Favorite Fiction, 2010 – 2019

I realize the “right” time to do this was in December, when everyone else was doing decade retrospectives,  but it takes a while to pore through ~2000 titles!    These are in rough chronological order.


  1.  Horatio Hornblower series, C.S. Forester.  Napoleonic naval action, made all the better by a fantastic series on A&E based on some of the ‘young Hornblower’ stories.
  2. Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe, Saxon Stories, and Arthur books. I praise Cornwell enough here that any readers should know his strengths!
  3. The Sea Wolf, Jack London. A fascinating tale of a soft professor  who is rescued by a Nietzschean wild man; this one is rich with philosophy, and is possibly my favorite piece by London.
  4. 11/22/63, Stephen King. A superb mix of historical fiction and character drama, with some King creepiness .
  5. Star Trek: Destiny, David Mack.    Destiny is a legend in Treklit reading circles, that’s all I can say.
  6. Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry .   My favorite novel – period.
  7. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,  Robert Heinlein .  The story of independence…on the moon!
  8. The Chosen, Chaim Potok.   Two Jewish boys’ coming of age, amid the challenges of modernity — including the Holocaust.
  9. Sphere, Michael Crichton
  10. Bertie and Wooster tales, P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse is my sunshine on a cloudy day;  a never-failing pick-me-up.
  11. The Circle, Dave Eggers
  12. Ancestral Shadows, Russell Kirk.  Ghostly stories with themes of revenge and redemption.
  13. Redshirts, John Scalzi . A Star Trek parody with tear-worthy codas.
  14. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline.    Oh, man, where to begin — a global community holodeck,  fully loaded with eighties nostalgia and geek culture references.
  15. Little  Brother, Cory Doctorow    An exciting YA novel in which San Francisco becomes a police state, resisted by  teenage crypto-activists.
  16. The Martian, Andy Weir. 
  17. Star Trek Disavowed/Control, David Mack. The  grand finale to the mystery and threat of Section 31.
  18. Daemon/Freedom, Daniel Suarez.   Probably my favorite techno-thrillers, one which a computer program begins building its own state.
  19. Becoming Mrs Lewis, Patti Callahan.  A novel about one of my favorite literary people, C.S. Lewis, and the unexpected love of his life.
  20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy.


Next up:     favorite nonfiction.  That’s going to be…..a lot harder.

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7 Responses to Favorite Fiction, 2010 – 2019

  1. great book study says:

    I read The Chosen many years ago, and while I have forgotten so much about it, I remember liking it very much. I hope to read it again. And of course, I do agree w/ W&P. One day I’d like to read Becoming Mrs. Lewis. Looking forward to your list of favorite fiction.

  2. Mudpuddle says:

    i’ve read six of those and the others sound appealing… tx for listing them…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Haven’t read any Forester but I have at least one coming up ‘soon’. Read LOTS of Cornwell but still have a few Sharpe to go. Still haven’t read any of his Saxon series though!! Been meaning to read Sea Wolf for ages. Guess I need to buy a copy first! Read Harsh Mistress in my teens. Will be reviewing RPO next week. Picked up some Doctorow so he’s on my read ‘soon’ list… LOVED The Martian – book & film. Will try Tolstoy post-retirement.

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