I usually read a couple of historical fictions every year. And this year is no exception to that rule. But I also read a bunch of non-fictions, which I rarely do. Here are chronological lists of both from 2015, along with ratings and what made me read them.
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber - Julian Rubinstein - 2.5. This was our January book for the Los Gatos Library Tuesday Evening Book Club.
Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials - Tyler Draa. There's no rating on this one because I was an early reader for my friend Tyler. Now, the book is in the marketplace, thanks to Tyler's publisher, Balcony7.
Daring to Dream Once Again - Dinah Lin - 2.5. Our RBC member and author, Ann Bridges, introduced me to Dinah. So I wanted to read her memoir.
A House in the Sky - Amanda Linkhout, Sara Corbett - 3.0. Heidi and her mom, Barb, strongly suggested I read this memoir.
Alex Haley's Roots: An Author's Odyssey - 2.5. Fellow RBC member and author, Betty Auchard, suggested I read this. She put Adam and me together.
Being Mortal - Atul Gawande - 3.75. Phil suggested I read this quite a while ago, and I didn't do anything about it. I got one more push some time later (I can't remember who did the pushing). The combo of pushes pushed me over the edge.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - 3.25. Joni's cousin, Besi, strongly recommended this one. So I said "Sure."
Ordinary Light - Tracy K. Smith - 3.0. This is a memoir that I got as an ARC from a publisher (I get a few of these each year).
Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline - 4.0. This was another Los Gatos Library Tuesday Evening Book Club selection.
Edge of Eternity - Ken Follett - 4.25. This is book 3 of Follett's Century Trilogy and my top book of the year.
The Race for Paris - Meg Waite Clayton - 3.25. I read this one because I know Meg personally and will read anything she writes.
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah - 3.5. My friend Linda gave this to me and told me to read it. So I did.
San Francisco - Marian Lindner - 2.0. This is another local author that I know. And it's her debut novel about the 1906 earthquake.