I look forward to this countdown every year. You can see my previous years here. This year I read mroe than the last two years, and I found it more difficult to sort through my favorites. So I decided to have some honorable mentions this year.
The first might be surprising for not making the Top Ten but I must tell you it requires a second reading for me , Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece Brideshead Revisited. Most consider this one of the best novels of the 20th Century, and I don’t deny those claims. Waugh’s style of prose is by far some of my favorite. He was able to capture characters so well. So well in fact I got lost in the plot and didn’t fine my way our at the end of the book. Hence, it requires another reading. Look for it a future top ten.
For the last two years there has always been a token Agatha Christie novel on the list. However, my does of Christie was rather sparse this year, limited to a novella, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. Christie’s signature sleuth solves an unsolvable case deftly. At the same time Christie is able to play with the difficulties in families during Christmas time. This is the perfect time of year to read it, so pick it up during your Christmas down time.
Finally, on a totally different note I’d like to mention John Battelle’s informative The Search. It catalogues the history of the search engine through the development of the internet from search’s inceptive in the early 90’s to the defy search analytics of the Google. It was an easy, informative read but frankly with the advent of social media things changed drastically leaving this as ancient internet history, due to its 2005 publish date. It is in need of an update.