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. Last year, I gave you my top eight of the last eight years, so now it is time for my top nine (which means next year we get to the magic number of 10)! I’m happy to say that this has now become a yearly feature (that is unless you all get sick and tired of it. Let me know if it does, please)!
To begin with, I would like to thank Hundreds&Thousands of Books for tagging me in her Best Books of 2021 Tag. Unfortunately, I already posted my “Best of 2021” Books, so I’m tagging her here with this post instead, and thanks for the nomination!
Anyway, here are the #1 ranked books of the past years including this year’s favorite novel (remember, my list only includes novels published (in English) during that calendar year):
- 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
- 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
- 2021 – “A Single Rose” by Muriel Barbery (Trans. Alison Anderson)
Last year, I included an Honorable Mentions list as well, but instead, you can always just take a look at my Top Ten books of 2021, which I published on December 31st. That leaves me with the following, which again, was no easy task to rank.
And the winners are:
In 9th place: “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler
In 8th place: “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje
In 7th place: “A Single Rose” by Muriel Barbery (Trans. Alison Anderson) – NEW!
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 Maggie O’Farrell succeeded in finally unseating Ozeki with her masterpiece of a novel. Hamnet was sorely overlooked for the Booker Prize, but won the Women’s Fiction Prize, and it is still holding strong.
There you have it, my best of the best for the years 2013-2021.