Friday, January 20, 2017

Top Books - After The 27. And We've Got A New Indie Bookstore!

I've listed my top 27 (too) many times.  You all know what those books are.  BUT, I want to give you 3 more lists - 4.0, 3.75, and 3.5.  Because I still recommend all of those very highly, and they're all on my Sunday morning rec table.  So here are the 4.0s in the 6 years since I started my blog:

2011 - 0

2012 - 1
The Angels Share - Rayme Waters

2013 - 3
Minefields of the Heart (non-fiction) - Sue Diaz
Looking for Me - Beth Hoffman
Me Before You - JoJo Moyes

2014 - 0

2015 - 4
Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles #4) - Jeffrey Archer
Mightier than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles #5) - Jeffrey Archer
Breathless in Love (The Maverick Billionaires #1) - Jennifer Skully and Bella Andre

2016 - 4
The God's Eye View - Barry Eisler
Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
Cometh the Hour (The Clifton Chronicles, # 6) - Jeffrey Archer

If you add these 12 to the uppermost 27, that means that I've only read 39 total books that are 4.0 or higher.  Do you realize what a small percentage of total books read this number represents?  Pretty staggering, I would say.

NEW BOOKSTORE:  Yep, we've got a new independent bookstore in the Bay Area.  Book Passage has added a 3rd store.  This one is in Sausalito. Pretty darn cool.


  1. Your list reminds me to return to the Clifton Chronicles. I read the first one and then never got back to the others. Nice to see a new indie opening!

    1. What area of the country do you live in, Mary? How's your indie bookstore situation?
      The Clifton Chronicles is one of my favorite series of all-time.

    2. I'm in Wisconsin - along Lake Michigan. There are a few thriving indies in my metro area. One is about 5 miles from my house and the other about 40. I try to stop when I'm in the area and have the time to browse.

    3. Cool. It does look like independent bookstores are on the rise. And now Amazon is planning on opening a bunch of brick and mortars. Hopefully, that will keep the trend going.

  2. Thanks for making me smile, Lloyd. I'm delighted to see "Looking for Me" on your list!