The Ten Best Books I read in 2016

  1. The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel – Anthony Horowitz
  2. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
  3. Moriarty: A Novel – Anthony Horowitz
  4. The Long Walk – Stephen King
  5. The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks – Terry Tempest Williams
  6. The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
  7. Adrian Mole: the Prostrate Years – Sue Townsend
  8. The Mountains Of California – John Muir
  9. Hopper – Rolf G. Renner
  10. Ansel Adams: An Autobiography – Ansel Adams

The Ten Best Books I Read in 2015

  1. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis – Timothy Egan
  2. Lolito – Ben Brooks
  3. Dark Lies the Island – Kevin Barry
  4. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ – Sue Townsend
  5. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  6. Galápagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  7. The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor – Gabriel García Márquez
  8. Redemption Falls – Joseph O'Connor
  9. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette – Hampton Sides
  10. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America – Bill Bryson

The Ten Best Books I Read in 2014

  1. Skagboys – Irvine Welsh
  2. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  3. Doghouse Roses: Stories – Steve Earle
  4. Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, And Dying In The National Parks – Andrea Lankford
  5. The Quarry – Iain Banks
  6. One Summer: America 1927 – Bill Bryson
  7. Design is a Job – Mile Monteiro
  8. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
  9. Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
  10. The Shining – Stephen King

The Ten Best Books I Read in 2013

  1. New York, The Novel – Edward Rutherfurd
  2. Backstory – David Mitchell
  3. Empire of the Summer Moon – S. C. Gwynne
  4. Stonemouth – Iain Banks
  5. Waging Heavy Peace – Neil Young
  6. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  7. Son of the Wilderness, The Life of John Muir – Linnie Marsh Wolfe
  8. Isle of Noises: Conversations with Great British Songwriters – Daniel Rachel
  9. Manage Your Day-to-Day – Jocelyn K. Glei
  10. Mastermind, How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes – Maria Konnikova

The Ten Best Books I Read in 2012

  1. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail – Bill Bryson
  2. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Steve Earle
  3. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  4. I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan – Alan Partridge (Pen Name), Rob Gibbons, Neil Gibbons, Armando Iannucci, Steve Coogan
  5. Old Yellowstone Days – Paul Schullery (Editor)
  6. The Complete Stories and Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  8. Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base – Annie Jacobsen
  9. A Christmas Memory – Truman Capote
  10. Gentlemen of the Road – Michael Chabon

The Ten Best Books I Read in 2011

  1. Life – Keith Richards
  2. The Winter of Our Discontent – John Steinbeck
  3. Notes from a Big Country – Bill Bryson 
  4. What I Did – Jason 
  5. The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry 
  6. Junky – William S. Burroughs
  7. Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon
  8. Transition – Iain Banks
  9. Booky Wook 2: This Time it's Personal – Russell Brand 
  10. The Dunwich Horror – H.P. Lovecraft