Maybe you all know all about this, but I just found out. There’s an intriguing annual series at The Millions, entitled “A year in reading”. They get various people to write about the best books they’ve read during the year. Anthony Doerr’s verdict on his 2014 selection, “it’d probably be dismal to read all at once. But for the month it waited on my nightstand, I found myself looking very forward to reading a few pages each evening” might be how one should regard the whole series. You’d go insane poring over it; but dip in and out and it’s quite fun. Here’s a link to 2014’s list. At the right you can see links to other years back to 2005.

Oops. My dipping suggests that I have read very few of the best books of the years sampled.