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Best Books of 2023

Wellness by Nathan Hill

The Rachel Incident by Caroline O'Donoghue

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy

The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li

The Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier

Best Books of 2022

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

Either/Or by Elif Batuman

Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse

In the Drink by Kate Christensen

Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon

Ducks by Kate Beaton

Best Books of 2021

The Group by Mary McCarthy
Transcendent Kingdom by Yea Gyasi
The Souvenir Museum by Elizabeth McCracken
The Trees and Telephone by Percival Everett
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King
Intimacies by Katie Kitamura

Best Books of 2020

Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
True Story by Kate Reed Petty
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
F*ckface and Other Stories by Leah Hampton
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
These Women by Ivy Pochoda

Best Books of 2019

A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen
Milkman by Anna Burns
The Churchgoer by Patrick Coleman
The New Me by Halle Butler
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
The Body Lies by Jo Baker
The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett

Best Books of 2018

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky
Kudos by Rachel Cusk
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

Best Books of 2017

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
The Trespasser by Tana French

Best Books of 2016

Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present by Alison Matthews David

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Commonwealth by Anne Patchett
Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Best Books of 2015

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Daydreams of Angels by Heather O'Neill
The Story of a New Name & Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Fallout by Sadie Jones
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Best Books of 2014

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig
History of the Rain by Niall Williams

Best Books of 2013

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Collector by John Fowles
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington
In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century by Geert Mak
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Tenth of December by George Saunders

Best Books of 2012

The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Best Books of 2011

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.
Doc by Mary Doria Russell.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Hark a Vagrant by Kate Beaton.
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel.

Best Books of 2010

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson.
The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh.
Queenpin by Megan Abbott.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

Best Books of 2009

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman.
The Likeness by Tana French.
Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman.
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.











About Me

Currently in Bloomington, Illinois, I grew up in Canada (Edmonton and London), went to university in Arizona and have lived since in England (Warwick and Wantage), France (Paris), Germany (Munich) and South Carolina (Greenville).



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Libraries: Bloomington Public Library, Greenville County Library System (Ramsey Family Branch)

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