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message 1: by ❀ Susan (last edited Dec 24, 2017 06:43AM) (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3665 comments Mod
For those of you (@Louise -lol) having trouble narrowing it down to just one, here is a place to add your top 10 favourite books of 2018!

I will start us off. Please note that they are not ranked but listed in the order of reading:

1. The Translation of Love
2. The Break
3. The Nightingale
4. The Handmaid's Tale
5. Kit's Law
6. Drifting Home
7. The Piano Maker
8. The Fire-Dwellers
9. Consumption
10. Alias Grace

All were Canadian except for The Nightingale. Both Drifting Home and Consumption were books that I likely would not have read if it were not for the Cross Canada Challenge.


message 2: by Louise (last edited Dec 24, 2017 06:51AM) (new)

Louise | 1290 comments I'm just going to copy my post from the other thread where our mean moderator is making us choose only one book, hahaha.

My ratings of 10/10 for 2017 are the following:

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
Simple Recipes by Madeleine Thien (Canadian short stories)
After Rain by William Trevor (Irish short stories)
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
L'Acquittement by Gaétan Soucy
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta (Nigerian short stories)
Immaculée Conception by Gaétan Soucy
A Bit on the Side by William Trevor (Irish short stories)
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

I also want to give a shout out to a couple of non-fiction books I read:

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City


message 3: by Allison (last edited Dec 24, 2017 06:59AM) (new)

Allison | 1908 comments Hahaha! @Louise! :)

Top ten for me is easier to compile than top ONE. Here goes, kind of "in order" of best downward:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction, USA)
Crackpot by Adele Wiseman (fiction, Canadian)
A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves by Walter Alvarez (non-fiction, USA)
'Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma (fiction, USA)
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (fiction, Canada/Ireland)
The House Girl by Tara Conklin (fiction, USA)
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (non-fiction, Australia/India)
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (fiction, Canada)
The Glace Bay Miners' Museum: The Novel by Sheldon Currie (fiction, Canada)
A Brief History of Creation: Science and the Search for the Origin of Life by Bill Mesler (non-fiction, USA)


message 4: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3665 comments Mod
Ha Ha Louise and Allison - just think of it as another challenge!!


message 5: by Susan (new)

Susan | 775 comments Top 10, in rough order - the first nine got 5-star ratings (which I am usually very stingy with). Some of these were rereads.

Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates (reread)
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery (reread)
All Grown Up - Jami Attenberg
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (reread)
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy - Rachel Joyce
Nocturne: On the Life and Death of My Brother - Helen Humphreys
Eveningland: Stories - Michael Knight
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Age of Hope - David Bergen


message 8: by Story (last edited Dec 25, 2017 04:58PM) (new)

Story (storyheart) Seeing lots of previous years favs on these lists :-)

Here are mine:
The Essex Serpent--Sarah Perry
Autumn--Ali Smith
To The Bright Edge of the World-Eowin Ivey
Baba Dunja's Last Love--Alina Bronsky
Exit West --Mohsin Hamid
Consider This, Señora--Harriet Doerr
The Lonely Hearts Hotel--Heather O'Niel
Golden Hill-Francis Spufford
Beyond Black-Hilary Mantel
Lady Oracle--Atwood


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1757 comments I didn’t even notice that it says 2018 lol! I guess we see what we want to.


message 11: by Maia (new)

Maia Caron | 4 comments I've got a few good recommendations from your lists. Thanks! Here are the ten books that stood out for me in 2017:

Brother
The Outlander by Gil Adamson (not the Gabaldon series!)
Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains
The Marrow Thieves
Witness, I Am
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Burning In This Midnight Dream
The Last Neanderthal
In the Cage
Bad Endings


message 12: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3665 comments Mod
LOL - @Allison Hikes the Bookwoods... i guess I am getting ahead of myself and will change to 2017. :)

I like seeing these lists and the duplication of some books! Margaret Atwood seems to be a recurrent author.

@Maia - I have an ARC of The Last Neanderthal that i want to read before meeting the author mid- January so was glad to see that this book made your top 10 list.


message 14: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1290 comments Maia wrote: "
The Outlander by Gil Adamson (not the Gabal..."


I loved this book when I read it a few years ago. It was a monthly read in the old CBC Books group and it was a pleasant surprise. I don't understand why it hasn't gotten the attention that it deserves.


message 15: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3665 comments Mod
The Outlander made me look into the history of that rockslide too... a piece of history that I was not aware of but discovered through fiction.


message 16: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1290 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "The Outlander made me look into the history of that rockslide too... a piece of history that I was not aware of but discovered through fiction."

I learn more history through fiction than I do through non-fiction....You just don't get a feel for what people have endured through a catalog of facts, but put it in a story and you're right there! I just spent the past few days at the North-West Rebellion of 1885!


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1757 comments I totally agree @Louise. One of the reasons I love historical fiction so much.


message 19: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ wrote: "I totally agree @Louise. One of the reasons I love historical fiction so much."

Me too, me too.


message 22: by Shannon (new)

Shannon White | 244 comments Susan wrote: "Top 10, in rough order - the first nine got 5-star ratings (which I am usually very stingy with). Some of these were rereads.

Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward
Between the W..."</i>

I was surprised that [book:The Age of Hope
didn't gain more popularity. It was a really good book....I think you find it on the bargain shelves at Chapters now....so sad.



message 23: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1290 comments Megan wrote: "Oh this is hard to narrow down. I'll keep this to Canadian fiction to narrow it down. So in no particular order:

1. Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations
2. Bear
3. [book..."


I love your list Megan! Some great books indeed.


message 24: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1290 comments Shannon wrote: "I was surprised that [book:The Age of Hope didn't gain more popularity. It was a really good book....I think you find it on the bargain shelves at Chapters now....so sad. "

Wasn't it on Canada Reads one year? I loved that book!


message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan | 775 comments Yes, The Age of Hope was defended by Ron McLean on Canada Reads (February won that year). I loved it and got really wrapped up with the main character - I even cried at the end.


message 26: by Shannon (new)

Shannon White | 244 comments I must have slept through Canada Reads that year...oops!

Confession - sometimes I trawl the bargain section of indigo and when I see really good books selling for peanuts, I feel sad on the author's behalf. :)


message 27: by Rainey (last edited Jan 02, 2018 02:13PM) (new)

Rainey | 695 comments Okay my top 10 list is below - every eclectic:

1. Cash City - audio
2. The Butterfly Effect - audio
3. Magpie Murders - audio
4. S-Town - audio podcast
5. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
6. Company Town
7. Betty Boo
8. IQ
9. Lullabies for Little Criminals: A Novel
10. tied: Binti and Hag-Seed


message 28: by Story (new)

Story (storyheart) @ Rainey, Magpie Murders was so much fun, wasn't it.


message 29: by Rainey (last edited Jan 02, 2018 02:13PM) (new)

Rainey | 695 comments Storyheart wrote: "@ Rainey, Magpie Murders was so much fun, wasn't it."

I loved it. I listened to it on audio - so much fun


message 30: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1290 comments Susan wrote: "Yes, The Age of Hope was defended by Ron McLean on Canada Reads (February won that year). I loved it and got really wrapped up with the main character - I even cried ..."

She reminded me a lot of my mother and what my mother's life must have been like back then. It was so well done when you consider it was written by a man.


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