TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2020

You’ve seen my yearly Top Five/Top Ten lists, but how about a “best of the best” list?

For those of you who have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been producing a list of my favorite books published for each of the years I’ve been blogging. While I probably should have done this after my 2017 list, so I’d have the top five of the last five years, but I didn’t think of it back then, so I’m going to give you instead my top eight of the last eight years. In any case, I’m hoping this will become a new yearly feature, that is unless you all get sick and tired of it (let me know, okay)!

Best of the Best List Jan 4 2021

Anyway, here were the #1 ranked books of the past years from last year’s post, and now including this year’s top novel:

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This time, my Honorable Mentions list will only include books from 2020:

#5 – “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg.
#4 – “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman.
#3 – “Miss Benson’s Beetle” by Rachel Joyce.
#2 – “The Arctic Fury” by Greer Macallister.
#1 – “Code Name Hélène” by Ariel Lawhon.

That leaves me with the following, which again, was no easy task to rank. And the winners are:

In 8th place: “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler

In 7th place: “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje

In 6th place: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

In 5th place: “All the Rivers” by Dorit Rabinyan

In 4th place: “The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt” by Andrea Bobotis

In 3rd place: “Flight of Dreams” by Ariel Lawhon

In 2nd place: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki

In 1st place: Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

Last year I wondered if any book would ever beat out Ozeki’s book for the number 1 spot, and here you have it – Maggie O’Farrell succeeded with this masterpiece of a novel. It was sorely overlooked for the Booker Prize, but won the Women’s Fiction Prize. (It is going to be VERY hard for a book to beat both this and Ozeki for either the second or the top spot for 2021, but… let the games begin!)

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There you have it, my best of the best for the years 2013-2020.

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13 thoughts on “TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2020

  1. Ooh, good idea, now I want to do this for seven years of “Emerald City Gems.”

    I just finally read A Tale for the Time Being and enjoyed it a lot. I think I should read Hamnet!

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    1. Sometimes that happens – a book just becomes a far and away favorite. Mind you, these are only the books I’ve read and reviewed on my blog. I still say that “The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje is my all time favorite book, but I’ve never had the courage to review it, and I read it before I had a blog.

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