Favourite Books of the Year

Each year, at the Christmas party, we vote for the best book that we have read with the group during the year:

2023Still LifeLessons in Chemistry
2022The Morning GiftThe Island of Missing Trees
2021HamnetThe Mountains Sing
2020American DirtAirhead
The Greengage Summer
This Terrible Beauty
Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race
2019The Sealwoman's GiftMilkman
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
The Country Girls
2018Home FireA Fine Balance
2017My Name is LeonFlowers for Algernon
2016The BeesAll the Light we cannot see
A Place called Winter
2015GuernicaThe Rosie Project
2014The LowlandsLife After Life
The Garden of Evening Mists
2013MoonfleetThe Hare with the Amber Eyes
Gone Girl
2012How to be a Woman
The Hunger Games
True Grit
2011The HelpThe Long Song
2010BrooklynI Capture the Castle
American Wife
2009The Road HomeCellist of Sarajevo
2008A Thousand Splendid SunsOne Good Turn / Crow Lake/
Agent Zigzag / Fallen Skies
2007The NightwatchEngland's Mistress
2006The Kite RunnerIncendiary
2005Ice RoadSmall Island
2004Death of a PenguinThe Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night
Star of the Sea
2003AtonementCold Comfort Farm
2002Year of WondersMiss Garnett's Angel
Blue Poppies
2001A Star called HenryDriving over Lemons
2000ChocolatLarry's Party
1996-2000BirdsongCaptain Corelli's Mandolin

At the Christmas party for 2016, celebrating also our 20th birthday and the fact that we had read 179 books together we decided to each vote on our favourite three books to date. Our choices were very diverse; 6 books were nominated by 2 of the group while a further 15 got one nomination each.

Two votes Birdsong
Blue Poppies
Driving over Lemons
Miss Garnet's Angel
The Lowlands
Year of Wonders
One vote A Place called Winter
A Thousand Splendid Suns
American Wife
Angela's Ashes
Captain Corelli
Death of a Penguin
Ice Road
Life after Life
Tell me who I am again
The Cellist of Sarajevo
The Hare with the Amber Eyes
The Help
Wolf Hall