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Christian Science Monitor’s Best Books: 2007 – Present

The Christian Science Monitor’s best books of 2007 – gleaned from those books which they reviewed over the year.

  1. Paula Spencer, by Roddy Doyle
  2. Zoli, by Colum McCann
  3. In The Country of Men, by Hisham Matar
  4. Lost City Radio, by Daniel Alarcon
  5. Finn, by Jon Clinch
  6. Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris
  7. HeyDay, by Kurt Andersen
  8. Boomsday, by Christopher Buckley
  9. Petropolis, by Anya Ulinich
  10. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon
  11. After Dark, by Haruki Murakami – read my review
  12. Maytrees, by Annie Dillard
  13. The Shadow Catcher, by Marianne Wiggins
  14. The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer
  15. Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
  16. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
  17. Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson
  18. Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo – read my review
  19. Run, by Ann Patchett

The Christian Science Monitor’s best books of 2008 – gleaned from those books which they reviewed over the year.

  1. A Golden Age, by Tahmima Anam
  2. The Konkans, by Tony D’Souza
  3. The Blue Star, by Tony Earley
  4. All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well, by Tod Wodicka
  5. So Brave, Young, and Handsome, by Leif Enger
  6. The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich – read my review
  7. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
  8. America, America, by Ethan Canin
  9. Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill – read my review
  10. Telex from Cuba, by Rachel Kushner
  11. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – read my review
  12. The Likeness, by Tana French
  13. The Black Tower, by Louis Bayard
  14. City of Refuge, by Tom Piazza – read my review
  15. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
  16. Home, by Marilynne Robinson
  17. The Given Day, by Dennis Lehane
  18. A Most Wanted Man, by John Le Carré
  19. Exit Music, by Ian Rankin
  20. Driftless, by David Rhodes
  21. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery – read my review
  22. Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh – read my review
  23. A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
  24. Serena, by Ron Rash
  25. I See You Everywhere, by Julia Glass

The Christian Science Monitor’s best books of 2009 – gleaned from those books which they reviewed over the year.

  1. Lark and Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips
  2. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett – read my review
  3. The Weight of Heaven, by Thrity Umrigar 
  4. Woodsburner, by John Pipkin
  5. The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann – read my review
  7. The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker
  8. Love and Summer, by William Trevor
  9. A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore
  10. Mathilda Savitch, by Victor Lodato
  11. The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt – read my review
  12. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel – read my review

The Christian Science Monitor’s best books of fiction of 2010 – gleaned from those books which they reviewed over the year.

  1. 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
  2. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, by Maaza Mengiste
  3. Ruby’s Spoon, by Anna Lawrence Pietroni
  4. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
  5. Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey
  6. Tinkers, by Paul Harding – read my review
  7. The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
  8. Faithful Place, by Tana French
  9. Room, by Emma Donoghue – read my review
  10. To the End of the Land, by David Grossman
  11. The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer – read my review

The Christian Science Monitor’s best books of fiction of 2011 – gleaned from those books which they reviewed over the year.

  1. Binocular Vision by Edith Perlman
  2. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht – read my review
  3. Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett – read my review
  5. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  6. IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
  7. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – read my review
  8. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
  9. The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
  10. Doc by Mary Doria Russell

The Christian Science Monitor’s best books of fiction of 2012 – gleaned from those books which they reviewed over the year.

  1. Arcadia by Lauren Groff
  2. Canada by Richard Ford
  3. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  4. Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  5. In The Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
  6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – read my review
  7. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – read my review
  8. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  9. The Round House by Louise Erdrich – read my review
  10. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
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