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    It's time to make my Christmas list for the wife. I would love to hear what everyone favorite reads of the this year (or previous year) are.

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    I haven't picked it up yet, but I've heard great things about this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/Basketball-Ot.../dp/1419726471
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokymountainrain View Post
    I haven't picked it up yet, but I've heard great things about this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/Basketball-Ot.../dp/1419726471
    Lots of good reviews:

    Should I try and convince you to buy this book? Nah I'm a super not do that.

    I'll just tell you that since it arrived, I made 29 out of 30 threes. The other one went in but I didn't call bank. This is the most essential piece of media since the 1993 film Blood In Blood Out. Kobe's going down.
    Two years ago my sister had a baby. It was very cute in the way that babies can be cute (a weird baby way). They put these pajamas on him that made him look like a fox as he left the hospital and it to this day is probably the best thing I have ever seen with my own two eyes. I can't remember exactly but I think he was the first baby I have ever held in my own arms, I avoided this with all other babies for a very long time. In that moment it was this incredible combination feeling of pure joy and fear and love and anxiety and excitement and terror and everything was perfect. I still to this day remember that moment and the feelings it brought to me so vividly. I love that baby with every single ounce of love a human being has inside of them. The other day he grabbed a ball and put it through his play hoop he has at their house.

    This book is like if you took those moments from above and sprinkled them on top of a bean and cheese taco from Jalisco's in S Houston.
    It's Perfect.
    Buy it once.
    Then buy it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue
    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
    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney
    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.
    Sorry to pimp my own thread.... I wanted to copy and paste these suggestions for easier reference in the future. The main What you are Reading one, can become hard to sort through.

    FTR: My favorite book of 2017 was Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall and the Groveland Boys It was the most impactful book, I've read in years. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    Sorry to pimp my own thread.... I wanted to copy and paste these suggestions for easier reference in the future. The main What you are Reading one, can become hard to sort through.

    FTR: My favorite book of 2017 was Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall and the Groveland Boys It was the most impactful book, I've read in years. I can't recommend it highly enough.
    My wife and I loved that book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokymountainrain View Post
    I haven't picked it up yet, but I've heard great things about this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/Basketball-Ot.../dp/1419726471
    Great book. I preordered like 10 months early. Well worth the wait. Shea Serrano is the best.
    *Banned*

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    I don't know how much on my list you would like, but here it is anyway

    These are book 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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