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)!
Anyway, here were the #1 ranked books of the past years from last year’s post, and now including this year’s top novel:
- 2013 – “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki
- 2014 – “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman
- 2015 – “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler and
- 2016 – “Flight of Dreams” by Ariel Lawhon
- 2017 – “All the Rivers” by Dorit Rabinyan
- 2018 – “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje
- 2019 – “The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt” by Andrea Bobotis
- 2020 – “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell
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!)
There you have it, my best of the best for the years 2013-2020.