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message 1: by Anita (last edited Dec 17, 2018 04:29AM) (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Please post your top 10 titles for this year in a post below between now and January 3rd. Any book that is included must have been completed in 2018.

If you would copy the format I use in my own post below, that would be great.

You do not need to post your top ten in any specific order, but you are certainly free to do so, but please don't include numbers in your list.

We'd love to hear your comments on your top 10. Please post them below your list.

If you must make a change to your list after it is posted, please just note it by editing your existing post at the bottom to read:

EDITED: date, changed Title A to Title B

For fun, please post your least favorite title of the year at the bottom of your message.


message 2: by Anita (last edited Dec 17, 2018 04:44AM) (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies of a Silicon Valley Startup - Carreyou
Born a Crime - Noah
The Heart's Invisible Furies - Boyne
A Ladder to the Sky - Boyne
Educated - Westover
The Collector - Fowles
Blood Meridian - McCarthy
Do Not Say We Have Nothing - Thien
Three Little Words - Rhodes-Courter
From a Low and Quiet Sea - Ryan

I didn't feel as though this year was one of my best, but I did choose some great non-fiction . . .four of my ten selections were non-fiction, and they were all outstanding and memorable. Books I will recommend around for awhile. I love fiction, but this year, my non-fiction reads superseded my fiction ones.

I want to also comment on Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West. This book is not one I'd go around recommending, but it made my top 10 because it was my most thought provoking read by a long shot. It's ambiguous ending throws everything you've read before it into question, and its classic theme of good vs. evil is attacked in a completely fresh way. NOT a fun read by any means and very violent, but worthy.

Finally, I will read anything John Boyne writes going forward. To have two books on my list of ten by him means something good.

Least Favorite Title: The Milkman by Anna Burns


message 3: by Idit (new)

Idit | 1028 comments You know it's a good year if there are 46 books that I can say I liked them a lot.
It was tough but I managed to cull them to 14 (after two rounds of inner arguments). I've reached 11 top favourites and can go no lower. I'll come back to you if I've managed to get rid of one


message 4: by Anita (last edited Dec 17, 2018 05:47AM) (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Idit wrote: "You know it's a good year if there are 46 books that I can say I liked them a lot.
It was tough but I managed to cull them to 14 (after two rounds of inner arguments). I've reached 11 top favourit..."


Ha ha, you can always use random selection if you just can't decide. Or share all 11, and I will cut one for you, lol! Or drop the lowest rated one on Goodreads.

That is a great year.


message 5: by AJ (last edited Dec 17, 2018 05:49AM) (new)

AJ Timberlake (ajtimberlake) | 822 comments Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
This Is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
Scythe - Neal Shusterman
One of Us is Lying - Karen McManus
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry - Frederick Backman
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
Caraval - Stephanie Garber
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Landline - Rainbow Rowell

Not my best year for reading by any stretch, but that's what I've got

Least favorite: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant


message 6: by Idit (new)

Idit | 1028 comments Anita wrote: "Idit wrote: "You know it's a good year if there are 46 books that I can say I liked them a lot.
It was tough but I managed to cull them to 14 (after two rounds of inner arguments). I've reached 11..."


oh you will easily cut it for me. Sellout is in there :)
and To the Lighthouse


message 7: by Jenny (last edited Dec 30, 2018 07:52AM) (new)

Jenny (jennywilliams88) | 676 comments I had already made a list so here goes (in no particular order!)

The Unquiet Dead - Ausma Zehanat Khan
The Escape - C L Taylor
The Alienist - Caleb Carr
The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
The Power - Naomi Alderman
Shades of Milk and Honey - Mary Robinette Kowal
The Sculptress - Minette Walters
The City of Brass - S A Chakraborty
Seventeen - Hideo Yokoyama
Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell

Least favourite has to be The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West

EDITED 30/12/2018 Switched The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain - Ian Mortimer to Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell - basically because I'm still reading it and won't finish it in time for the 2018 list!


message 8: by Nicole R (last edited Dec 30, 2018 10:05AM) (new)

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7694 comments Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - Carryou
Becoming - Obama
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies - Fagone
Once Upon a River - Setterfield
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century - Johnson
The Power - Alderman
An American Marriage - Jones
Love and Ruin - McClain
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America - King
The Heart's Invisible Furies - Boyne

A Few Notes:
This year was hard! I read a lot of great books this year, and there are a few very worthy books that just barely missed the cut (a few of them are mentioned below).

An American Marriage and The Power are on this list for one shared reason: they were my IRL book club selections and the discussions my book club had were amazing! They enriched the book and just catapulted them onto this list. I felt very similar with This is How It Always Is, but that one just missed the list.

This year was a nonfiction bonanza for me! I typically read several nonfiction books a year, but rarely do so many just blow my mind. And another one, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, just missed my Top 10.

My favorite book of the year is a toss up between The Heart's Invisible Furies and Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. Both amazing for totally different reasons.

This is the second year in a row that Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America made my "best of" list! I read it for the first time last year and loved it. Then, I read it again for a law school class this past summer and loved it even more. Seriously, the book is brilliant.

Least favorite book? Easy. Something in the Water. To me, this book was total garbage and it was the only 1 star book of my year. I am getting mad again just thinking about it.


message 9: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6276 comments Idit wrote: "oh you will easily cut it for me. Sellout is in there :)
and To the Lighthouse."


HA HA HA, you aren't going to let me are you? I love how you know the ones I really disliked. Of those two though - - To the Lighthouse is the goner.


message 10: by Joanne (new)

Joanne (joabroda1) | 7232 comments I had a great year of reading and it was hard to choose my favorites!

The White Darkness-Grann
The Other Woman-Silva
Grey Sister-Lawrence
Winter of Ice and Iron-Neumeir
His Majesty's Dragon-Novik
Age of Myth-Sullivan
The Wise Man's Fear-Rothfuss
The Lions of Al-Rassan-Garviel
In The Time of Butterflies-Alvarez
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society-Shaffer

No surprise that a few of favorite authors made the cut(Silva, Garviel, Rothfuss), and although there may be a few eye rolls for
His Majesty's Dragon, I had to put Temeraire on my list-absolutely fell in love with this dragon and Captain Lawrence.

I never would have picked up In the Time of the Butterflies on my own. I read it in honor of Denise,
and so glad I did!

Worst Title of the year-Rabbit Proof Fence


message 11: by Cora (last edited Dec 17, 2018 07:55AM) (new)

Cora (corareading) | 1309 comments City of Miracles - Bennett
Oathbringer - Sanderson
Born a Crime - Noah
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Valente
Binti - Okorafor
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - North
Norse Mythology - Gaiman
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Ward
Darktown - Mullen
The Gray House - Petrosyan


Some that just missed the list include:
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal - Willow G. Wilson
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty
Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds

My least favorite read of 2018 was:
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride - Kristen Painter


message 12: by Robin (new)

Robin A The Testament of Mary- Colm Toibin- shortest and most outside my reading box.
11/22/1963- Stephen King- Longest book read and by an author I don't normally read
Between the World and Me-Ta-Nehisi Coates -probably the most painful book I read
The Final hour-Andrew Klavan- last book in book series I read with my oldest son
The Boys who challenged Hilter-Phillip Hoose- Learned the most about history
Flipped- Wendelin Van Draanen -read with my youngest son
Orphan Train-Christina Baker Kline -On my TBR forever
Bukowski in a Sundress- Kim Addonizio -Blind date recommendation from my library
Three to get Deadly-Janet Evanovich-Favorite series
The collected Poems of Ai-Ai-probably my last time reading poems


message 13: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 428 comments Born a Crime - Noah
Red Rising - Brown
The Snow Child - Ivey
Outlander - Gabaldon
Middlesex - Eugenides
Lonesome Dove - McMurty
Attachments - Rowell
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - See
The Return - Matar
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - North


Least Favorite Title: The Night Child by Anna Quinn


message 15: by SouthWestZippy (new)

SouthWestZippy | 855 comments All of these are five stars.

The Martian- Andy Weir
Why I Jumped- Tina Zahn
The Green Mile -Stephen King
A Dog's Way Home-by W. Bruce Cameron
The Apache Wars-Paul Andrew Hutton
The Code Book-Simon Singh
The Boys in the Boat-Daniel James Brown
Educated-Tara Westover
Robin- Dave Itzkoff
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told-Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman

Least favorite:
Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together-Ron Hall

This has been a very strange and stressful year for me and my reading picks reflect it. I found myself reading what I had on hand as much as I could and trying hard to find light reads but was always successful. Lots of one and two star reads this year.

The surprise read for me is Martian by Andy Weir, not my normal read but oh so good. Thanks to this group and other groups I am reading more and more fiction. I hope to find other great fiction reads like Martian next year.


message 16: by Book Concierge (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5633 comments So far this year, I've given 5-star ratings to only 11 books ( out of 175 read). Two of those were re-reads. So the task for me will be which of those two to cut out .....


I'll post after we get back home; pretty close to New Year's.


message 17: by Booknblues (last edited Dec 29, 2018 09:06AM) (new)

Booknblues | 5495 comments Medicine Walk - Richard Wagamese
What we Owe - Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
The Overstory - Richard Powers
There There - Tommy Orange
How Dare the Sun Rise - Sandra Uwiringiyimana
Go, Went, Gone - Jenny Erpenbeck
The Weight of Ink - Rachel Kadish
The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq - Dunya Mikhail
Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese
Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward

For me, 2018, was a really good reading year. So far, I have 12 books which were 5 star books. I usually have to use some of my 4 star reads, but this year I had to leave 2 books off. Regeneration by Pat Barker and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd were the ones that didn't make the cut.

There is nothing light and airy about my list. They all deal with serious societal issues.

I had any number of 4 star books which would normally have made my list and I feel bad that they are not represented.

I didn't have any truly terrible reads but I would list Monterey Bay: A Novel by Lindsay Hatton as the worst for the sheer disappointment of it.


message 18: by annapi (last edited Dec 17, 2018 02:05PM) (new)

annapi | 4906 comments Fangirl - Rowell
The Song of Achilles - Miller
Lethal White - Galbraith
A Civil Campaign - Bujold
Watership Down - Adams
When Breath Becomes Air - Kalanithi
Indian Horse - Wagamese
The Help - Stockett
Beartown - Backman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Honeyman

Had to cull three from the list!

Least favorite (2 stars) - Wonder Part 1: Thanksgiving by Kristie Cook


message 19: by Amy (new)

Amy | 8282 comments Love that AJ put Backman’s Grandmother on the list. I already see two for hearts invisible furies, one for bear town, and one for the weight of ink. And all of those will be on my list. These are really fun to see.


message 20: by Jgrace (new)

Jgrace | 2751 comments I got off to a mediocre start in 2018, but the 2nd half of the year has been much better.


The Weight of Ink - Kadish
Overstory - Powers
How to be Both - Smith
Melmoth - Perry
Medicine Walk - Wagamese
Once Upon a River -Setterfield
Warlight - Ondaatje
It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War - Addario
The Marriage of Opposites - Hoffman
Exit West - Hamid


Very near misses were:
The Essex Serpent - Perry
Meet Me at the Museum - Youngson
Cry,The Beloved Country - Paton

I think the worst book was:
The Girls in the Picture - Benjamin.
It may not have been the worst, but it was the most disappointing.


message 21: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5495 comments Jgrace wrote: "I got off to a mediocre start in 2018, but the 2nd half of the year has been much better.


We have 3 of the same The Weight of Ink, Overstory and Medicine Walk.

Exit West made my list last year.



message 22: by LibraryCin (new)

LibraryCin | 8118 comments Anita wrote: "
The Heart's Invisible Furies - Boyne
..."


I will wait until Jan. 1 to post my top 10, but this one is likely to be on it. This, I believe, is the third book I've read by him, and this, I believe, will be the third book by him to make my top 10 the year I read them! I should also read everything he's written!


message 23: by Idit (new)

Idit | 1028 comments this is such a crazy week - we have primary school graduation activities, so much stuff at work I'm there till midnight, packing to a japan trip and helping a friend with her spring (summer) cleaning
yet here I am, sitting on a spreadsheet and listing books. what have you guys done to me??
(tapped into the obsessive in me clearly)

Here are my 10 books
It was a great year where I can say that I really liked 46 books, and absolutely adored 23 of them

My Brilliant Career - Miles Franklin
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Sellout - Paul Beatty

my most hated book was The Drowned World - J G Ballard.
An absolute rubbish book, almost reaching the - so bad it's good - but not even achieving that


message 24: by Anne ✨ (last edited Dec 17, 2018 07:10PM) (new)

Anne ✨ Finds Joy (annefindsjoy) So hard to narrow it down, but here goes:

Fiction:
Us Against You - Frederick Backman
The Shepherd's Hut - Tim Winton

Historical Fiction:
We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Memoir/Non-fiction:
Educated - Tara Westover
Becoming - Michelle Obama

Fantasy/Mythology/Sci-Fi:
Circe - Madeline Miller
The Power - Naomi Alderman
Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor

Audio/Screenplay:
Girls and Boys - Dennis Kelley - performed by Carey Mulligan

My least favorite (2 stars) was The Summer that Melted Everything - Tiffany McDaniel


message 26: by NancyJ (last edited Dec 30, 2018 11:40PM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4979 comments It was hard to decide which ones to leave off. I finally decided to bump some re-reads even though they are still among like lifetime favorites.

Their Eyes were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston – A New Favorite!!!
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry – biggest surprise
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Every Note Played – Lisa Genova
Circe – Madeline Miller
Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe – Dawn Tripp*
----
Pride and Prejudice -Jane Austen - re-read (favorite)
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri - re-read (favorite)
A Breath of Snow and Ashes - Diana Gabaldon
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
Only Time will Tell- Jeffrey Archer
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
A Long Way Home (Gamache series) - Louise Penny
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Americana- Chimanada Ngozi Idichie
Loving Frank -Nancy Horan

*Best face-to-face book club discussions:
Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe – Dawn Tripp

Least favorite (most annoying cultural biases) - Salt to the Sea


message 27: by Sushicat (last edited Dec 28, 2018 02:06PM) (new)

Sushicat | 804 comments Though I'm not done reading for the year yet, my top 10 list contains all books I gave the full 5 stars to (the easy part) and then I had to choose among the 4.6 stars... tough choices, maybe I'll be back:

Their Eyes were Watching God - Hurston
War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning - Hedges
The Complete Persepolis - Sartrapi
Not My Father's Son - Cumming
The Dog Stars - Heller
There There - Orange
The President's Gardens - Al-Ramli
Empire of Silence - Ruocchio
Darktown - Mullen
Red Dust - Slovo

Honorable mention - those that nearly made it:
American War - El Akkad
Viola d'Amore - Paskov
Greeks Bearing Gifts - Kerr
White Tears - Kunzru
Fruit of the Drunken Tree - Contreras

And a final hateful glance at:
Cops and... lovers? - Castillo
Never to be mentioned again, should have known better with that title...

Edited to comply with the rules...
Edited to add to the honorable mentions...


message 28: by NancyJ (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4979 comments Sushicat wrote: "Though I'm not done reading for the year yet, my top 10 list contains all books I gave the full 5 stars to (the easy part) and then I had to choose among the 4.6 stars... tough choices, maybe I'll ..."

Our first titles are the same! I think I'll want to read that book every year. I loved the story and the imagery.


message 29: by AJ (new)

AJ Timberlake (ajtimberlake) | 822 comments annapi wrote: "Fangirl - Rowell
The Song of Achilles - Miller
Lethal White - Galbraith
A Civil Campaign - Bujold
Watership Down - Adams
When Breath Becomes Air - Kalanithi
Indian Horse - Wagamese
The Help - Stock..."


Anna I think our reading tastes may be more similar than I've ever realized


message 30: by Mindy aka serenity (last edited Dec 20, 2018 12:23PM) (new)

Mindy aka serenity | 115 comments It was a year full of meh books for me as much of my reading is graduate school-related. I only had 2 books that I considered worthy of 5 stars (Book of Life and Bellman and Black), but did have enough 4 star books to round out this list. Perhaps I'm too picky? Who knows.

Book of Life - Harkness
Bellman and Black - Setterfield
Year of the Flood - Atwood
Ragtime - Doctorow
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain - Bryson
Introduction to Manuscript Studies - Clemens
Sorcery and Cecilia - Wrede
Birth of Venus - Dunant
On Writing - King
Timeline - Crichton

I will probably be flamed for this, but my least favorite read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I'm reading it now (nearly done) and just.hate.every.character! I'll finish it but I am so over these people. I don't understand why it is so beloved, honestly I don't. But that's the great thing about books. There are some for every taste.
**Update: I finished the book and hate it even more now.


message 31: by Nicole D. (last edited Dec 18, 2018 10:49AM) (new)

Nicole D. | 1476 comments As someone who used to compile these lists, I recommend people go back and check to see you followed instructions. Spoiler alert: You didn't. haha

From a Low and Quiet Sea - Ryan
The Overstory - Powers
My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Moshfegh
Hallucinating Foucault - Duncker
Before We Were Yours - Wingate
Milkman - Burns
The Testament of Mary - Toibin
Orchid and the Wasp - Hughes
The Shepherd's Hut - Winton

Most Hated: The Great Alone, Washington Black

Possibly R and R was my favorite of the year.
Wingate is not in the league of the others, but I really loved it.


message 32: by Joanne (new)

Joanne (joabroda1) | 7232 comments Mindy aka serenity wrote: "It was a year full of meh books for me as much of my reading is graduate school-related. I only had 2 books that I considered worthy of 5 stars (Book of Life and Bellman and Black), but did have en..."

You are not alone Mindy-I hated Gone Girl too!


message 33: by annapi (new)

annapi | 4906 comments Mindy aka serenity wrote: "I will probably be flamed for this, but my least favorite read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I'm reading it now (nearly done) and just.hate.every.character!..."

Mindy, I couldn't even finish it, and I don't intend to - I hated the characters too and didn't care what happened to them so I just dropped the book.


message 34: by Joni (last edited Dec 18, 2018 05:47PM) (new)

Joni | 606 comments The Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson
Beartown - Fredrik Backman
Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Evicted - Matthew Desmond
Before the Fall - Noah Hawley
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
Cottage By the Sea - Debbie Macomber
Map of the Heart - Susan Wiggs

This is the best year I have had as far as reading. So far I have read 105 books with 106 and 107 in the works. Of the 105, I had 16 that received 5 star ratings. Then I had to pick my favorites. A lot of these are older titles. I usually don't read new releases in the same year they are released.


message 35: by annapi (new)

annapi | 4906 comments Joni wrote: "The Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson
Beartown - Fredrik Backman
Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Evited - Matthew Desmond
Before the Fall - Noah Hawley
The ..."


Joni, you have a typo for Evicted (missing the c).

I don't usually read new releases either! Except for the books I always read as soon as they come out, like the new J.D. Robbs :)


message 36: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments 1. The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

2. The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

3. The Hawkline Monster: a Gothic Western, Richard Brautigan
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

4. Radio Girls, Sarah-Jane Stratford ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ♥

5. The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Melanie Benjamin ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

6. Murder on the Ile Sordou, M.L. Longworth ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
(and a few others by her)

7. Death Comes in Through the Kitchen, Teresa Dovalpage
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

8. Dumplin', Julie Murphy: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

9. Belle Epoque, Elizabeth Ross ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

10. Darkling Bride, Laura Anderson ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

11. Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman, Tessa Arlen
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

12. Sticky Fingers, Nancy Martin ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Very Noteworthy: Lady of the Ashes Series Christine Trent


message 37: by NancyJ (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4979 comments annapi wrote: "Mindy aka serenity wrote: "I will probably be flamed for this, but my least favorite read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I'm reading it now (nearly done) and just.hate.every.character!..."

Mindy, ..."


Me too. I was reading it outside on a beautiful warm day. I hated the characters so much I felt very cold toward them. It felt like dementors had entered my yard. So, just in case, I ran inside for some chocolate. DNF.


message 38: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments NancyJ wrote: "annapi wrote: "Mindy aka serenity wrote: "I will probably be flamed for this, but my least favorite read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I'm reading it now (nearly done) and just.hate.every.characte..."

I'd like to put a list of my least favorite reads this year, but the list is exhaustive & getting longer by the day!


message 39: by Theresa (last edited Dec 18, 2018 04:53PM) (new)

Theresa | 6303 comments The Widows of Malabar Hill - Sujata Massey
The Scribe of Siena - Melodie Winawer
Maurice - E.M. Forster
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows - Balli Kaur Jaswal
Speak No Evil - Uzodinma Iweala
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo - Michael David Lukas
Love and Ruin- Paula McLain
Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century - Kirk Wallace Johnson


I have a shelf named "highly recommended by me" where I acknowledge the books that really knock my socks off when I read them. I have 34 so far in 2018, representing about 20% of the total books I've read this year, and I'm reading another possibility right now, so reserve right to revisit and edit. List of what I consider the absolute top 10, in no particular order except date I read them (early to late in year) or whether they have 4 or 5 stars.

Least favorite - I'm going with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. While I did not completely pan it or give it really low stars, it was hugely disappointing.


message 40: by Theresa (new)

Theresa | 6303 comments NancyJ wrote: "annapi wrote: "Mindy aka serenity wrote: "I will probably be flamed for this, but my least favorite read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I'm reading it now (nearly done) and just.hate.every.characte..."

Me three. Had not even realized you two had put it at your least favorite before putting up my post, listing it as my least favorite.


message 41: by Theresa (new)

Theresa | 6303 comments Joni wrote: "The Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson
Beartown - Fredrik Backman
Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Evited - Matthew Desmond
Before the Fall - Noah Hawley
The ..."



Another person who read The Bookshop of Yesterdays! Loved the literary scavenger hunt, didn't you? Did not make my top ten but rated it high.


message 42: by Theresa (new)

Theresa | 6303 comments Nicole wrote: "Born a Crime - Noah
Red Rising - Brown
The Snow Child - Ivey
Outlander - Gabaldon
Middlesex - Eugenides
Lonesome Dove - McMurty
Attachments - Rowell
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - See
The Return ..."


Another 'Snow Child'! An Alaskan friend promoted that one and oh what a magical read! I also went to Washington DC one weekend to see the play adapted from it -- mediocre adaptation but got the cutest red fox bath toy from it.


message 43: by Theresa (new)

Theresa | 6303 comments Idit wrote: "The Sellout - Paul Beatty.."

I read The Sellout in 2017 or it would have been one of my top 10 this year. Absolutely brilliant satire that made me uncomfortable yet still laughing because it was just too funny.


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annapi | 4906 comments I loved The Snow Child too when I read it 4 years ago!


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Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments Theresa wrote: "Nicole wrote: "Born a Crime - Noah
Red Rising - Brown
The Snow Child - Ivey
Outlander - Gabaldon
Middlesex - Eugenides
Lonesome Dove - McMurty
Attachments - Rowell
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - ..."


I own "Snow Child" on my TBR, have not taken the time...


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Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments Kimberly wrote: "Theresa wrote: "Nicole wrote: "Born a Crime - Noah
Red Rising - Brown
The Snow Child - Ivey
Outlander - Gabaldon
Middlesex - Eugenides
Lonesome Dove - McMurty
Attachments - Rowell
Snow Flower and t..."


I ♥ Trevor Noah... he is very astute & articulate without the arrogance of many other political satirists!


message 47: by Joni (last edited Dec 18, 2018 05:48PM) (new)

Joni | 606 comments annapi wrote: "Joni wrote: "The Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson
Beartown - Fredrik Backman
Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Evited - Matthew Desmond
Before the Fall - Noa..."


Thank you for catching my typo. :) I have three authors that I read at release date. Two of them made my top 10 this your....Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs.


message 48: by Joni (new)

Joni | 606 comments Theresa wrote: "Joni wrote: "The Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson
Beartown - Fredrik Backman
Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Evited - Matthew Desmond
Before the Fall - Noa..."


I really did enjoy The Bookshop of Yesterdays.....although my literature knowledge is not that great. I never "solved" any of the clues. I thought it was very well written. My friend, Ellen (a fellower PBT'er) also read it and enjoyed it.


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punxsygal | 270 comments In The Woods - French
A Man Called Ove - Backman
All The Light We Cannot See - Doerr
The Radium Girls - Moore
The Shadow of the Wind - Zafon
84 Charing Cross Road - Hanff
A Death in Vienna - Tallis
Just One Damned Thing After Another - Taylor
In The Midst of Winter - Allende
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Reichert

Worst: The Great Alone - Hannah


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Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments punxsygal wrote: "In The Woods - French
A Man Called Ove - Backman
All The Light We Cannot See - Doerr
The Radium Girls - Moore
The Shadow of the Wind - Zafon
84 Charing Cross Road - Hanff
A Death in Vienna - Tallis..."


I finally read "84 Charing Cross Rd" I really liked it 4 ★, so not in my top 10.

Being a Librarian, shame on me for taking 20+ years to finally read it!


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