Y’rs best -2015

BEST OF 2015

GENERAL FICTION:
How to be Both
by Ali Smith
2014/ 384 pages
rating – 8.5 / general fiction

Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill – 2014
rating: 9.5 / experimental?

On Such a Full Sea
by Chang-rae Lee –
2014
rating: 9  / dystopian fiction
(read and listened)

Suspended Sentences
by Patrick Modiano  – 2014
rating – 9.5 / three novellas

The Harder They Come
by T.C. Boyle
2015 / 400 pages
rating 8.5 / literary suspense

The Snopes Trilogy
by William Faulkner  (US)
1940 – 1957  / 3 volumes
Rating 10 / classic American fiction

The Neapolitan Quartet
Elena Ferrante  (Italy)
2012 – 2015 /
Rating 10 / feminist fiction

A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James
2014  688 pages
rating 9.5  / literary crime

City on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg 2015
Rating: 9.5 /

A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara 2015
Rating 9.5

Did You Ever Have a Family
by Bill Clegg
2014/ 304 pages
rating – 9.25 /  contemp. fiction

Maps
by Farah Nurruddin
1986 / 288 pages
rating – 8.5

Nora Webster
by Colm Toibin
2015 / 374 pages (Kindle)
rating – 9 / contemp. fiction

Karnak Cafe
by Naguib Mahfouz
1974 / 101 pages
rating 9.25 – classic – 20th cent fiction

CRIME:

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
by Alexander McCall Smith
2015 / 224 pages
read by Lisette Lecat – 9h 20m
rating – A++  /  very cozy crime
#16 in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series
The Cartel
by Don Winslow
2015 /
rating A++ / organized crime

Career of Evil
by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
2015 / 512 pages
Read by Robert Glenister  17h 58m
Rating A-  / crime-detective
(3rd in Cormoran Strike series)

Darned If You Do
by Monica Ferris
2015/ 308 pages
read by Susan Boyce 8h 25m
rating A / crime (traditional/cozy)
(Needlecraft series #18)

Blessed Are the Dead
by Malla Nunn (South Africa/Australia)
2012 / 336 pages
read by Humphrey Bower  9h 7m  (A+)
rating:   A /  crime

NONFICTION:
The Meaning of Human Existence
by Edward O. Wilson
2013 / 208 pages
read by Jonathan Hogan 5h 6m
rating – 8.5  / nonfiction – science philosophy
(I both read and listened to this one)

The War of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
by Dan Jones
2014 / 416 pages
read by John Curless 15h 7m
rating 9 / history – England 15th century
(I both read and listened to this one)

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
by Dan Jones
2012 / 580 pages
read by Clive Chafer/ 20h 49m
rating 9 – history of England

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande
2014 / 282 pages
read by Robert Patoff  9h 3m
rating:  9 / nonfiction (health – medicine)
(read and listened)

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson
2015/448 pages
read by Scott Brick 13h 4m
rating:  8.5  /  popular history
* both read and listened –

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown
2013 / 418 pages
read by Edward Herrmann
rating – 9 / nonfiction history

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt
2014 / 528 pages
read by  Jonathan Haidt 11h
rating 9  / nonfiction – psychology / ethics

Between the World and Me
by  Ta-Nehisi Coates
2015 / 178 pages
read by  Ta-Nehisi Coate  – 3h 35m
rating:  9.5  / race relations – memoir 

For Prior Reviews see the list under https://beckylindroos.wordpress.com/012011-2/
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4 Responses to Y’rs best -2015

  1. WOO hoo, two Aussies in there which means I can claim to have read two of your best books this year. I’d love to read the Ferrante one, one day.

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  2. The Ferrante book is the third book in a 4-book series and the books are intimately intertwined – the story of two very bright girls growing up in a poor section of Naples starting in the late 1940s, going on through marriages, careers, etc. Very feminist in tone. The first one is “My Brilliant Friend,” second is “The Story of a New Name” and the third is “Those Who Stay and Those Who Leave.” I highly recommend the series and I’m eagerly awaiting the final (I hope and hope not) installment. LOL –

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  3. residentjudge says:

    What an interesting collection of fiction books- really diverse. I’m looking forward to reading the Ferrante books too.

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