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Old 12-02-15, 08:05 PM  
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Talking How about a best & worst books read in 2015

Since a best for fitness is already up, we have many readers here, so what is the best or the worst book you read this year?

There are many great books I read but if I had to choose one it would be Tolstoy's War & Peace; my worst would be Robin Cook's Host.
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Old 12-02-15, 08:15 PM  
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The best book I read this year was The Man in the Rockefeller Suit. I'm not usually into true crime, but I could not put this book down. I passed it on to my dad so he could read it.
The worst was the last Hunger Games book. Blech. Hated it. At least it ended ok.
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Old 12-02-15, 08:43 PM  
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I read a lot of good books. The only two I really disliked were Gone Girl and Shiver. Ugh.
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Old 12-02-15, 08:51 PM  
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Go Set a Watchman, the Harper Lee novel, was awful.

Loved All the Light We Cannot See and Salman Rushdie's book about his years in hiding, Joseph Anton.
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Old 12-02-15, 08:56 PM  
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I've been keeping track of the books I've read on GoodReads this year, and it's been a good experience. I've figured out that my tastes have changed, and this has helped me figure out what to seek out, what to abandon and what to read again.

Brandon Sanderson's The Emperor's Soul is a good story. I've read it twice this year. This is the only thing of his I've read, mostly because I'm not really into big fantasy epics these days, and that's apparently most of what he does. (And apparently he does it well.)

In mystery, my favorite series this year has been Charles Finch's Charles Lenox series. (First one, A Beautiful Blue Death). It's a cozy mystery series set mostly in London in the Victorian era. Not too cutesy, not too gruesome. I let the first in the series sit on my shelf for years, mostly because I assumed that the story would be more gruesome/dark than it turned out to be. I've read them all, and enjoyed this series. (Though I'm glad I get the rest at the library, LOL!)
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Old 12-02-15, 10:20 PM  
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The best book I've read this year was Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters and the worst was, without a doubt, JoJoMoyes' After You.
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Old 12-02-15, 10:31 PM  
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The best thing I read this year was The Nightingale.

I was going to say the worse thing I read was Goldfinch, but when I looked it up in my log, I read it in February 2014! I guess I will go with It's in his Heart. It was a free Amazon first. I am so glad I did not pay for it.
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Old 12-02-15, 11:35 PM  
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I have read a lot of books that I have really enjoyed and some that were just okay. If I don't like a book I usually don't finish it. I have decided that life is too short to read books that I don't enjoy since I'm reading for pleasure and entertainment. That said, three books that I read this year that I really didn't like were American Pride by Michael Ker (it was not at all what I was expecting and the protagonist was absolutely awful), Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons (others love it though) and Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (again, not what I was expecting and not very funny IMHO).
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Old 12-03-15, 12:46 AM  
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Best, nothing blew me away. I really liked Jane Smiley's new trilogy, The Martian, Blue Spool of Thread, Brain on Fire.

Worst - Thirteen Reasons Why- by Jay Asher. How i hated this book. Someone who knows much more about this told me I'm wrong about most people commit suicide being mentally ill. I still hate this book, but am wrong about the rest

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Old 12-03-15, 02:08 AM  
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good thread.

all non-fiction:

excellent (my top 6 out of 12):
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, MD (brain surgeon; enjoyed his humor too)
Don't Try This At Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World's Greatest Chefs by Kimberley Witherspoon & Andrew Friedman (i LOL'd at some of these stories!)
Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD
The 8 Hour Diet by David Zinczenko
Super Memory by Gary Small, MD
Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook by Camilla Saulsbury

disappointing duds:
The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo
The power of habit : why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg

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