Straight from The Broke and the Bookish comes this Tuesday’s question:
What are your best books of the year?
7. Mrs. Dalloway: I was pondering over whether to include this book. While I wouldn’t say it was one of my favourite reads, it has potential. I really need to read it again to get more appreciation for it.
6. Son Excellence, Eugène Rougon: so interesting to learn all about French politics under the Second Empire. Again, Zola’s wonderful descriptive powers made the journey into this story delightful!
5. The Old Man and the Sea: It redeemed my opinion of Hemingway and made me willing to try more of his reads. Very enjoyable!
4. The Warden: I had no idea Trollope was so much fun! I’m going to read the whole Barset Chronicles series.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: I’d read it as a child, but as an adult I was blown away by the various scholarly themes imbedded in it ……… Pascal, Plato, the chronicles had them all.
2. The Odyssey: a re-read and a read-along. I truly gained a much greater love for this poem reading it the second time.
1. Paradise Lost: I’d been scared of this poem for years but I decided to plunge in with a read-along and what a plunge! Milton's use of the English language is masterfully stunning; I looked forward to every section read and every post on my blog. Simple amazing!
Seven books was all I could come up with. I’ve realized that I had a much better “line-up” at the beginning of last year. I’m assuming that was simply coincidence, however I’m glad that I’ve posted on this topic because it will help me be more choosy in my reads for the rest of the year.
What about you? What are your favourite books for the year? Have you had good luck or bad luck with your choices?