Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Best Books 2015



This week we're looking at the Top Ten Best Books of 2015. It's striking to me how many contemporaries are on this list. In fact my usual kind of reads are not represented much at all. I'm not sure what that means, but a good book is a good book, and while last year was a heavy YA year for me, I guess this year was more the year of the contemporary. Or something.

At any rate, here are my picks for best of the year- or more accurately, the books I enjoyed the most. In no particular order- although Big Little Lies was my favorite book this year, hands down.

Big Little Lies

Eight Hundred Grapes

Heir to the Jedi

The Deep End

Guaranteed to Bleed (The Country Club Murders #2)


The Blue: A Novel

Time Salvager (Time Salvager #1)


Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman (Lady Montfort Mystery #1)

Deadfall (Blackbird, #2)

35 comments:

  1. Big Little Lies was awesome! Glad you loved it too. Great list!

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    1. I thought so too, I loved that book!

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  2. Great list! I haven't read any of these but a few are going to go on my wishlist. I own Big Little Lies, just haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I might have to make that the next book I read during my commutes.

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    1. Big Little Lies is awesome, and hilarious too (at least I thought so). Even though there's serious the main character is fun and some of the observations from side characters really add a lot. :)

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  3. Great list! I've only read Guaranteed to Bleed but I want to read Deep End, Big Little Lies, Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman, and pretty much every other book on your list!

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    1. You'll like Deep End if you liked Guaranteed. :) And Big Little Lies, I recommend that to everyone I talk to ha ha.

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  4. I can't remember if I've added Death of a Dishonourable Gentleman on my wishlist but it looks and sounds interesting, I'll have to keep a lookout for it :) Great list!

    My TTT

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    1. Thanks for stopping. I was pleasantly surprised by that one, it was a debut (I think) and the next one is due in March. A good book. :)

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  5. Awesome list! I've only read Heir, and it's definitely a good one!

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I liked Heir, I wasn't sure if it was "best" material but it got me back into Star Wars a bit, and I liked the end a lot.

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  6. I haven't read any of these, but Time Salvager looks awesome! Great list :D

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Time Salvager is definitely interesting, after an iffy beginning I liked it later on. And there's a sequel next year.

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  7. That is odd that the best books were mostly outside your genre. I am going to have to look into them since contemporary isn't really my thing either, but apparently these are just good period.

    I just looked up the first book for Deadfall, and whaaa? Second person? That's unusual. I'm tempted to read it just to see what that's like.

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    1. I know, I don't know what it is. I was putting this list together and I was like, really? Kinda surprised myself.

      Big Little Lies just cracked me up, and deadfall/ Blackbird- a lot of people hated the 2nd person but it didn't bother me.
      They weren't great books but I liked the premise, and they were good enough. :)

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  8. Heir to the Jedi and Time Salvager are already on my tbr shelf so I'm hoping that I'll get to both in 2016 - I've heard wonderful things about both :D Liane Moriarty is an author I've been meaning to check out as well so hopefully soon! Awesome list Greg^^

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    1. Liane Moriarty has a way of infusing humor into stories with serious stuff that I really enjoyed. I'll read more of her. :)

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  9. The cover for Time Salvager looks awesome! I haven't read any of these. But great list!

    My TTT

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    1. I like that cover too. Probably why I read it LOL.

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  10. I'm seeing Time Salvager a lot. I'll have to add that to my TBR.

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    1. It's an interesting one, definitely. I kinda stumbled on it, the cover jumped out at me. :)

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  11. Nice list of books. I'll have to check out some of the books on your list.

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday post for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-best-books-i.html

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  12. I am glad to see A Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman on your list. :-) I really want to read Big Little Lies and The Blue. The Julie Mulhern books look good too! And thanks to you Deadfall is one I hope to read. And The Time Salvager. Maybe I should just say all of them. :-)

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  13. Great list. I need to get to Deadfall!

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  14. Great list! I loved Big, Little Lies.

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  15. I've not yet read any of these but 4 of them are on my wish list thanks to your reviews.:) Isn't it funny how the books we enjoyed the most don't always jibe with what types of books we prefer? It's an eye-opener.

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    1. Yeah I was surprised, although I knew I was reading different stuff this year. Las year was a lot more YA, for some reason read a LOT less of that.

      Glad you found some you want to try. :) Hope you like 'em when you get to them.

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  16. I think it's great you were surprised by your list. :)

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    1. Me too, it was nice to read some different things this year. We'll see what next year brings, hopefully more YA stuff. I read a lot of mystery this year.

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  17. Great list. It is nice when you can change genre's like that. :)

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  18. My hubby wants to start reading the Star Wars books, I will have to check that one out for him!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  19. Nice list! Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman looks appealing, and I should try Heir to the Jedi, since I enjoy both Star Wars and Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series.

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  20. Not read any of those but there are a couple on my wishlist. :)

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  21. Glad to see the two Julie Mulhern books - I loved them, too! Big Little Lies was on my list last year. Several others here are on my wish list:)

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  22. I will have to check several of these. Thanks for sharing your Top Ten.

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