Sunday, December 27, 2015

Top Books of 2015

As you can see from the ratings at the end of each book title, "the 9" go from 4.25 (which is now in my top 25 all-time) down to 3.75.  These are in order, too.  And before you scroll down (you will scroll down, won't you?), here are the total number of books this year at all the ratings below 3.75:

3.5 -      7
3.25 -  12
3.0   -  12
2.75 -    7
2.5 -    10
2.25 -    1
2.0 -      5
DNF -   2 (I don't want to mention names...but one was The Goldfinch)

1.  Edge of Eternity - Ken Follett - book 3 of the Century Trilogy - 4.25

2.  Goodnight June - Sarah Jio - 35-year old woman in NY comes back to Seattle to sell her great-aunt's children's bookstore - 4.0+

3.  Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline - fictionalized account of the fact that East Coast orphans and abandoned children were shipped to the Midwest between 1854-1929 - 4.0

4.  Be Careful What You Wish For - Jeffrey Archer - book 4 of The Clifton Chronicles - 4.0

4.  Mightier Than The Sword - Jeffrey Archer - book 5 of The Clifton Chronicles - 4.0

6.  Breathless in Love - Jennifer Skully and Bella Andre - book 1 of the Maverick Billionaires romance series - 4.0

7.  Being Mortal - Atul Gawande - non-fiction - neurosurgeon's view of the quality of end-of-life - 3.75

8.  After You - JoJo Moyes - sequel to Me Before You - 3.75

9.  Reckless in Love - Jennifer Skully and Bella Andre - book 2 of Maverick Billionaires series - 3.75


  1. I like your choices. The only one I've read is Goodnight Moon but I think I have the first of the Clifton Chronicles on my shelves. Did you ever read Archer's Prison Diaries? Made me dislike him and want to read his books less even though I know he is a gifted writer. (
    I hope to read both After You and Being Mortal this year. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for mt first read of the year :)

    1. I don't think I read Prison Diaries. But I will pay special attention to your 1st book of the new year.

  2. Wow! Thank you, Lloyd! Bella and I made it into your top books twice! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Mavericks. I love all the books in your list, and I read them, of course, based on your recommendation. The only two I haven't gotten to are Being Mortal and After You, but they're now on my list! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Happy new year to you. And please let me know when you've got a good recommendation for me. I would definitely trust your selections.

  3. I haven't read any of these but really want to read Being Mortal. I thought I'd wait until the holidays were over to read it, though, because I know it's about a tough subject. I've had Orphan Train for longer than I'd like to admit. I'm sure I'll love it and After You.

  4. I feel pretty confident that you will like the 3 that you mentioned.