May 13th, 2011

Reading

Book meme day 14

14. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

I have kept a list of all of the books I read and buy for almost a decade. It's not a list of my library, as I get a lot of books for free (five this week!) and also give books away regularly, but it does help me stay on touch with what I have read, and if my book buying habits are staying in line with my reading habits. But looking at the period from June of last year to this year May it would be really hard not to say the best book was anything other than Vanity Fair, which is really just a tremendous novel (though Persuasion gives it a run for the money, less bulk but just as much insight into society's many lies}, but for raw pleasure Jasper Fforde's The Last Dragonslayer was unputdownable, and Evelyn Waugh's The Beloved will have me laughing to my grave.