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Oh my goodness, the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish have given quite the challenge this week! They've asked for your top ten books in the last three years. I've been working on this for weeks, but I'm going to top out at nine. Choosing that tenth book is impossible. It's, literally, a 14-way tie. The top nine, however, didn't give me much trouble at all.
Laura Hillenbrand is at the top of my list of phenomenal writers. Seabiscuit is my favorite read of the last three years, and might be my favorite read of all time. (Perhaps tied with Pride and Prejudice.) And it's sacrilege to not list Unbroken.
One of my favorite writers, Michael Perry, grew up not far from where I did, and his characters are my people. We went to the same university, and our paths crossed through the years when we gave readings together (I read my poetry, he read his nonfiction and humor pieces). His books are full of down-to-earth people, humor, and heart. Plus, brilliant writing.
Two of my favorite biographies of the past few years are Elizabeth the Queen and Destiny of the Republic. Both are wonderful in every way.
I love reading about history, and I especially enjoy books that take one episode of history and expand it into a big juicy book. My two favorite recent history reads are In the Kingdom of Ice and One Summer: America, 1927. I loved every moment of both.
And my favorite novel of the past three years was my re-read of To Kill a Mockingbird (read before the recent "new novel" bombshell, I might add). I really can't imagine a better work of fiction.
What are your favorite reads of the last three years?