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    Doesn't look like I'll be getting to anything new before the year ends, so here's my end of the year "Best Of 2017". Most years I have trouble with the top of this list, but for me this year was easy. The hard part this year is listing 10 that I really liked. Keep in mind, I'm only including books published in 2017. While a very solid reading year at the top of the list, the bottom of this year's list contains books that wouldn't have sniffed the list the past several years. I'm going to leave a gap in the list where I feel like the quality between two offerings is significant enough to warrant more than one slot in rankings in most other years. As always, your mileage will vary.

    So here goes, my "Best literary fiction 2017"

    1. Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
    2. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
    3. Autumn by Ali Smith
    4. Human Acts by Han Kang

    5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

    6. The Leavers by Lisa Ko
    7. The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
    8. Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
    9. American War by Omar El Akkad
    10. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

    Honorable Mention:

    Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami (I feel like he's written the same book several times now, whiskey, a lonely dude, a cat and lots of awkwardly described sex (but not with the cat)).

    The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh (technically crime fiction but it's literary enough to qualify for the list)

    And my "WTF?" award goes to:
    Homesick For Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    Doesn't look like I'll be getting to anything new before the year ends, so here's my end of the year "Best Of 2017". Most years I have trouble with the top of this list, but for me this year was easy. The hard part this year is listing 10 that I really liked. Keep in mind, I'm only including books published in 2017. While a very solid reading year at the top of the list, the bottom of this year's list contains books that wouldn't have sniffed the list the past several years. I'm going to leave a gap in the list where I feel like the quality between two offerings is significant enough to warrant more than one slot in rankings in most other years. As always, your mileage will vary.

    So here goes, my "Best literary fiction 2017"

    1. Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmin Ward
    2. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
    3. Autumn by Ali Smith
    4. Human Acts by Han Kang

    5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

    6. The Leavers by Lisa Ko
    7. The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
    8. Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
    9. American War by Omar El Akkad
    10. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

    Honorable Mention:

    Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami (I feel like he's written the same book several times now, whiskey, a lonely dude, a cat and lots of awkwardly described sex (but not with the cat)).

    The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

    And my "WTF?" award goes to:
    Homesick For Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
    Thanks. This what I was hoping you and couple of the other board bibliophiles would comment, when I started the other thread.

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    My favorite books from this year:
    1. Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmin Ward
    2. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

    3. Autumn by Ali Smith
    4. Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman
    5. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

    6. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
    7. The Leavers by Lisa Ko


    I like the "WTF" category:
    The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel by some french guy
    Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders - mainly I list this here to bug SB

    Best books I read from prior years:
    The Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro (1989)
    Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller (2012)
    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)
    The North Water by Ian McGuire (2016)
    Miss Jane by Brad Watson (2016) - I cant remember if I listed this last year, but it was a beautiful book.

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    Just finished Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. Yes, he actually wrote it himself. He goes into great detail about the early days of Blue Ribbon Sports and how NIKE came to be. For 18 years he was on the verge of going out of business without enough cash flow, and trying to grow the business. He shares some things that must have been difficult for him to disclose.

    A very poignant moment was the death of Steve Prefontaine, and he goes into great detail of his last race. I found this part most interesting, because I was in Eugene that night as a 15 year old kid for the State T&F Championships at Hayward field the next day. I was at Pre's last race and my friend Dave got his autograph. I got the autograph of Mac Wilkins. We woke up the next morning to the news, and the whole city of Eugene was in shock. To say the Pre was a beautiful man would be an understatement. He was a 24 year old god.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    My favorite books from this year:
    1. Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmin Ward
    2. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

    3. Autumn by Ali Smith
    4. Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman
    5. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

    6. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
    7. The Leavers by Lisa Ko


    I like the "WTF" category:
    The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel by some french guy
    Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders - mainly I list this here to bug SB

    Best books I read from prior years:
    The Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro (1989)
    Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller (2012)
    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)
    The North Water by Ian McGuire (2016)
    Miss Jane by Brad Watson (2016) - I cant remember if I listed this last year, but it was a beautiful book.

    Ha ha, it’s like the only one we’ve ever really disagreed on. I like listing books you read this year from others. I’m going to edit mine when I get a few minutes. Still need to read Reservoir 13.

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    Thanks for the lists... I'm pining for a good book. I'm halfway through Origins by DB... and I have to turn it off after an hour because it puts me to sleep - which is not a good thing when you're driving. My least favorite book this year was Steve Bezos... way boring, and after listening to it... I return it to Amazon for a full refund and another credit. Now... for you irony police... isn't that irony?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clackamascoug View Post
    Thanks for the lists... I'm pining for a good book. I'm halfway through Origins by DB... and I have to turn it off after an hour because it puts me to sleep - which is not a good thing when you're driving. My least favorite book this year was Steve Bezos... way boring, and after listening to it... I return it to Amazon for a full refund and another credit. Now... for you irony police... isn't that irony?
    Sorry. Not irony.
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    I posted this in AV thread, but I think it should be posted here also

    These are books I read in 2017, not necessarily released in 2017

    Books I gave 5 stars on Goodreads

    NF

    High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel (Goodreads Author)
    Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe by Robert Matzen (Goodreads Author)
    The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
    Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (Goodreads Author)

    FIC

    Judgment at Appomattox (Civil War #5) by Ralph Peters
    The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War by Jeff Shaara

    Books I didn't feel were quite 5 star reads, but really liked none-the-less

    4+ star

    NF

    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre, John le Carré (Afterword)
    Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977–78 Dodgers by Michael Fallon
    Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain: Life in the Age of Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton and The Great Fire of London (Time Traveller's Guides #3) by Ian Mortimer (Goodreads Author)
    Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry
    Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre
    The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation by Ian Mortimer (Goodreads Author)
    The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry by John Feinstein

    Fic

    The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6) by Tana French (Goodreads Author)
    Hannibal: Enemy of Rome (Hannibal #1) by Ben Kane
    The Commodore (World War 2 Navy) by P.T. Deutermann

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    I posted this in AV thread, but I think it should be posted here also
    Lol @ Art. Has to have his own book thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Lol @ Art. Has to have his own book thread!
    Book thread "for the rest of us".... sounds stupid if you ask me.

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    Just finishing Thomas Mann's classic "The Magic Mountain". About a young German man who goes to a (ritzy) TB sanitarium in the Swiss Alps to visit his cousin for 3 weeks and ends up being diagnosed as ill and staying 7 years. Beautifully written (I'm reading the Woods translation which is supposed to be the best) and touches on many of my favorite themes especially that of time. Highly recommended.

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