Wednesday, 25 January 2012

International Book Club Top 10 Books

International Book Club Top 10 Books
Since 2001, we've had our international book club, since 2002 we have been rating the books we read at the end of our reading year. Here are the top 10 lists of those years:

Top 10 * 2010/2011
1. November: Lee, Harper “To Kill a Mockingbird” --- 4.13
2. June: Hosseini, Khaled “A Thousand Splendid Suns” --- 4.09
3. May: Hirsi Ali, Ayaan “Nomad” --- 4.00
4. August: Falcones, Ildefonso “Cathedral of the Sea” --- 3.89
5. January: Zusak, Markus “The Book Thief” --- 3.85
6. April: Mortenson, Greg “Stones into Schools” --- 3.75
7. March: Hamsun, Knut „Pan“ --- 3.73
8. October: Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society” --- 3.70
9. September: Abdolah, Kader “The House of the Mosque” --- 3.44
10. December: Müller, Herta “The appointment” --- 2.91
11. February: Tekin, Latife “Swords of Ice” --- 2.81

Top 10 * 2009/2010
1. Buck, Pearl S “The Good Earth” --- 3.95
2. Dallaire, Roméo “Shake Hands With The Devil” --- 3.67
3. Mercier, Pascal “Night Train to Lisbon” --- 3.57
4. Griffin, John Howard “Black like me“ --- 3.36
5. Gruen, Sara “Water for Elephants” --- 3.24
6. Lamb, Wally "The Hour I First Believed" --- 3.20
7. Moore, Christopher “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff” --- 3.00
8. Woolf, Virginia “To the Lighthouse“ --- 2.75
9. Troyanov, Ilija “The Collector of Worlds” --- 2.50
10. Wisner, Franz „How the World Makes Love" --- 2.47

Top 10 * 2008/2009
1. Mortenson, Greg "Three Cups of Tea” --- 4.07
2. Cather, Willa “My Ántonia” --- 4.00
3. Steinbeck, John "The Grapes of Wrath" --- 3.73
4. Lawson, Mary “The Other Side of the Bridge" --- 3.71
5. Picoult, Jodi "My Sister's Keeper" --- 3.44
6. Albom, Mitch "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" --- 3.438
7. Arnold, Gaynor "Girl in a Blue Dress" --- 3.42
8. Boyne, John "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" --- 3.20
9. Stone, Irving “The Agony and the Ecstasy” --- 3.00
10. García Márquez, Gabriel "Love in the Time of Cholera" --- 2.90
11. Lessing, Doris "The Golden Notebook" --- 1.33

Top 10 * 2007/2008
1. Hosseini, Khaled “The Kite Runner” --- 3.94
2. Hirsi Ali, Ayaan “Infidel: My Life” --- 3.75
2. Zweig, Stefanie “Nowhere in Africa” --- 3.75
4. McCall Smith, Alexander “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency” --- 3.69
5. Urquhart, Jane “The Stone Carvers” --- 3.64
7. Edwards, Kim “The Memory Keeper's Daughter” --- 3.47
8. Pollock, David C., & Van Reken, Ruth “Third Culture Kids” --- 3.09
9. Mann, Thomas “Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family” --- 3.00
9. Moggach, Deborah “Tulip Fever” --- 3.00
10. Buruma, Ian “Murder in Amsterdam” --- 2.80

Top 10 * 2006/2007
1. Ruíz Zafón, Carlos "The Shadow of the Wind” --- 4.18
2. Mosse, Kate "Labyrinth” --- 4.00
3. Noor Al-Hussein, Queen of Jordan "A Leap of Faith" --- 3.92
4. Waltari, Mika "The Dark Angel” --- 3.73
5. Wiesel, Elie "Night” --- 3.35
6. Eliot, George "Middlemarch” --- 3.30
7. Sobel, Dava "Galileo's Daughter” --- 3.25
8. Mason, Daniel "The Piano Tuner" --- 3.08
8. Bender, Sue "Plain and Simple" --- 3.08
9. Gavalda, Anna "Hunting and Gathering” --- 3.07
11. Lewycka, Marina "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" --- 3.00

Top 10 * 2005/06
1. Fredriksson, Marianne “Hanna's Daughters” --- 4.27
2. Golden, Arthur “Memoirs of a Geisha" --- 3.93
3. Tolstoi, Leo “Anna Karenina” --- 3.86
4. Waltari, Mika “The Egyptian” --- 3.82
5. Shakib, Siba “Afghanistan: Where God only Comes to Weep” --- 3.40
6. Austen, Jane “Persuasion” --- 3.39
7. Niffenegger, Audrey “The Time Traveler's Wife” --- 3.00
9. Noble, Elizabeth “The Reading Group” --- 2.60
10. Dostoewski, Fyodor “The Adolescent” --- 2.30
11. White, Colin & Boucke, Laurie “The UnDutchables” --- 2.25

Top 10 * 2004/05
1. Lamb, Christina "The Sewing Circles of Herat" --- 4.00
2. Kidd, Sue Monk "The Secret Life of Bees" --- 3.90
3. Ghosh, Amitav "The Glass Palace" --- 3.83
4. de Loo, Tessa "The Twins" --- 3.79
5. Nichols, Peter "A Voyage for Madmen" --- 3.33
7. Cullen, Bill "It's a long way from Penny Apples" --- 2.80
8. McCall Smith, Alexander "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" --- 2.69
9. MacDonald, Ann-Marie "The Way the Crow Flies" --- 2.30
11. Glover, Douglas "Elle" --- 2.00

Top 10 * 2003/04
1. Lawson, Mary "Crow Lake" --- 4.31
2. Turner, Nancy E. "These is my Words" --- 4.08
3. Sawyer, Anh Vu “Song of Saigon” --- 3.81
4. Landvik, Lorna "Welcome to The Great Mysterious" --- 3.70
5. Clinton, Hillary Rodham "Living History" --- 3.67
6. Wharton, Edith "The House of Mirth" --- 2.93
7. Mulisch, Harry "The Discovery of Heaven" --- 2.89
8. Chabon, Michael "Summerland" --- 2.75
9. Syal, Meera "Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee" --- 2.42
10. Leapman, Michael "The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild" --- 2.00

Top 10 * 2002/03
1. Kingsolver, Barbara “Prodigal Summer” --- 4.38
2. Eliot, George “Daniel Deronda” --- 4.33
3. Tademy, Lalita “Cane River” --- 4.00
4. Harris, Joanne “Five Quarters of the Orange” --- 3.57
5. Fuller, Alexandra ”Don't let's go to the dogs tonight” --- 3.29
6. van Loon, Karel “A Father's Affair” --- 3.00
7. Soueif, Ahdaf “The Map of Love” --- 2.75
8. McEwan, Ian “Atonement” --- 2.67
9. Lanchester, John “The Debt to Pleasure” --- 1.40

Top 10 * 2001/02
This was our first year and we did not vote on these books (which we read in the following order).
Milton, Giles “Nathaniel's Nutmeg
Letts, Billie “Where the Heart is
Kingsolver, Barbara “The Poisonwood Bible
Chevalier, Tracy "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
Vreeland, Susan "Girl in Hyacinth Blue"
MacDonald, Ann-Marie "Fall on Your Knees"
Wells, Rebecca "Little Altars Everywhere"
Tan, Amy "The Joy Luck Club"
Woolfolk Cross, Donna "Pope Joan"
Ishiguro, Kazuo “When we were orphans
Mistry, Rohinton “A Fine Balance

2 comments:

  1. WOW Marianne, I loooove how you setup this post and you linked to the book post as well.

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  2. Thanks, Suzanne, the actual post wasn't that much work, I already had a similar list on facebook. And since I have saved all my links (;-)) ... Still, I have to thank my friend Julie for that, she inspired me to post this on here, too. I am just so lucky to have such a wonderful group of women and to always find new ones when the older ones have left, that it is no problem to come up with good reading material. :-D

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