A Book for Every Year…

I got the idea for this post primarily from the brilliant Christa over at A Voluptuous Mind who posed a list earlier in the year of her favourite movies from every year she has been alive.

I got to thinking what my favourite books would be and inspired by the 1951 Club, I thought I would list my choice for the best books of 1971 to 2015! The reason I’m stopping at 2015 is because I didn’t read any notable new releases in 2016 or so far this year given my on-going book ban. Some years were easier than others – 1971 was pretty tough, but I had to debate between several books for 1993! Some were read at the time (although obviously I wasn’t reading John Berger on my first birthday!) and some only recently, but they represent a selection of some of my favourite books!

So, let’s kick off and see if any of your favourites are here too!

1971 – 1980

1971: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

1972: Ways of Seeing by John Berger

1973: Deenie by Judy Blume

1974: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig

1975: American Buffalo by David Mamet

1976: Will you Please be Quiet, Please by Raymond Carver

1977: Dispatches by Michael Herr

1978: Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

1979: The Executioners Song by Norman Mailer

1980: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

1981 – 1990

1981: Good Behaviour by Molly Keane

1982: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend

1983: Fool for Love by Sam Sheperd

1984: Money by Martin Amis

1985: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1986: Perfume by Patrick Suskind

1987: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

1988: Libra by Don DeLillo

1989: A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving

1990: Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

1991 – 2000

1991: Seeing Things by Seamus Heaney

1992: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

1993: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha! By Roddy Doyle

1994: The Skriker by Caryl Churchill

1995: Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

1996: Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane

1997: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

1998: Birds of America by Lorrie Moore

1999: Plainsong by Kent Haruf

2000: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

2001 – 2010

2001: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

2002: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

2003: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

2004: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

2005: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

2006: The Arrival by Shaun Tan

2007: Remainder by Tom McCarthy

2008: A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

2009: A Scattering Christopher Reid

2010: A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

2011 – 2015

2011: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

2012: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

2013: Tenth of December by George Saunders

2014: A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

2015: Tender by Belinda McKeon

Any of these take you back to a specific year? Or is anyone else tempted to make a list of their own? I’d quite like to do the same for music and movies, if I can find the time!


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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. Ooh, this is such a cool idea! I might do this as well, although I’m not sure if I’ve read books from all the years I’ve been alive… I guess I’ll find out once I get into it, though. 🙂
    Great list you’ve got here too. Lots of books that are still on my TBR, and others that I’ve read and loved – like The New York Trilogy and We Need To Talk About Kevin (which was heavy :O )

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  2. Some fabulous choices here Cathy. Some of my favourites are included like Bel Canto and The God of Small Things (which I finished reading last week in fact). Lots of reminders though of titles I once meant to read but never got around to

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  3. I can’t recall if I ever got around to reading Tales of the City. I might have, but could only be thinking of the mini-series which I loved and have watched more than once. The Olympia Dukakis character really caught my interest.

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  4. How clever! Lots of favorites on this list for me – Bel Canto, The Blind Assassin, Tenth of December – but I also very much loved the Sue Townsend Adrian Mole book – we read it (the first two books) in my book group ages ago and it was so very funny. I had forgotten about that one.

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  5. An interesting list and quite a few of my favourites on there. Not many women on it and I rather suspect if I did the same exercise it would be just as male dominated. I might give this a go at some point just to see …

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    • Yes, only 18 women on the list. I would say that has a lot to do with my school and uni English education, where men were mostly on the curriculum. I’ve read far more women in the last ten or fifteen years, but I’m very aware that my reading in my 20s was very male dominated.


  6. This is a fun exercise! I’m not sure if I could fill in all the years… but it would be fun to find out.
    The Blind Assassin and Bel Canto are a couple of my favourites!

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