The "Besties" -- 2015 Fly-Over Best Authors
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Add a pinch of evaluation to your review and you've arrived at the awards station called the "Besties." Here are our unofficial categories -- feel free to massage them.
Who Is/Are the Best Fiction Author(s) you read in 2015?
Who Is/Are the Best New-to-Me Author(s) in fiction and in nonfiction?
Who Is/Are the Best Debut Author(s)? (first book published by this person)
Who Is/Are the Best International Author(s) you read in 2015? (writers not from your native country who may or may not write in your native/first language)
Who Is/Are the Best Translated Writer(s) you read in 2015? (authors published in their native language, translated into your own)
Who Is/Are the Best "Worsties" whose book(s) you want to warn the rest of us off?
Not everyone reads in this category, but I think it's exciting to hear about older authors whose works may be in the dread class of "unread classics" and yet stand up well to a modern reading.
1. Adrift by Paul Griffin
2. Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson (non-fiction)
3. If You're Reading This by Trent Reedy
4. Prince of Venus Beach by Blake Nelson
Yes! Massage away. Everybody please add "Horse & Buggy Author(s)." Wish I'd thought of that category when I was trying to think of something catchy for "Classics Author(s)!
Would you please edit your comment and add single square brackets around Title and double square ones around Author so they hyperlink to LT source? That way we interested readers looking for new goodies can go take a peek. Thanks!
Here's a topic where I fall on my face, because I generally only read old stuff. The only published-in-2015 title I went after was Go Set a Watchman, but (although I did like it) I was disappointed to see Goodreads.com vote it as #1 for the year. It's a very interesting artifact that can generate some powerful discussion, but I don't think it's near the level of that other Harper Lee novel, I forget what it's called ...
The Best Fiction: Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
The Best Non-Fiction: When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning
The Best Translation: Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason
The Best Horse & Buggy: Norbert Davis, Don Winslow, Donald Westlake, Chester Himes
The Best 'Worstie': The Last Policeman
Best Nonfiction: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout. Be warned, it is a very emotionally draining book, as the subject matter (journalist kidnapped, raped, and tortured by Somali rebels), but it is excellent. I cried twice.
Best new to me fiction authors: Can I make this a four-way tie? I wouldn't know how to rank these books: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Best new to me non-fiction authors: Amanda Lindhout; Cheryl Strayed
Best new to me debut authors: Hannah Kent; Claire North
Best international authors: I live in Canada, and so everything from the U.S. and the U.K. counts! However, I will give the prize to Jo Nesbo as I do every year.
Best translated authors: Jo, of course. And, as ever, the late Henning Mankell.
Best worsties: The Men who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson was appalling, as was Horns by Joe Hill
Best pre-1900 authors: I'm reading one novel by Elizabeth Gaskell every year, and this year's choice of Cranford was a delight. I thoroughly enjoyed A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, what a great book!
Did Rothfuss conclude the name of the wind is Mariah?
>8 2wonderY: & >9 Limelite: When Books Went to War was just full of information that I hadn't known, or even thought about. (It's funny because I am now reading a short story in which the soldier talks about reading a hardcover book and I am thinking - this is late enough in the war that he was really reading one of the Armed Service Editions, not a hardcover.) I thought the book touched on a subject that anyone who collected books should have at least one of the editions, so I hunted on Amazon and found High Time by Mary Lasswell, which was one of the books talked about. It was a very reasonable price so I got it and I love having it. My father was an avid reader all his life and he was in the Pacific in WWII, so I imagine that he went through a lot of them. I hope you enjoy the book.