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message 1: by Angela M (new)

Angela M This thread is where you can post your favorite book each month . You can create your post with the template below . At the end of each month when you edit your post , send a post telling us that you have updated it . For anyone interested , it's a good way to share our favorites .

Copy the template below, and each month come back and edit your post with the favorite book you read that month. Then you pick out of those 12 for your favorite book of the year.

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Best of the year -


message 2: by Chrissie (last edited Dec 30, 2017 10:25PM) (new)

Chrissie These are my favorite books for 2017:

January - Of Mice and Men 5* by John Steinbeck
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

February - The Shepherd's Life: A People's History of the Lake District 4* by James Rebanks
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

March -Istanbul 5* by Bettany Hughes
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

April - Andrew Carnegie 4* by David Nasaw
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

May - The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father 5* by Kao Kalia Yang
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)

June - A Far Cry from Kensington 5* by Muriel Spark
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)

July - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir 4* by Sherman Alexie
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)

August - War's Unwomanly Face 5* by Svetlana Alexievich
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)

September -A Country Road, A Tree 4* by Jo Baker
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

October -Flowers for Algernon 5* by Daniel Keyes
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

November -Loitering with Intent 5* by Muriel Spark
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)

December - Jacob's Room 4* by Virginia Woolf
(Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...



Best of the year - I cannot pick just one book. A person needs books for different moods. To appreciate fiction I need to balance them with non-fiction. I love both, BUT I must say that books of fiction have more scope for imagination and creativity which I highly value.


message 3: by Gill (last edited May 14, 2017 10:03AM) (new)

Gill | 5720 comments These are my favorite books for 2017:

January - My Name Is Asher Lev
February - Poems in the Manner Of
March - The Mississippi Encyclopedia
April - Anything Is Possible and audio version of Ulysses
May -
June -
July -
August -
September -
October -
November -
December -

Best of the year -


message 5: by Paul (last edited Jan 02, 2018 08:50PM) (new)

Paul (paa00a) | 202 comments Oh fun! I'll give this a shot.

My favorite books for 2017:

January – Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
February – Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
March – On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
April – Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
May – Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler
June – The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
July – The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
August – Animal Farm by George Orwell
September –Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
October – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
November – Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
December – Metaphorical Theology by Sallie McFague

Best of the year – Boy, that's tough, but I think I'll go with a work that was less a book and more a booklet: Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Its strong and incisive arguments about our current political moment drawing from the lessons of 20th-century fascist movements only became more trenchant and insightful as the year progressed.


message 7: by Annie (last edited Sep 11, 2017 05:27AM) (new)

Annie (anniecholewa) | 67 comments These are my favorite books for 2017:

January - To the River, by Olivia Laing
February - At the Source: A Writer's Year, by Gillian Clarke
March - Animals Strike Curious Poses, essays by Elena Passarello
April - How We Write: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blank Page, ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari
May -
June - Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske, by Julia Blackburn
July - Sightlines, by Kathleen Jamie. A reread of a perennial favourite.
August - Findings, by Kathleen Jamie. A reread of a perennial favourite.
September -
October -
November -
December -

Best of the year -


message 8: by Pam (last edited Jan 03, 2018 02:17PM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 1342 comments My favourite books of 2017:

January - No 5-stars so picked one of the 4-stars: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, reviewed here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1693679832
February - my only 5-star read was The Furies by Suzy Mckee Charnas, reviewed here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1914468705.
March - No 5 star, so one of the fours - The Hungry Moon by Ramsey Campbell, reviewed here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1925761435.
April - several 4 stars this month, no 5. As this was really a 4.5, I've chosen Warlock of the Witch World as it's a re-read of an old favourite that, unlike so many in the last couple of years, did not disappoint - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1954249088
May - not such a good month for reading, with a few 3 stars as the best and this was probably the best of those - Diana Wynne Jones' Mixed Magics - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1993431949
June - Another tricky month with a lot of 3-star ratings and even a couple of 2s, so I chose one I enjoyed despite some flaws with the ending - Sorceress of the Witch World by Andre Norton - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1716692837
July - A better month with some 4 stars and one 5 - by Louise Cooper, The Initiate - reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2064525583.
August - Unfortunately, a lot of 2- and 3-star books this month, so had to pick the only 4-star: Nightwings by Robert Silverberg - review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2094886576.
September - the only 4 star read was - Orchid by Jayne Castle - review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2108841818.
October - A sea of 3 star reviews this month so, just because it is different from the Jayne Castles I read otherwise, Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood - review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2140404455
November - only a couple of 4-stars this month, so am choosing Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, my favourite - review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1444115513.
December - Again, quite a few 4-star reads, and am choosing the final book in C J Cherryh's Morgaine trilogy (ignoring the later fourth volume for the present), Fires of Azeroth, reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2225417471.

Best of the year - I only rated 2 books as 5-star reads this year and on the grounds of the greater character building, the choice has to go to The Furies by Suzy McKee Charnas, my February choice.


B the BookAddict (bthebookaddict) | 8315 comments My favourite books of 2017:


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Best of the year:


message 10: by Pink (last edited Jan 03, 2018 02:06AM) (new)

Pink I'm in for next year!
My favourite books of 2017:

January - When Breath Becomes Air 4*
February - King Lear 4*
March - The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 5*
April - The Lesser Bohemians 5*
May - The Hate U Give 4*
June - Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies 4*
July - The Count of Monte Cristo 5*
August - Sons and Lovers 5*
September - Three Men in a Boat 4*
October - Richard III 4*
November - The Secret History 5*
December - Winter 5*

Best of the year: Sons and Lovers and runner up The Count of Monte Cristo


message 13: by Gemma (last edited Feb 01, 2017 04:58AM) (new)

Gemma (gemmagem20) | 458 comments Favourite books of 2017..

Jan - I Let You Go
Feb -
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December -

Best of the year -


message 15: by Sam (last edited Sep 30, 2017 02:32PM) (new)

Sam | 68 comments This is fun!

My favorite books of 2017:

January - Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes
February - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
March - Beartown by Fredrik Backman
April - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
May - Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
June - The Secret History by Donna Tartt
July - Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
August - A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
September - City of Thieves by David Benioff
October -
November -
December -

Insomniac City New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Beartown by Fredrik Backman A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki Hunger A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay The Secret History by Donna Tartt Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson City of Thieves by David Benioff

Best of the year -


message 16: by Petra (last edited Dec 29, 2017 10:34PM) (new)

Petra | 3262 comments I'm in!

January - Swann's Way (5-star)
February - All My Puny Sorrows (5-star)
March - Within a Budding Grove (4-star)
April - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (4-star; recommended)
May - Whistling Past the Graveyard (5-star)
June - Hag-Seed (5-star)
July - Sodom and Gomorrah (4-star)
August - The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us (5-star)
September - We Are Water (5-star)
October - Wool Omnibus (5-star)
November - Lincoln in the Bardo (5-star)
December - The Garden of Eden (5-star)

Best of the year - All My Puny Sorrows (a very hard choice to make. This one has stuck with me.)


message 17: by Erica (last edited Jan 03, 2018 10:19PM) (new)


message 18: by LauraT (last edited Dec 01, 2017 02:57AM) (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13495 comments Mod
Here I am:

Favorite books 2017

January: Stephen King It
February: Marcel Prosut All'ombra delle fanciulle in fiore Frances Hodgson Burnett The Shuttle
March: Kent Haruf Le nostre anime di notte
April: Isabelle Allende La casa degli spiriti
May: Ugo Baduel L'elmetto inglese
June: Hanya Yanagihara Una vita come tante
July: Sebastiano Vassalli Terre selvagge
August: Majgul Axelson  Io non mi chiamo Miriam
September: Louise Penny The Nature of the Beast Claudio Magris Danubio
October: Clara Sereni Il gioco dei regni
November: Luigi Meneghello I piccoli maestri
December -

Best of the year -


message 20: by Leslie (last edited Jan 02, 2018 06:46AM) (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I missed my spot of #14 but I am still in :P

Favorite books 2017:
January - The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (4½*) or a reread of The Murder at the Vicarage (5*)
February - The Winds of War (5*)
March - The Rose Garden: Short Stories (5*)
April - Brave New World {reread via audiobook} (5*) or Vendetta (4*)
May - Cousin Bette (4*) or The Talisman Ring {reread via audiobook} (5*)
June - Evelina (4*) or The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy {reread via audiobook} (5*)
July - Time and Again (4½*)
August - Night Watch (4½*) or A Tale of Two Cities {reread via audiobook} (5*)
September - The Stranger (5*)
October - Unnamable (4*) or Atonement (4*)
November - Laura (4.5*)
December - The Long Goodbye (5*)

Best of the year - The Winds of War


message 21: by Stef (last edited Dec 29, 2017 01:29PM) (new)

Stef Rozitis | 28 comments Love this idea! Count me in.

January - Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory by Chris Weedon 5 stars

February - New Feminist Christianity Many Voices, Many Views by Mary E. Hunt 5 stars

March - We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For Light In A Time Of Darkness Light In A Time Of Darkness by Alice Walker 5 stars

April - Research Methods In Early Childhood An Introductory Guide by Penny Mukherji 5 stars

May - Saving Jesus from Those Who Are Right by Carter Heyward 5 stars

June - Feminisms in Education by Gaby Weiner 4 stars

July - Into the Wild Wood Erotic Feminist Fairy Tales by Annik Hill 4 stars

August - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5 stars

September - The Good Women of China Hidden Voices by Xinran 5 stars

October - Full Frontal Feminism A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti 5 stars

November - Tie between Qualitative Educational Research Readings in Reflexive Methodology and Transformative Practice by Wendy Luttrell 5 stars and just to prove I can read fiction, Benighted by Kit Whitfield 5 stars

December - Lillian de Lissa, Women Teachers and Teacher Education in the Twentieth Century A Transnational History by Kay Whitehead 5 stars and the less enjoyable but crucial and brave Nauru Burning by Mark Isaacs also 5 stars. Both my December pics were Australian too!

The one I have to choose overall had the most life-changing impact on me and that is May's pic by Carter Heyward but considering how much I am more inclined to read women than men and how much more likely I am to positively review female writers (not deliberately, just because they are more likely to write in a way that I want to read) special mention goes to Mark Isaacs (Nauru burning) for writing something so important and tightly enough written to make the list ;)


message 22: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (booklisa) Favorite books 2017:

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December -

Best of the year -


message 24: by Kristin (last edited Oct 06, 2017 06:51AM) (new)

Kristin | 32 comments Favorite books 2017:

January - Jasper Jones
February - Nærmere høst
March - The True Deceiver
April - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
May - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
June - Sovjetistan
July - The History of Bees
August - All the Light We Cannot See
September - Slaughterhouse-Five
October -
November -
December -

Best of the year -


message 25: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 03, 2017 01:52PM) (new)

Favorite Books of 2017

January- The Thirteenth Tale
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Best of the Year-


message 26: by Albert (last edited Mar 19, 2017 07:05AM) (new)

Albert | 0 comments My favorite books of 2017

January - Stoner by John Williams
February - Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
March -
April -
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October -
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December -

Best of the year -


message 28: by Tweedledum (last edited Dec 08, 2017 02:17PM) (new)

Tweedledum  (tweedledum) | 2051 comments I'm up for this

Monthly Favourite Reads - 2017

January - Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto inspired to read by a GR friend's review.
February -The Master and Margarita
March - The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan
April -Have to have 2 this month :
Silence by Shūsaku Endō and Passionate Minds by David Bodanis
May - 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
June -Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
July - In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park
August -Alice in Brexitland a bittersweet read, very clever.
September - Drawing Autism and Shtum ... Great to join the group read for this this month.
October - Born Liars: Why We Can't Live without Deceit.
November - so many brilliant reads this month... How to choose...
Non-Fiction Chris Packham- Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir
Fiction House Rules .... Still reeling from this one.
December - have to have 2 fiction ( and it's only 8.12.... The month is young...)
Absent. the English Teacher and Julian Barnes - The Noise of Time



Best of the year - no question... Bulgakov wins hands down
The Master and Margarita


message 29: by Annie (last edited Mar 09, 2017 02:11PM) (new)

Annie (anniecholewa) | 67 comments I'm in ...

My 2017 favourites

January To the River, by Olivia Laing
February At the Source: A Writer's Year, by Gillian Clarke
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December


message 30: by Beth (last edited Nov 04, 2017 08:05PM) (new)

Beth | 405 comments 2017 favorites
I still need to pick one for April (out of 5 4-star books)

January - The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (reread)
review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

February - The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives - I reread 2 longtime favorites this month, this one and The Martian Chronicles. But if I must pick one it has to be this one.

reviews
The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

The Martian Chronicles
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

March - 2 5-star books already this month. I really can't just choose one. The Histories read Jan 1-March 9
(review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)

I also finished rereading The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones this morning and loved it. review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

April - I'm not sure yet; my 4-star books include The Sparrow, Stories of Your Life and Others Eifelheim, Death: The Time of Your Life, and Two Plays for Voices.

May - The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War (read April 1-May 27) Loved it! I definitely struggled with the first 100 pages or so, but I got used to it over time and ended up really loving it. I haven't finished my review yet, I think I need to mull over it for a bit. I'll link it here when I have one.

update - my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

June: probably The Fellowship of the Ring (a reread) my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

July: The Republic of Plato the only book I finished in July

August Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (audiobook) I've read the print version twice but never listened to the audiobook before. my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

September - Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (audio) 5 stars! This is one of my favorites. I don't think anything I read in the rest of the month will top it.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

October -
War Music: An Account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer's Iliad (poetry) and Teatro Grottesco (one of my favorite short story collections), both 5 stars

November
The Return of the King 11/2/2017
review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

December


message 31: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13495 comments Mod
I've decided for It as best book I've read this January, even if it was difficoult: I also loved Marcel Proust,  La strada di Swann ...


Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition | 572 comments These are my favorite books for 2017:

January -Evening's Land
February -
March -
April -
May -
June -
July -
August -
September -
October -
November -
December -

Best of the year -


Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition | 572 comments Angela M wrote: "This thread is where you can post your favorite book each month.

Thanks Angela - this will be fun!



message 34: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Terry, it really is fun to see each month what people choose as their favorites. Warning- it also makes your tbr longer and longer!


message 35: by Sam (new)

Sam | 68 comments I'm not sure how to choose just one book for all of January: I had an overwhelming number of great reads this month! I might choose 1 fiction, 1 nonfiction: does that seem reasonable?


message 36: by Angela M (new)

Angela M I updated my post #11 with my favorite, The Signal Flame, but it was a difficult choice . I also really loved The Refugees.


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

I've update post #12 with this month's favorite, Black No More.


message 38: by Pink (new)

Pink Terri wrote: "I've update post #12 with this month's favorite, Black No More."

Sounds good, I've added it to my list, thanks :)


message 39: by Kristin (new)

Kristin | 32 comments Updated post #24 with my favorite of the month, Jasper Jones.


message 40: by Pink (new)

Pink A tough choice, but I picked When Breath Becomes Air. My runner up and favourite fiction for the month was Autumn


message 42: by Guy (last edited Feb 01, 2017 08:31AM) (new)

Guy Austin | 267 comments Well, I'm caught mid stream in a good book at months end, but of those I finished I am torn between A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson and Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. One made me laugh out loud and was a great pleasure read. The other made me think out loud. Ultimately, I chose the one I seem to keep thinking about. Listed in Message #23.


message 43: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) I've updated message #4 with my favorite of January, Das Buch der verbrannten Bücher, which unfortunately hasn't been translated into English, or any other language for that matter. It's a non-fiction book about the authors whose books were burned by the Nazis on 10th May 1933. Very interesting and deeply saddening.

It was difficult to choose, because I had no 5 star reads but several 4 stars. I think this one was the best, though.


message 44: by Sam (new)

Sam | 68 comments Updated Message #15 to show my favorite book of January: Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me.

I had some other great, 5★ reads (Bright Air Black, Lincoln in the Bardo, City of Saints & Thieves, The Bear and the Nightingale, Miss Jane: A Novel), but Bill Hayes' ode to Oliver Sacks and New York City is the one I continue to carry with me, recommend constantly, and is an instant classic for me and already vaulted into my all-time favorites.


message 45: by Alice (last edited Feb 02, 2017 02:45PM) (new)

Alice Poon (alice_poon) I've updated my message #27 with my January favorite The Peony Pavilion: Mudan ting, which I read in Chinese. This classical play (written in 1598) is forward in themes for its times - about freedom to love and courage to resist traditional conventions. Also, the poetic language is beautiful. The book link is to a celebrated English translation by Cyril Birch (the name is wrongly shown as Cecil Birch on the book page).


message 46: by Pam (last edited Feb 01, 2017 11:02AM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 1342 comments I updated my list at message #8 with my choice - The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Had to have one of the 4-stars as there was no 5-star read in January.


message 47: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments I have added two books that I rated 4* because I already know that there will be months in which I won't have books to add.

Two non-fiction for me:

The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma

Francesco d'Assisi: La storia negata


message 48: by Gill (new)

Gill | 5720 comments I've updated Message 3 with my favourite book for January My Name Is Asher Lev.


message 49: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ Updated message 14 actually had three five star reads but only listed one. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker


message 50: by Colleen (last edited Dec 04, 2017 01:55PM) (new)


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