Just Books

I’ve changed things on the Book-o-Meter. For starters, the title. As one friend so accurately put it, uh … where’s the meter??? What else is gone? My goofy little ranking system. It just made me go dizzy, which is a short trip for me. What’s left? Just books. Oh, and the highly coveted “Best Read of the Year” award. That stays. Feel free to post a comment.


  1. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson – (winner of Carla’s 2008 Best Read of the Year Award)
  2. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  3. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  4. Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner – A Memoir
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  6. The World Below by Sue Miller


  1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  3. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox – (winner of Carla’s 2009 Best Read of the Year Award)
  4. The Appeal by John Grisham
  5. Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  6. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
  7. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  8. Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
  9. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  10. The Gathering by Anne Enright
  11. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
  12. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  13. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


  1. Heaven Lake by John Dalton
  2. When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  3. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  4. Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
  5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  6. Homeport by Nora Roberts
  7. Blindness by José Saramago
  8. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  9. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  10. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
  11. One For the Money by Janet Evanovich
  12. The English Major by Jim Harrison
  13. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  14. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  15. The Anodyne Necklace by Martha Grimes
  16. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  17. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  18. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  19. The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry

Currently Reading:  The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


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