor …

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The Best Books I Read in 2011

Listed alphabetically by author Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games Connelly, Michael. The Fifth Witness Donoghue, Emma. Room Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken Hoffman, Alice. The Story Sisters McLain, Paula. The Paris Wife Shapiro, Alison Bonds. Healing into Possibility Watson, S. J. Before I …

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The Best Books I Read in 2010

This has been an abysmal year for me in terms of pleasure reading: I read a mere 18 books. The reason for this low count is that I’ve spent the entire year researching and then writing my dissertation, which I hope to finish up in early 2011. So I’m looking forward to 2011 being a …

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The Best Books I Read in 2009

Listed alphabetically by author Corrigan, Kelly. The Middle Place Didion, Joan. Slouching Towards Bethlehem Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique Genova, Lisa. Still Alice Hoffman, Alice. The Story Sisters Larsson, Stieg. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo O’Connell, Carol. Bone by Bone Sarton, May. Journal of a Solitude Stockett, Kathryn. The Help Zaslow, Jeffrey. The Girls …

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The Best Books I Read in 2008

Listed alphabetically by author Beauvoir, Simone de. The Second Sex Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby Goldberg, Natalie. Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir Hood, Ann. Comfort: A Journey through Grief O’Farrell, Maggie. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Saks, Elyn R. The Center Cannot Hold: …

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Best Books I Read in 2007

My favorite end-of-the-year activity is compiling my annual list of the best books I read during the year. Making this list is both pleasurable and painful: pleasurable because it allows me to revisit and remember each book; painful because I have to cut some books I really enjoyed to get the list down to the …

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The Best Books I Read in 2007

Listed alphabetically by author Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights Butler, Octavia E. Kindred Didion, Joan. The Year of Magical Thinking Follett, Ken. The Pillars of the Earth Gilbert, Elizabeth. Eat, Pray, Love Hood, Ann. The Knitting Circle Kallos, Stephanie. Broken for You Lippman, Laura. What the Dead Know Rowling, J. K. …

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The Best Books I Read in 2006

Listed alphabetically by author Atkinson, Kate. Case Histories Auster, Paul. Oracle Night Auster, Paul. The Book of Illusions Harwood, John. The Ghost Writer Lipton, Bruce. The Biology of Belief Phillips, Arthur. The Egyptologist Picoult, Jodi. Plain Truth Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle

The Best Books I Read in 2005

Listed alphabetically by author Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning Gross, Joel. The Lives of Rachel Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner Krakauer, Jon. Under the Banner of Heaven Shriver, Lionel. We Need to Talk about Kevin Tartt, Donna. The Secret History Turow, Scott. Ordinary Heroes Wharton, Edith. The House …

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The Best Books I Read in 2004

Listed alphabetically by author Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections Goodman, Carol. The Seduction of Water Gross, Joel. The Books of Rachel Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Haruf, Kent. Eventide Hoffman, Alice. Blue Diary Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City Niffenegger, …

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