Oh, It’s All About the Books, ‘Bout the Books, ‘Bout the Books

October 19: I updated this page, adding some late arrivals.

I asked about 45 people if they would let me know 3 of their favorite reads of the year and 31 responded to my request.  Some cheated and tried to add more than three–those will be mentioned in another blog.

There were 3 repeats of titles, All The Light We Cannot See (4 readers), The Invention of Wings (2 readers), and Boys in the Boat (2 readers); those I listed only one time. 26 females and 5 males responded. Ages ranged from 15 to 70s.

Comments that came with books will be in another blog. If you didn’t respond yet and would like to, you can add your choices as a comment. 

1. The Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski
2. The Martian by Andy Weir
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
4. Summer Queen, Elizabeth Chadwick
5. Death On Blackheath by Anne Perry
6. A Call to Action-Women,Religion,Violence and Power by Jimmy Carter
7.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
8.Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
9.The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin
10.The Liars Club by Mary Karr
11. Viper Rum by Mary Karr
12. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
13. Atchafalaya Houseboat: My Years in the Louisiana Swamp by Gwen Roland
14. The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
15. In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki
16. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
17. Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
18. Barefoot to Avalon by David Payne
19. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
20. An Overland Journey From New York to San Francisco in The Summer of 1859 by Horace Greeley
21. Valley Forge by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen
22. Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
23.Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
24. Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
25. Zealot by Reza Aslan
26. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
27. Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
28. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
29. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
30. The World Made Straight by Ron Rash
31. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
32. Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway
33. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
34. Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander
35. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
36. The Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids
37. Hellhole by Gina Damico
38. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
39. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
40. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
41. Fire Shut up in My Soul by Charles Blow
42. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
43. The Devil Wins by Robert Parker
44. Death in Paradise by Robert Parker
45. The Cat Who Read Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun
46. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
47. A Cup of Light by Nicole Mones
48. Orphan Train by Christina Kline
49. Aqua Alta by Donna Leon
50. Brunetti’s Cookbook by Roberta Pianaro
51. Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
52. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
53. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
54. Necessary Lies by Diane Cumberland
55. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
56. The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault
57. Dorie by Florence Cope Bush
58. Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell
59. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
60. Trampoline by Robert Gipe
61. Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
62. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.
63. The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
64. The Brass Verdict  by Mitch Connelly
65. Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
66. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
67. Come Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
68. Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
69. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
70. Bloodroot by Amy Greene
71. Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry
72. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
73. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
74. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
75. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
76. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
77. The Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd Monk
78. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
79. It’s All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg
80. Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

Published by Judytwiga

I am a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys living close to the action in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the 1980s I created and published Zoo Connections, an international networking publication for non-animal zoo departments. Jobs over the years include working with the developmentally disabled, night front desk at a motel, assistant in development and membership at the NC Zoological Society, Customer Relations manager at Regal Entertainment Group, census enumerator, concessions at University of Tennessee, house cleaner, substitute teacher, sitter for children, houses, and pets. Freelance work at Knoxville News Sentinel and KnoxZine. Contributor to A Knoxville Christmas (2008,2007), and articles for the North Carolina Zoo website. Interested in anything except humorless people and politics. Enjoy reading, Scrabble, Catan, camping. I hold dear family (human and animal), friends, Kenya, Sunset Beach, NC and the Keys.

4 thoughts on “Oh, It’s All About the Books, ‘Bout the Books, ‘Bout the Books

  1. Aww this is such an incredible blog post! I loved reading this so much. I have had time to check out your blog and it’s awesome so keep it up! (:

    Liked by 1 person

  2. What a great list of books. With winter coming on your compiled list is a great place to pick out books and read. Do this again next year please.

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