So here’s my top ten list for the year, succinctly summarized for you, with a bonus thrown in. Enjoy, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker
Two lawmen attempt to contain outlaws in the Old West.
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
Offbeat vampire love story.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Correspondence between friends on the Guernsey Islands. Fictional but you would swear these letters and stories are real.
Joyland by Stephen King
Young carny tries to solve murder mystery during his summer break in 1973.
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The top novel on the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
You would think that a book about college rowers trying to make the 1936 Olympics would be a snoozer, but it’s just the opposite!
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
Two grown brothers, one’s a real quirky dude, hit the trail in a historical wagon during modern times.
Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy
Biography on the legend.
Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest by Carl Hoffman
Hoffman tries to solve the mystery of Rockefeller’s death once and for all.
The WWE Attitude Era by Jon Robinson
A trot down memory lane during the explosive WWE attitude era of professional wrestling.
And for those adventurous enough to borrow through SearchOhio:
Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession by Dave Jamieson
Fascinating look at the history of baseball cards in America.