2012

Year in Review

Sarah Waters’ wonderful 2006 tale of forbidden love in the shadows before and after Blitz Britain, The Night Watch, earned the top spot in the list of favourite titles read this year by the Loveliest Book Group, according to a December survey of current members.

The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith’s deliciously black novel, earned the No. 2 spot, followed closely by Evelyn Waugh’s classic, Brideshead Revisited.

Overall, the group said the 2012 library, which included a Man Booker Winner (A Sense of an Ending) reversed the a four-year trend of declining quality.

Rating Table 2012

Title Rating Owner
1 The Night Watch by Sarah Waters 2.63 EmmaJ
2 The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith 2.25 Catherine
3 Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 1.69 John
4 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 1.60 Baljit
5 The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis 1.41 Miranda
6 A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 1.03 Sue
Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor 1.03 DKB
8 Hard Times by Charles Dickens 0.47 Catherine
9 Oedipus the King by Sophocles 0.28 John
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald 0.28 DKB
11 In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin 0.00 Anthony
12 The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee 0.00 EmmaT

Complete Choices 2012

Choices for 2012 include:

December – Santa

  • The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

November – Catherine

  • The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

October – Baljit

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Winter Journal by Paul Auster
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

September – John

August – EmmaJ

  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne
  • Wise Children by Angela Carter

July – EmmaT

June – DKB

May – Sue

  • A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

April – Miranda

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis
  • The War of The Worlds by H.G Wells
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

March – Anthony

  • In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
  • Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
  • Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest by Bear Gryls

February – Catherine

  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • Alma Cogan by Gordon Burn
  • What to Look for in Winter by Candia McWilliam

January – John

  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene