Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 (you can do it by only 2015 releases,  overall , by genre (top ten fantasy books I read in 2015), etc. however you choose to make your BEST list)

I’ve read 35 books this year ( a huge improvement over last year)! Some of them were great and others were stinkers. Let’s just see how well I did for this reading year:

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10.Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home by  Kathleen Cremonesi

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9. Cutting the Soul: A Journey Into the Mental Illness of a Teenager Through the Eyes of His Mother by Theresa Larsen

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8. The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

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7.  A Man of Some Repute (A Very English Mystery #1) by Elizabeth Edmondson

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6. The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Kutchur

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5.  The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks

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Goodreads 2015 Choice Award Winners

The votes are in! This past Monday Goodreads released the winners of the 2015 Best Books of the Year. There were some great nominees but of course only one can win each category. Here are the winners:

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And now without tearing each other apart, what do you think of the winners? Do you agree or disagree with the winners? Did you even agree with the nominees for this year?

 

 

UK & US Bestselling Books: Week Ending November 7

I’m sorry that I missed the last couple of weeks but I’m trying to get back on track. Now that Halloween is over and most stores bypass Thanksgiving altogether, we now have a head start in holiday shopping, especially with these great books entering the horizons. If you need some holiday gift ideas, check out these exciting new rankings:

UK Bestsellers:

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School – Jeff Kinney
  2. Grandpa’s Great Escape – David Williams
  3. Harry Potter Coloring Book – Warner Brothers
  4. Girl Online: On Tour: 2 – Zoe Sugg
  5. You Are Dead – Peter James
  6. Even Dogs in The Wild The New John Rebus – Ian Rankin
  7. Star Wars Annual 2016 – Egmont UK Ltd.
  8. Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead My Adventures as a Road Racing Truck Fitter – Guy Martin
  9. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
  10. Memory Man – David Baldacci

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LibraryReads: November 2015 List

LibraryReads published next month’s LibraryReads List, a monthly list of top ten books recommended by librarians across the country. Check out these new hot releases!

(All links are from Goodreads)

  1. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Available 11/3/2015)
  2. The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild (Available 11/3/2015)
  3. Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay (Available 11/3/2015)
  4. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Available 11/10/15)
  5. The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Available 11/3/2015)
  6. The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson (Available 11/3/2015)
  7. Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams (Available 11/3/2015)
  8. A Likely Story: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay (Available 11/3/2015)
  9. Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker (Available 11/10/15)
  10. A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham and Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator) (Available 11/10/15)

UK’s & US’s Bestselling Books: Week Ending October 17

Not that much movement in this week’s rankings. Here are this week’s listings:

UK Bestsellers:

  1. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
  2. Grandpa’s Great Escape – David Williams
  3. Everyday Super Food – Jamie Oliver
  4. Binge – Tyler Oakley
  5. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan
  6. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  7. Warriors of the Storm – Bernard Cornwell
  8. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

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UK’s & US’s Bestselling Books: Week Ending Oct. 10

So glad After You made it in the top 10! 🙂 Here are this week’s listings:

UK Bestsellers:

  1. Grandpa’s Great Escape – David Williams
  2. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
  3. Everyday Super Food – Jamie Oliver
  4. Warriors of the Storm – Bernard Cornwell
  5. Binge – Tyler Oakley
  6. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan
  7. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  8. After The Crash – Michel Bussi
  9. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
  10. A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

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Book Review: The Trouble With Words by Suzie Tullett

unnamed Format: E-Book

Pages: 192 pages

Published: October 1, 2015

Publisher: Safkhet Publishing

Genre: Fiction & Literature, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis: 

Promises are easy to make but hard to keep.

Having long made a promise to her husband, young widow Annabel has no intentions of breaking it. What she does plan to do, though, is have a baby. Not the easiest of tasks for a woman with a deceased other half, and having explored all her options, her only choice is to take the unconventional route. Setting out to find her own donor, Annabel meets Dan. Single, fun-loving and definitely not looking for commitment, this unruly blonde, blue-eyed man seems perfect for the job.

Dan wants nothing more than to find his dream woman. But with a mother intent on sabotaging his every relationship, he can’t help but think he’s destined to remain single. Of course, he knows his mother doesn’t really want him all for herself, why else would she keep insisting he meet Maeve? Why else would she insist Dan promise to find himself a wife before she meets her maker?

Forced to negotiate matters of love, life and death, Annabel and Dan seem the answer to each other’s prayers. But will they really be able to keep the promises they made? And is having a baby really the answer?”

This was a very quick and enjoyable read. This book is all about promises, promises about the past, promises about the future. And it was just beautifully well done.

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Wrap-Up: September 2015

wpid-wp-1443789826864.jpgI know I am a week late and I haven’t been posting lately but I have my reasons.

I started a new job! As a librarian!

So all last month was basically doing training and learning new things, which is great but unfortunately it gives me little time to update this blog so I want to apologize for that. I know I haven’t kept up with my “Weekly Tea Discussions” but I’ll promise I’ll try to keep up with them.

I didn’t get to read that many books last month but once I’m settled in my new job, that will change:

Books I Read:

The House of Seventh Street by Karen Vorbeck Williams

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen ( I haven’t wrote a review for this yet but maybe later in the year I will when I have time)

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

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Book Review: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

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Pages: 436 pages

Published: June 2, 2015

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Genre: Fiction & Literature, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?”

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UK’s & US’s Bestselling Books: Week Ending October 3

This week’s UK listings come from the Waterstones’ Bestsellers website.

UK Bestsellers:

  1. Grandpa’s Great Escape – David Williams
  2. Everyday Super Food – Jamie Oliver
  3. Leading – Alex Ferguson
  4. Make Me – Lee Child
  5. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  6. Binge – Tyler Oakley
  7. After The Crash – Michel Bussi
  8. The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld Novels 41) – Terry Pratchett
  9. My Story – Steven Gerrard
  10. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan

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