We were told this could be based on traffic generated, comments received, personal resonance, what you believe was great but didn't seem to get noticed much, and so on. "This will be a great opportunity for us to all revisit each others year, and also for the newer members of the group to perhaps read something they missed out on."
The same holds true for my newer readers, and here a few I really like. I've sorted them into my own categories.
Fiction: Just Another Day
Wordplay/Poetry: Silence Of The Sands
Best Writing: Window On The World
Deserves More Notice: The Boobie Ultimatum
On the Lighter Side: I Now Pronounce You Oneshoeshy
Memoir: Hippie Feat
Most Read: Three Faces Of Tut
Politics: Bring Them Home
Life Lesson: Postponement
So there you have it - Thom's Top Five. Yeah, I know it's actually ten, and I had trouble keeping it to that! Which of those are the best five only you can decide. Please enjoy.