- Chocolat by Joanne Harris
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Anna Karenina by
Leo Tolstoy of Water by Alan Drew (Early Reviewers copy - my review) Gardens
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (non-fiction; my review)
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (graphic novel - my review)
- Year of Wonders: a Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
- Interpreter of Maladies (stories) by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Wild Life by Molly Gloss (my review)
by Andrea Levy (my review) Small Island
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
- The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
- Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (my review)
- The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell (non-fiction; my review)
- Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
- Mrs. Palfrey at the
by Elizabeth Taylor Claremont
- At Mrs. Lippincote's by Elizabeth Taylor
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (my review)
- The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich – I love Erdrich's writing and couldn’t wait to dive into this. I thought it was great until the last 50 pages or so and IMO it just fell apart.
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (audio) - overrated. Much of it was about Krakauer.
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson – silly story, not all that well written.
- The Gathering by Anne Enright – bleak novel, good writing, just not a good read. Much attention to male body parts. This won the Booker Prize – there's no accounting for taste.
Waste of natural resources:
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – I really do not understand the fuss about this book. I’ve been told it’s much better in its original Portuguese.
- Digging to America by Anne Tyler – I am apparently NOT an Anne Tyler fan. I thought this was dreadful.
- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah (Early Review book) – this was an appallingly bad book.
- Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
- The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton