Since it was so popular last time, I asked my husband to put together a list of the best books HE read this year. So today you get a break from me as I turn the blog over to Ben.
10) Inherit the Wind
“The individual human mind. In a child’s power to master the multiplication table there is more sanctity than in all your shouted ;Amens!’, ‘Holy, Holies!’ and ‘Hosannahs!’ An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is more of a miracle than any sticks turned to snakes, or the parting of waters!”
9) Crime and Punishment
One page into the book and you know you’re dealing with a writer simply on a different level.
8) Everything Beautiful Began After
Simon Van Booy’s short stories are some of the most poignant I’ve ever read, and his first novel held the same power.
7) Earth: The Audiobook
The first time I listened to this book I cried I laughed so hard. The second time I read this book I cried because of how sharp the satire was.
6) The Watchmen
The mystery and incredible artwork sucked me in and held my attention, but it wasn’t blowing me away. Then I got to the last chapter. I was knocked to the floor by an ending I didn’t see coming.
5) Goodbye, Chunky Rice
Craig Thompson, why must you break my heart so? Unspeakably beautiful and sad.
I’ve always admired (and had a huge crush on) Tina Fey. Her first book perfectly captures her self-effacing and self-deprecating humor that we’ve come to expect from one of the funniest voices of this generation.
I was fortunate enough to take a course in James Joyce taught by the amazing Jeri Johnson at the University of Oxford in England this summer. She opened my eyes to the sheer power of the most talented writer of the 20th century.
2) America, America
I think a large part of why I loved this book was because of Robertson Dean’s narration. The best narrator I’ve ever heard.
1) The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown is a genius. I love the Shakespeare references, the characters, the story, the pain, and the symmetry. The collective narrator is so unique and inventive. But above all, the command of language elevates this book above all I read this year. I would sometimes have to put the book down because the beauty of her sentences would reduce me to tears.
I hope you enjoyed Ben’s list, although I am a bit concerned that my husband may want to run off with Eleanor Brown now. Are the rest of your family members readers? What were some of their favorites?