September 12, 2006

Top Ten for 2005

In no particular order, here is my Top Ten list for 2005. My original reviews will follow in the days to come.

1. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
2. Fifty Acres and A Poodle by Jeanne Marie Laskas
3. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
4. The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard
5. Dear Zoe by Philip Beard
6. Killer Smile by Lisa Scottoline
7. Ghost Rider by Neil Peart
8. Table for Five by Susan Wiggs
9. An Unfinished Marriage by Joan Anderson
10. The Cape Ann by Faith Sullivan

Honorable Mentions

11. Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy
12. Live Bait by P.J. Tracy
13. Dead Run by P.J. Tracy


  1. lol. I haven't read any of them. Looking forward to your reviews.

  2. Les ~ I just recommended FIFTY ACRES AND A POODLE to a bookclub. I don't know if it will be chosen, if not, I may read it for my "L" author. Glad to read that it's a Top 10 for you!

    I really enjoyed the PJ Tracy books, too!

    One of these days I will do a Thursday Thirteen. I just keep thinking it's too much work for me to "think" about a list.

    Ooooooohhhhhhhh...OKAY, I'll do an easy one, one that doesn't require much thinking. Come for a visit this evening (giving myself plenty of time) to see it...please. <--- I did that so that I am now committed to doing it today. YIKES! What was I thinking? I need to push publish before I backspace this entire post. Gotta go.

  3. Although I have added a couple of them to my never ending TBR list, teh only title on your list that I have read is "Owen Meany" These were my top 10 for 2005 (The year of the memoir!).

    10. Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
    9. St. Dale by Sharyn McCrumb
    8. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    7. The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus
    6. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehtinger
    5. Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
    4. History of Love by Nicole Krauss
    3. Flying Through Midnight by John Halliday
    2. Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
    1. A Million Little Pieces & My Friend Leonard by James Frey

  4. I love A Prayer for Owen Meany. Seems like that's either a book people hate or love. No in between. Anyway, I'm going to look into these P.J. Tracy books now :)

  5. Hah, me neither, tanabata! I'll have to remedy that.

  6. Nat & Lesley - Hope you enjoy the upcoming reviews and find something that piques your interest.

    Joy - Hope you enjoy Fifty Acres and A Poodle. It's full of great anecdotes that will make you laugh out-loud. BTW, I'm glad you did a Thursday Thirteen. Like you, I keep adding to my TBR list, thanks to all my book buddies.

    Lee - You mean to tell me you STILL haven't read any of the PJ Tracy books?! I really think you'll enjoy them. The only one on your list that I finished is The Glass Castle. Tried to get into The Tender Bar, but the timing may have been wrong. I still want to read The History of Love. Had it from the library and didn't get to it in time. It's still on my list, though.

    Iliana - I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany both times I read; maybe even more so the second time around. I may have laughed more the first time, especially when Owen was young. There are some hysterical scenes in the book. Of course, the movie adaptation was a bust, imho.

  7. I haven't read any of these books but I've got some on my piles, so I'm really glad to see you enjoyed them.

    I particularly need to get around to reading Owen Meany. I've had it forever but I think the novel intimidates me because I remember the detail in Cider House Rules was just a bit too much when I tried it (although I enjoyed what I read and want to get back to it one day; sometimes I have to go for light reads for a while).

  8. Nancy - I've had The Cider House Rules in my stacks ever since I saw (and loved) the movie. I really want to read it, especially since I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany and haven't read anything else by Irving.


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