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message 1: by Michael (last edited Dec 26, 2015 05:56PM) (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) | 10592 comments With another year close to ending here at Aussie Readers it's that time again to put on your thinking caps for your top 5 books of 2015. The books don't have to be released this year but only to be read. For anyone who is interested, here is the link to the mid year top 5 thread so we can see what books have stood the test of time.

My list is as follows

1 Carol by Patricia Highsmith
2 The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley
3 Weightless by Sarah Bannan
4 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
5 A Time to Run by J.M. Peace


Honourable mentions go to: The Natural Way of Things, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, The Fourth Reich, The Fictional Woman, My Beautiful Enemy and I Let You Go


message 3: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
Four that are on my mid year list have made it to both this and the Aussie list:)


message 4: by Zoey (new)

Zoey  (rozannen) | 1034 comments Always hard to narrow down to 5. I have 3 from my mid-year list plus 2 new ones


The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
You by Caroline Kepnes
Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope


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

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
It is hard Zoey - I found it harder with the Aussie list though;)


message 7: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3496 comments I have been hanging out for this to help inform my reading choices for next year!!

My top 5 will follow soon. In the meantime, I will enjoy checking out which books others enjoyed!


message 9: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3496 comments Three of my top 5 remain from the middle of the year -
Fractured by Dawn Barker,
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and
Matthew Flinders' Cat by Bryce Courtenay.

The remaining 2 spots go to -
And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers and
Room by Emma Donoghue


message 10: by MaryG2E (new)

MaryG2E (goodreadscommaryg2e) | 858 comments For me the absolute stand-out book of 2015 was
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Then, in no particular order, the following books that gripped my imagination and/or my emotions strongly:
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Alex by Pierre Lemaitre
Forty Days Without Shadow by Olivier Truc
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A highy satisfying year of reading some great titles :-))


message 11: by K (last edited Dec 09, 2015 04:12AM) (new)


message 12: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 1615 comments Mine haven't changed a great deal since mid-year, but that's not to say I haven't read some really good books in the second half of the year.

Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story by Qais Akbar Omar

My honourable mentions go to a trio of books that have stayed in (or messed with) my head over the year:

Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn
You by Caroline Kepnes
Alex by Pierre Lemaitre


message 13: by Sally906 (new)

Sally906 I have read 160 books so far this year – if I read something outstandingly brilliant then I will update this list.

Anyhow, my top 5 non Australian author books, in the order I read them, are:
The Room by Jonas Karlsson
An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding by Christina Jones
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall

Honourable mentions
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (I reread this every couple of years and always makes my top list - so booted it off down here to honerable mentions this time to give another book a chance!!!)


message 14: by Odette (new)

Odette (odman) | 942 comments Is this thread for only non Australian authors or the overall top 5 for all Australian and non Australian authors.


message 15: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) | 10592 comments You can have as many Ozzie and international authors as you like Odette. :)


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

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
Both Odette:)


message 17: by Odette (new)

Odette (odman) | 942 comments There are about ten books that I really liked and is a bit difficult to separate them.

Here are the top 5 including both aussie and international authors:

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Nightingale byFiona McIntosh
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
The Lake House by Kate Morton

The close runner ups are:

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew
Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn
Volcano Street by David Rain
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Hush, Little Bird by Nicole Trope


message 19: by MaryG2E (new)

MaryG2E (goodreadscommaryg2e) | 858 comments Mish wrote: "My top 5 books are:

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Left Neglected by [author:Lisa Genova|97848..."


A great list. I've read all of them. Wasn't thrilled by the depiction of disability in Left Neglected (I work in the field), but apart from that minor objection, you've read some top notch titles Mish.


message 20: by Ace (last edited Dec 31, 2015 10:54PM) (new)

Ace (aceonroam) Off the top of my head I remember so many great books this year:

A Man Called Ove
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
The Crimson Petal and the White
A Little Life

Warriors of the Storm
Make Me

I will kick myself later for not remembering some others, but its not bad recall for 6:30am. For some reason I've missed the midyear list, I think it would have been harder to split them. As Uhtred Ragnarson and Jack Reacher are my favourite characters they appear here, I love reading them but the books are standard template and not quite in the same class of literary fiction as others. Sorry for such a long post Michael, I'm not sure this is what you were aiming for! Oh and The Paying Guests. I'm stopping now.


message 21: by Carolyn (last edited Dec 15, 2015 02:02PM) (new)


message 22: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments MaryG2E wrote: "Mish wrote: "My top 5 books are:

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Left Neglected by


Thanks Mary. I have noticed that we do read a lot of the same books and more often than not, our views are the same.

But With Left Neglected i can understand that.... not everyone liked that book, for different reason.


message 23: by Stef (new)

Stef Rozitis My top five

1. Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue

2. The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (note this is australian)

3. The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester

4. Language and Power by Norman Fairclough

5. The Chimes by Anna Smaill (this was my number one at mid year)

honorable mentions go to:

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

and The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader

the four books which were part of my top 5 in mid year might have been pipped at the post but I am still happy and grateful i read them!


message 24: by Noelene (new)

Noelene | 364 comments My Top 5
The Natural Way of Things
A Year of Marvellous Ways
All That I Am
Big Little Lies
Like a House on Fire

Mostly Australian authors and I didn't go out of my way to read Australian Authors this year.


message 25: by marlin1 (last edited Dec 16, 2015 10:36PM) (new)

marlin1 | 393 comments This was an interesting exercise, lots of great books but I went with the ones that played with my emotions ie heart racing, gut retching, chilling and happy feelings...ones I didnt want to leave! (I guess that's what most 5 star books are)
The Blue: A Novel byLucy Clarke
Little Black Lies bySharon Bolton
The Quality of Silence byRosamund Lupton
The Country Practice by Meredith Appleyard
A Time to Runby J.M. Peace


message 26: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
Some good ones there Marlin:)


message 27: by MaryG2E (new)

MaryG2E (goodreadscommaryg2e) | 858 comments I'm loving reading these Top 5 lists. Some really interesting titles...


message 28: by Stef (new)

Stef Rozitis marlin1 wrote: "This was an interesting exercise, lots of great books but I went with the ones that played with my emotions ie heart racing, gut retching, chilling and happy feelings...ones I didnt want to leave! ..."

I really liked The Quality of Silence too!


message 33: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) | 10592 comments Edited my top 5. :)


message 34: by Stef (new)

Stef Rozitis I just saw you had Valente at number 4 Michael (not sure if you did before). I love that book too!


message 35: by Stef (new)

Stef Rozitis Oh and THAT Carol (I just read your review). My God yes! You have picked some good ones for sure!


message 36: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) | 10592 comments Thank you Stef. All of them come highly recommended. :)


message 37: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments I love reading everybody's top picks. Here are mine and not in any order. Not an easy task to pick just five either as I'm sure many here know.

A Little Life

Salt Creek

One Life: My Mother's Story

Big Little Lies

Leap


message 38: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
Don't forget to put your top 5 Aussies in the other thread if you haven't already Elaine:)


message 39: by Elaine (last edited Dec 26, 2015 06:01PM) (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments I'm trying to catch up Brenda on everything I missed out on these last few weeks. I just realised that 3 of my five here are Aussie authors so that will be easy to do, I think. Not sure about Lucy Treloar though. She was born in Malaysia but has lived in Australia amongst other places. Does she count as an Aussie? Thanks for the reminder. :)


message 40: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
Yes Lucy's Aussie:)


message 41: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments Brenda wrote: "Yes Lucy's Aussie:)"

Thanks B :)


message 42: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
;)


message 43: by Josie (new)

Josie (j4shaw) | 3 comments I'd have to go with:

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson (Nigeria)
Goldcord Asylum Jude Starling (UK)
Behind the Hood (Behind the Lives, #1) by Marita A. Hansen (NZ)
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (USA)
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey (Trinidad)


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

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
Fabulous titles Rosie:) All Aussie authors too... did you realise we have a Top 5 Aussie authors thread for 2015 this time? https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 48: by Nancy (last edited Jan 06, 2016 07:18PM) (new)

Nancy G | 8 comments I gave 5 stars to these books read/acquired in 2015, they were all outstanding reads, all by Scandinavian authors:

The Inspector and Silence by Håkan Nesser
Game by A.C. Efverman
The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg
Never End by Åke Edwardson


message 49: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69424 comments Mod
Nancy wrote: "I gave 5 stars to these books read/acquired in 2015, they were all outstanding reads, all by Scandinavian authors:

The Inspector and Silence by Håkan Nesser
......."


A.C. Efverman is an Aussie Nancy:) She's been here almost 20 years...


message 50: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I didn't read enough Australian books in 2015 :(
I want to change that this year.

My top reads (sorry for the lack of local reads)
The improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
What We left behind by Robin Talley


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