The prompt for this week indicates that we should restrict “recent” to the past three years. I’m taking that to mean “books I’ve read for the first time in the last three years,” not “published in the last three years” (although a significant number have turned out to be just that). Here’s what I came up with:
- The Magicians – Lev Grossman. Basically Harry Potter, The College Years with a healthy dose of Narnia thrown in. So, yeah, awesome.
- The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson. Easily one of the best horror stories I’ve ever read. So wonderfully creepy.
- The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides. I read this on my honeymoon, and thus didn’t get a chance to review it (both because, well, honeymoon and because we moved down to South Carolina shortly thereafter). But I really enjoyed it, and I think it earns a place on my All-Time Favorites shelf (although that shelf is getting pretty large and unwieldy these days).
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman. Just…spectacular. I’ve gone on and on about this book, so I won’t do it again here, but just read it. Trust me.
- The Silent Wife – A. S. A. Harrison. Sadly, Harrison’s fantastic debut novel was to be her only novel, as she passed away shortly before The Silent Wife was published.
- Joyland – Stephen King. I don’t know quite what it is about this book, but I really, really enjoyed it. Maybe because for once it was a sort of short, simple novel, whereas a lot of King’s other books are much heftier. Joyland was a light, quick, easy read, and one heck of a fun ride.
- The Langoliers – Stephen King. A novella from King’s collection Four Past Midnight, The Langoliers is an incredibly spooky story that will leave you with questions about time travel and parallel dimensions that even the master of horror himself can’t quite answer.
- Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, and Dark Places – Gillian Flynn. I didn’t want to finish out my list with Ms. Flynn—even though I could have, her books are so good—so I’m counting these as one, even though the only common threads between them are their unreliable female narrators and lots of dark, twisty stuff that you probably don’t want to think about.
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier. I just re-read this one recently and it’s just as good as the first time I read it (i.e., AMAZING). Classic Gothic horror, with a little bit of romance thrown in. It’s awesome.
- 14 – Peter Clines. A super fun story about a possibly-haunted, possibly just really WTF building in Los Angeles. I originally read it on NetGalley and recently bought a hard copy so I could read it again, and it was just as awesome as when I read it the first time.
I would absolutely recommend any one of these books. Check out the links for more info and to see if any of them are for you!
What books have made it onto your all-time favorites list in the past few years?by