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Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer (first book read in 2015, remained my favorite)
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (non-fiction)
Other novels: Cornwell's Empty Throne; The Devil in the Marshalsea, by Antonia Hodgson; Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel; and Conn Iggulden's first two books in his Wars of the Roses trilogy.
Two good mysteries: Who Buries the Dead, C. S. Harris; The Reckoning, by Rennie Airth.
Tried a biblical fiction this year and really enjoyed it: The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks - about King David.
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I found I enjoyed lots of biographies, historical and non-fiction books this year, too. This is the list I will share here.
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
The Yard by Alex Grecian
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Those Who Save Us is still on my TBR, REK. Maybe this year ...
I love pulling together my "best of" list every year. It's like catching up with old friends. I especially love when the title of a book will remind me of a scene or character that remains as vivid as the day I first read them.
Winston Graham's first four Poldark books:
The final two "Rome" books by M.C. Scott:
And these wonderful novels (in no particular order):
Yes, I was surprised how much I enjoyed Jenna Blum's Those Who Save Us. When I pick up one of these older ones I find myself wondering why I took so long to read them. And, I'm trying to find the initiative to tackle Diane Gabaldon's hefty series. Only managed to get through the first one when they were first available. Meanwhile, I am looking at your best reads and adding more to my TBR pile!
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Wonderful lists, ladies! And some great additions to my TBR list.
I didn't read as much this year as I usually do and read some good books - but not many wonderful books. Here are my favorites on the year.
My all around top pick of the year was a nonfiction biography: Van Gogh: The Life by Naiveh - very dense and slow reading but soooo good. Runner up in that category was The Plantagenents by Dan Jones.
A favorite fiction - non hf - Swamplandia! by Russell
My favorite hf were The Nightingale by Hannah and The Invention of Wings Kidd
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I am so behind in my reading but these are some of my favorites from 2015:
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
The Revenant - Michael Punke
Who Buries the Dead - C S Harris
Inspector of the Dead - David Morrell
Two Bronze Pennies - Chris Nickson
The Searcher - Simon Toyne
Fear the Darkness - Becky Masterman
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Here's my Best of 2015 list
Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
White Collar Girl by Renee Rosen
The Axeman by Ray Celestin
Master of the Delta by Thomas H. Cook
Inspector of the Dead by Thomas Morrell
Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Listening Valley by D.E. Stevenson
The Seven Sisters & The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley
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I read (and caught up on) 4 excellent series in 2015 from these authors:
The Outlaw Chronicles by Angus Donald
The India Black series by Carol Carr
The Wilderness series by Sara Donati
The Giordano Bruno series by SJ Parris
Wow. What a year for me with these awesome series! :)
Best Historical Fiction:
Fatal Enquiry by Will Thomas
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Ruthless Yeoman by Valerie Anand
Best Non Fiction:
Sea of Faith by Stephen O'Shea
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith