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message 1: by Michael (last edited Dec 21, 2012 11:23PM) (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) Well 2012 is nearly over and it is that time to get your thinking caps and come up with your top five books you have read this year. The books do not need to have been released this year just read.

Please include links for your top 5. Instructions on how to do so can be found here.
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

My top 5

1:The Yellow Birds: A Novel by Kevin Powers
2:Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
3:The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold by Fry by Rachel Joyce
4:The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
5:Leopard Dreaming by A.A. Bell


message 4: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) Just a few books there Brenda. :)


message 5: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Sorry Michael, I couldn't separate...and I left some off as well!!


message 6: by Melanie (last edited Dec 22, 2012 01:18AM) (new)

Melanie (melanie_yamidnightreads) Tough one...

1. The Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan (love the entire series and spin off series)
2. Chaos Walking: A Trilogy By Patrick Ness
3. Divergent By Veronica Roth the series
4. City of Bones By Cassandra Clare the series
5. The Selection By Kiera Cass


message 7: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments I've enjoyed so many books this year but if I had to choose, it would be:

1. The Light Between Oceans
2. Shantaram
3. My Sister's Keeper
4. Defending Jacob
5. When Rabbit Howls


message 8: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Oh everyone is so good, just sticking to their 5!! ;)


message 9: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments Brenda wrote: "Oh everyone is so good, just sticking to their 5!! ;)"

That's only cause we don't read as many as you Brenda!!!


message 10: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) I thought about my list for a little while. Sorry about putting you all on the spot just so interesting to read other peoples thoughts. :)


message 11: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
OK I'll just put my best 5 out of all those above!! You shamed me into it;)

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
No Remorse by Ian Walkley
Cold Grave by Kathryn Fox


message 12: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Elaine wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Oh everyone is so good, just sticking to their 5!! ;)"

That's only cause we don't read as many as you Brenda!!!"


Haha!!


message 13: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "I thought about my list for a little while. Sorry about putting you all on the spot just so interesting to read other peoples thoughts. :)"

It's a great idea, certainly makes you think, and like Melanie said...it's a tough one!


message 14: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments Brenda wrote: "OK I'll just put my best 5 out of all those above!! You shamed me into it;)

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
No Remorse by Ian W..."


Those first two were brilliant Brenda. Haven't read the others....yet.


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message 16: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Elaine wrote: "Brenda wrote: "OK I'll just put my best 5 out of all those above!! You shamed me into it;)

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
No R..."


All top books Elaine:)


message 17: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Jennie - Daystarz Books wrote: "In no particular order:

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
Tully by Paullina Simons

Ok..."


Not quite as bad at maths as me Jen;)


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Lol Brenda so I saw ... I had trouble getting it down to 6


message 19: by Tango (new)

Tango | 290 comments Rotten Gods
The Street Sweeper
Bring Up the Bodies
The Sunne in Splendour
Watercolours

All books with very memorable characters that will stay with you for a long time afterwards.


message 20: by Kerri (new)

Kerri | 373 comments Oh why did I look at this post? My TBR list just keeps on growing..


message 21: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments Tango wrote: "Rotten Gods
The Street Sweeper
Bring Up the Bodies
The Sunne in Splendour
Watercolours

All books with very memorable characters that will stay with you for a long time afterwards."


Numbers 2,3 and 4 are on my TBR list. Thanks Tango it's good to know that they will be worth reading.


message 22: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments Kerri wrote: "Oh why did I look at this post? My TBR list just keeps on growing.."

I hear you Kerri....like we need to add more to our ever growing TBR lists!!!! But we do don't we?


message 26: by ★ Jess (new)

★ Jess  | 3071 comments I read like no books this year, I believe the count does not yet exceed 20, and at least a quarter of that is for school, with another quarter being graphic novels. Having said that, here is my list in order:

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Macbeth by Shakespeare
1984 by George Orwell (Which I read at least twice)


message 27: by Zuzu (last edited Dec 22, 2012 11:48PM) (new)

Zuzu Burford (baldyzuzu) The best 5 fiction books this year. No particular order


The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Alexie Sherman
The Gospel Of Gods And Crocodiles by Elizabeth Stead
The Safety Expert by Doug Richardson
Me and You by Niccolo Ammaniti
Myth Man by Alex Mueck

Also Non Fiction.


A Voyage to Australia: Private Journal of James Bell by James Bell
A Private Life by Michael Kirby
The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller
The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women by Deborah J Swiss

Let's hope next year is just as good!



message 28: by Michael (last edited Dec 23, 2012 03:07AM) (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) Amen to that Zuzu. This was truely a great year for readers. :)


message 29: by Alik (new)

Alik 1. On the Jellicoe Road
2. Game of Thrones( Song of Ice and Fire)
3. Jasper Jones


message 30: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Alik wrote: "1. On the Jellicoe Road
2. Game of Thrones( Song of Ice and Fire)
3. Jasper Jones"


On the Jellicoe Road
A Game of Thrones
Jasper Jones


message 32: by Amber (new)

Amber (ukaunz) Too hard!

I guess my top 5 are:
A Game of Thrones
A Dog's Purpose
Catching Fire
Still Alice
On the Jellicoe Road

But I could just as easily have picked any of the following:
Unwind
Nine Days
The Burial
Alif the Unseen
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
The Wee Free Men (the illustrated edition)

I kinda cheated there, didn't I :-)


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

My top five (I think--but there are a couple more books I would have liked to add):

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Unwind by Neal Shusterman


message 34: by Kim Marie (new)

Kim Marie | 894 comments To whittle the list down to five I didn't include any sequels from previously started series, such as City of Dragons or Talulla Rising and I too cheated a little bit by listing my top five books by Australian authors, and then others:

Bitter Greens
Love, Honour, and O'Brien
The Tainted
Caleb's Crossing
On the Jellicoe Road

The Child Thief, A Game of Thrones and The Lies of Locke Lamora were all great reads.

The outstanding non-fiction for me and I would highly recommend it to history buffs is The Wolf: The German Raider That Terrorized the Southern Seas During World War I in an Epic Voyage of Destruction and Gallantry.


message 35: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
A lot of excellent choices here:)


message 36: by Jess (new)

Jess (jessiquie) | 88 comments It was so hard to choose just five, but after alot of umming and ahhing I think I have my five.

The Fault in Our Stars
Burning Lies
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Bitter Greens
The Girl in Steel Capped Boots


message 37: by Katie (new)

Katie Stewart (katiewstewart) | 184 comments I've had a terrible year for reading...there are just not enough hours in the day. I entered the Australian Women's Reading Challenge and failed dismally. But my best five would be -

Tollesbury Time Forever Stuart Ayris
Foxmask Juliet Marillier
Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb
Strictly Murder Lynda Wilcox
Thursday's Child Sonya Hartnett


message 39: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimbreads) This is a tough one!
In no particular order (and subject to change as I think it all through over the remaining days of the year):

The Blackwater Lightship
Past the Shallows
The Shadow of the Wind
The Secret River
On Writing


message 40: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3508 comments I only started using Goodreads properly during September/October this year, so I have no record of what I read during the first 8 months of the year and can't remember whether I read some things this year or last. So, based on what I've read since September (and what I remember reading earlier in the year), my top 5 were:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett The Help by Kathryn Stockett,
Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide,

A Prison Diary by Jeffrey Archer,

No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel-Fattah No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel-Fattah and
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville.

And here's to 2013 - hopefully a year of many goodreads!


message 41: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Amy wrote: "My top five were surprisingly easy which was a nice change.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Tale of Desper..."


I keep hearing how good The Library of Shadows is....I think I might have to read it :)


message 42: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Great list everyone & a good guide for my reading choices for next year...thanks :)


message 43: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Mish wrote: "Amy wrote: "My top five were surprisingly easy which was a nice change.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Ta..."


I've had it on my TBR for a long time...I must get to it too!


Amy (Lost in a Good Book) (babyleo88) | 28 comments Brenda wrote: "Mish wrote: "Amy wrote: "My top five were surprisingly easy which was a nice change.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
The Eyre Affair by Jasper ..."


I adored it from the get go. I recall possibly gushing about it in my review a little bit but I think it deserved it.


message 45: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Amy wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Mish wrote: "Amy wrote: "My top five were surprisingly easy which was a nice change.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
The Eyre Af..."


That's good to know Amy, thanks:)


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

On the Jellicoe Road seems to be quite popular - will have to check it out


message 47: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
On the Jellicoe Road is a good read Jen!


message 48: by Kelly (Diva Booknerd) (last edited Jan 04, 2013 05:40PM) (new)


message 49: by Sallyann (new)

Sallyann Van leeuwen | 16 comments Me before you - Jojo Moyes
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - R Riggs
Before I go to Sleep - SJ Watson


message 50: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Sallyann wrote: "Me before you - Jojo Moyes
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - R Riggs
Before I go to Sleep - SJ Watson"


Me Before You
Gone Girl
The Sky Is Everywhere
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Before I Go To Sleep


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