TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2022!

You’ve seen my yearly Top Five/Top Ten lists, and now it is time for another “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 nine books from the last nine years. That means… this year we reach the magic number of 10! I haven’t decided if I’ll just keep adding, or if I’ll cut this to only my top 10.

Let me know in the comments if you think I should just let the list grow, or I should confine myself to only 10 books.

Best of the Best List Jan 4 2021

Let me start out with a hardy

Happy New Year!

May 2023 be filled with lots of amazing books to read, as well as health and happiness for all my readers.

With that out of the way… here is my list (with links to my reviews) of the #1 ranked books of the past 10 years including this year’s favorite novel (remember, my list only includes novels published (in English) during that calendar year):

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I used to include an Honorable Mentions list as well, but instead, you can always just take a look at my Top Ten books of 2022, which I published on December 30th. I can tell you that each and every one of these books are ones I think about often, and remember in great detail. In fact, in hindsight, I would still give 5/5 stars (or higher, if possible) to each and every one of these novels. So you can believe me when I say that ranking them is no easy task. So…

The winners are:

In 10th place: “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler

In 9th place: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

In 8th place: “A Single Rose” by Muriel Barbery (Trans. Alison Anderson)

In 7th place: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

In 6th place: “All the Rivers” by Dorit Rabinyan

In 5th place: “The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt” by Andrea Bobotis

In 4th place: “Flight of Dreams” by Ariel Lawhon

In 3rd place: “No Land to Light On” by Yara Zgheib – NEW!

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

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

No, I didn’t decide to make any changes in last year’s order. However, I wondered long and hard as to where I would place this year’s favorite. Many factors came into play here, and this year’s first place winner did come very close to beating out Ozeki, and I even contemplated moving it straight to the top. Who knows, but maybe in the future I’ll change my mind and move it up. Either way, third place is your Bronze medal, and the Zgheib novel is one I very warmly recommend, and I’ve been promoting it at every turn!

There you have it, my best of the best for the years 2013-2022.



11 thoughts on “TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2022!

  1. I am impressed that you can come up with one favorite book for each year. I just can’t do that and tend to have about 5 or 6 per year. 🙂

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    1. It isn’t easy, and early on in my blog, I allowed books to be tied for first, but when I started doing these, I decided to choose only one per year. I think I made the right choices!


    1. I actually started this blog with only a top five list, back when I was reading half the number of books. I only upped it to 10 since I stopped working full time and then retired. Now I read more so I have more fodder for a top 10 list.

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  2. Interesting idea Danda, but some of us have been discussing the idea that over time the book/s we thought we liked best in the past shift a bit which could mean that your favourite 2015 book may not still be your favourite. Certainly, I think just doing a shifty 10-year list would be fine!

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