Book Recs

In 2011, I started keeping a list of every book I read. From there, I narrowed it to the best 7 books of each year (limited to first-time encounters). This is that list.


A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Revelation of Love by Julian of Norwich


The Wall by Marlen Haushofer
The Day on Fire by James Ramsey Ullman
July, July by Tim O’Brien
The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle
Good Woman by Lucille Clifton
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans


The Terrible Stories by Lucille Clifton
Quiet by Susan Cain
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
The Handmaid’s Tale by Magaret Atwood
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard


A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L’Engle
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Home by Julie Andrews
Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak


And Both Were Young by Madeleine L’Engle
Certain Women by Madeleine L’Engle
A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Freedom Writer’s Diary by Erin Gruwell


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Quilting by Lucille Clifton