BOOKS: Favorites of 2015
It’s been an eternity since I started a book thread, but with the end of the year approaching, I have a great question: What were the best books you read this year?
I’m not a fan of war novels, and yet the best books I read this year were novels dealing with war: Birdsong (by Sebastian Faulks) and The Nightingale (by Kristin Hannah).
Birdsong combines two main plot lines: one concerns a romance, and the other the horrors of WWI. A friend of mine had given me the DVD (which, oddly enough, is somewhat better than the book in that it alternates the two plots so that the war sections are relieved by scenes of the love story). I actually recommend watching the movie first (try getting it through your library system).
As for Kristin Hannah, I’m not really into chick-lit so much, and I really resisted getting this book (so much acclaim!). But when a friend of mind (who never steers me wrong) recommended it, I gave in. The book is splendid; I learned so much!
What books did you especially love this year?
Suspect by Robert Crais. It’s about a dog who served 3 tours in Afghanistan and was shot twice by a sniper and a LA cop and their journey together to recover from PTSD. (Not a tear jerker) Excellent book and written very well. I highly recommend this book which is available both in book form and online.
A kid at heart here. I still enjoy reading the classics from Robert Louise Stevens. Ah Treasure Island, Moby **bleep** and the list goes on….,Ronnie
FaireMaiden, I mostly read fiction, although I do enjoy biographies. My favorite non-fiction book of 2015 was How Can I Keep from Singing? It’s a fascinating book about folk legend Pete Seeger.
I’ll have to check out the Shakespeare book you mentioned. (Thank heaven for libraries!)
Sunday, January 3-2015… INSOMNIAC, I don’t read fiction, and don’t know if you’ve made this Thread exclusive to that, but, taking a chance that Non-Fiction is included, the best two books I read this past year are:
Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth by Charles Beauclerk. He also released a DVD about this called Last Will & Testament, (which was featured on PBS), and is rather a synopsis of the book. It’s very good, but not nearly as inclusively-detailed as the book. I highly recommend both.
Babylon’s Banksters: The Alchemy of Deep Physics, High Finance and Ancient Religion by Joseph P. Farrell. Money, Banking, their Origins, the Cycles of Time and Timing, and the cost of Debt-Free Money, (three American Presidents assassinated for it). Utterly fascinating. If you’ve ever wondered how the present-day world became the economic failure it is, this book is for you. Highly recommend.
Thanks to you, Insomniac, I finally read Gone With the Wind! Honestly, I really had no desire to ever read it. I LOVE the movie so much, I really thought I had no need to read the book. I mostly want to see a movie only after reading the book…and the movie usually ends up disappointing me. In this case, however, I am glad I saw the movie first, because I related the characters to the movie and it really helped make them more likable than they would have been in the book.
The Wright Brothers – David McCullough
LOVE Nora Roberts 🙂 Still have a huge box "to read" and have another huge box that I’ve already read… cannot put the book down when I start … she pulls you in from page 1 !!!
Still like The Game Of Thrones. Waiting for book number six to come out…..Ronnie
I read many free Kindle books. One of my favorites was Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon.:womanvery-happy: Portions of it had me LOL!
We need Bleeper Security to keep this pizza stealing squirrel caged up until midnight Friday night. Anybody got their number!
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09.23.15 3:08 PM