The “best books of the year” lists have again been published. The winner by a long shot is Underground Railroad by Colin Whitehead. It is a very long book so allow yourself plenty of time to read it.
I have made a booklist of the titles that have been put on at least 5 lists for fiction and 3 lists for nonfiction. Tell us what you think.
We will again be having our Book Pot Luck on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, this year on Feb. 4, at 11:30 am. Participants will be recommending their favorite books to each other.
My personal favorites this year were Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter, a sort-of science fiction book, but really a character-driven thriller and a book I read in pre-publication format and will be on my book discussion list next year, Will Schwalbe’s Books for Living.
The other favorites I had — at least as I rated them on Goodreads — can be divided into a few categories.
Books we read for book discussion: The Story Hour by Thirty Umrigar, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, The Muralist by B. Shapiro, Best Boy by Eli Gottleib, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.
Fantasy Books (my personal favorite genre): Mistborn : A Secret History and War of Kings, both by Brandon Sanderson; the Harry Potters I reread this year; The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett.
Classics: Night by Elie Wiesel and Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.
And others: The Couple Next Door (the next Gone Girl) by Shari Lapena; Shrill by Lindy West; Carla Buckley books Deepest Secret and The Good Goodbye; John Lewis’s March series; Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.
And, of course, Louise Penny’s newest Three Pines mystery, The Great Reckoning. As always with this series, start with the first book, Still Life.
I’d love to hear about your favorites for the year and consider joining us for the Book Pot Luck. Contact me by Jan. 20 with your recommendations so I can order copies for people to borrow that day.