Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday - Favorite Books of the Past 5 Years

Because, yes, I have been blogging lo these many years since 2007. Hard to believe.

1. Favorite book from 2007: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I had never read this before and I absolutely fell head over heels in love with it. (P.S. The movieis excellent as well. P.P.S. This is not about the American Civil War. It's set in England. Gaskell was a contemporary of Charles Dickens.)

2. Favorite book from 2008: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. I know. I can't believe I waited so long to read it, either.

3. Favorite book from 2009: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.Sure, there was a plot twist or two I could have done without. And I think you can tell the difference in the authors' styles. But overall, this is an excellent work of fiction. I own two copies. You never know when you'll need an extra, right? (The only other books I own multiple copies of: all the Jane Austen novels. Because, again, you can never have too many copies of those. What if someone borrows it and didn't give it back?!)

4. Favorite book from 2010: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. One of the best biographies ever written, if not the best. Truly amazing and inspiring.

5. Favorite book from 2011: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers.I thoroughly enjoyed all the Peter Wimsey books written by Sayers but this might have been my favorite. But then there's Murder Must Advertise and that might be my favorite too...

6. Favorite book from January 2012: Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London's Jazz Age by D. J. Taylor. This was a hard choice because I finished a lot of great books in January. I'm choosing this one because it inspired a lot more reading, which I think is the mark of a great book.

7. Favorite book from February 2012: The Storm of War by Andrew Roberts. The best book on WW2 that I've read this year.

8. Favorite book from March 2012: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. Highly informative and thought-provoking.

9. Favorite book from May 2012: Witch Wood by John Buchan. Rather a tough slog at the beginning but well worth the effort. Completely engrossing. (And no, this is not about witches, as such. This is an excellent example of what Christian Fiction ought to be: compelling fiction written by a Christian.)

And, because I sometimes say that "my favorite book is the one I'm reading right now," this is the book I've been working on lately:
10. The Complete Father Brown Mysteries by G. K. Chesterton.The version I'm reading is from our library and is a hefty 993 pages. I have no idea if the one I linked to from Amazon contains all the same things but it ought to be close. Some of the stories are better than others and I don't think Father Brown is my favorite amateur sleuth ever, but Chesterton's skill and wit are undeniable.

Can you remember your favorite book from 2007? Want to share what you're reading right now? Do tell in the comments.

This post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish.
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Tanya Patrice said...

Wow - it's amazing that you can remember back to your favorite book of 2007 - I can't - but I don't think I was reading much back then.

gautami tripathy said...

Lots of titles for me to pick for my reading pleasure!!

Here is my Top Ten post!

adinabb said...

Funny but I just watched the BBC's North and South yesterday. So good.

Marce said...

I enjoyed Guernsey, terrible title in my opinion for a great book.

Amy said...

I've read one, count 'em - 1 - from your list! I'm just nearly ashamed! And no way could I remember favorites. I should keep a list. But then I'd be ashamed at how short it was, lol. And to think I consider myself a 'reader'. Hmph.

MacKenzie said...

I didn't discover North and South until about a year ago and was shocked that the world was holding out on me.

And I have no idea what I was reading back in 2005 but I do believe this list has given me a few ideas of what to read in 2012.

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