Today’s suggested topic for Armchair BEA (click on button at left to be taken to site) is writing about the best books of this year that we’ve read. However, since I’ve read only one book from 2011 this year, and to be honest, I’m not one of those book bloggers that reads books from that same year. So as I usually do when it comes to events like this, I am going to subvert the rules and write about my favorite books of the past few years since I’ve been blogging about books, starting with this year.
- 2011: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- 2010: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
- 2009: The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
- 2008: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Others among my favorites that I’ve read in the last few years include:
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
- Memory by Donald E. Westlake
- Drowned Hopes by Donald E. Westlake
- Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin
Not to be arrogant, but my reviews pretty much speak for themselves on why I loved the books, the ones that have links to them. Those that don’t have links to them? I will comment only on the lesser known of the three: Drowned Hopes by Donald E. Westlake. The book is the seventh in Westlake’s series about John Dortmunder, the hapless burglar, and I think his best, even though I haven’t finished all of the series. It does help to have read the other in the series, but even on its own, it is a formidable work of art — mainly because of the way the plot is structured.
To learn more about Donald E. Westlake, check out my previous post written about him for last year’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week.
To learn more about me, check out yesterday’s post where I introduced myself to the Armchair BEA community.