Favourites from 2003 to 2015*

 

2015  
David Mitchell The bone clocks
A.L. Snijders Ruim water
Jenny Offill Dept. of speculation
Antony Beevor Het Ardennenoffensief
Jan Vantoortelboom Meester mitraillette
Wolfgang Herrndorf Tsjik
Griet Op de Beeck Vele hemels boven de zevende
Karen Köhler Vuurpijlen vangen
Adam Zamoyski 1812
Mathijs Deen De Wadden
   
2014  
Patrick Ness A monster calls
Anna Seghers Het zevende kruis
Patrick Leigh Fermor Between the woods and the water
Truman Capote In cold blood
Valeria Luiselli De gewichtlozen
Frank Westerman Stikvallei
Kate Atkinson Life after life
Sten Nadolny
De ontdekking van het langzame leven
Harper Lee To kill a mockingbird
Olivia Manning The Balkan Trilogy
   
2013  
Hans Fallada Alleen in Berlijn
John Williams Stoner
Eugen Ruge In tijden van afnemend licht
Nico Dros Oorlogsparadijs
David Mitchell
Cloud atlas
Valeria Luiselli Valse Papieren
Jesús Carrasco
De vlucht
Elias Canetti De behouden tong
Dave Eggers The circle
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah
   
2012  
Alexandre Dumas De graaf van Montecristo
Bruce Chatwin The songlines
Jonathan Safran Foer Eating animals
Teju Cole Open city
Ryszard Kapuscinski The shadow of the sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a yellow sun
Hilary Mantel Bring up the bodies
Patti Smith Just kids
Chad Harbach The art of fielding
Erich Maria Remarque Van het westelijk front geen nieuws
   
2011  
Bill Bryson A short history of nearly everything
Jonathan Littell De welwillenden
David Mitchell The thousand autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Frank Westerman Ingenieurs van de ziel
Fred Uhlman Hereniging
Jennifer Egan A visit from the goon squad
Sherwood Anderso Winesburg, Ohio
Marjane Satrapi Persepolis
Jaap Scholten Kameraad baron
Karl Marlantes Matterhorn
   
2010  
Geert Mak Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam
Art Spiegelman The complete Maus
Luc Sante Low life
Apostolos Doxiadis Logicomix
Bret Easton Ellis Less than zero
Stefan Zweig Schaaknovelle
Philip Huff Dagen van gras
Tony Kushner Angels in America
Jacoba van Velde De grote zaal
Jaap Scholten De wet van Spengler
   
2009  
Cormac McCarthy The road
Bernlef Hersenschimmen
Kazuo Ishiguro Never let me go
Kate Summerscale The suspicions of Mr Whicher
J.M. Coetzee Disgrace
Joseph O'Neill Netherland
George Orwell Shooting an elephant and other essays
Paul  Auster The New York trilogy
Hilary Mantel Wolf hall
Herta Müller Ademschommel
   
2008  
Sylvia Plath The bell jar
Ernest Hemingway The complete short stories
Virginia Woolf Orlando
Ian McEwan Saturday
Lewis Carroll Alice's adventures in Wonderland + Through the looking glass
John Milton Paradise lost
Angela Carter Nights at the circus
James Hogg The private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner
A.S. Byatt Possession
Nick Hornby High fidelity
   
2007  
Ernest Hemingway The old man and the sea
Jonathan Safran Foer Extremely loud & incredibly close
Elie Wiesel Night
Arthur Miller Death of a salesman
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the deathly hallows
Ian McEwan Atonement
Ernest Hemingway A farewell to arms
Patrick O'Brian Master and commander 
Voltaire Candide
Philip Roth Everyman
   
2006  
John Steinbeck Of mice and men
Milan Kundera De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan
Thomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Ernest Hemingway For whom the bell tolls
Ryszard Kapuscinski Reizen met Herodotos
Knut Hamsun Honger
Jonathan Safran Foer Everything is illuminated
Bob Dylan Chronicles, part one
Paul Bowles The sheltering sky
Albert Camus De vreemdeling
   
2005  
Salman Rushdie Midnight's children
Kazuo Ishiguro The remains of the day
Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway
E.M. Forster A passage to India
Ernest Hemingway The sun also rises
Nescio De uitvreter, Titaantjes, Dichtertje, Mene tekel
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the half-blood prince
Vladimir Nabokov Pale Fire
Umberto Eco De naam van de roos
Jack Kerouac On the road
   
2004  
Hella S. Haasse Oeroeg
Samuel Taylor Coleridge The rime of the ancient mariner
Nevil Shute On the beach
Peter Shaffer Equus
Patrick Süskind Het parfum
Richard Adams Watership down
Stephen King Different seasons
John Irving The world according to Garp
Hella S. Haasse Heren van de thee
Roald Dahl Collected short stories
   
2003  
Gerard Reve De avonden
Theun de Vries Het meisje met het rode haar
J.R.R. Tolkien The Silmarillion
George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-four
J.D. Salinger The catcher in the rye
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Willem Frederik Hermans Nooit meer slapen
F. Bordewijk Karakter
Edgar Allan Poe Selected tales
William Golding Lord of the flies

 

 

*These are my favourite books I've read the last years. Ten for each year, in no particular order; 2015 is work in progress.