By Mswas Sawsm | Books | December 23, 2015 |
By Mswas Sawsm | Books | December 23, 2015 |
It’s the time of year to recap the best and worst of the year, and Cannonballers are not afraid to tell you what they think. After over 3,200 reviews this year so far, the most reviewed book was Station Eleven* by Emily St. John Mandel. The Martian by Andy Weir was a close second, but Station Eleven got pushed over the top due to our CBR Book Club earlier this year. Next year we’re planning four book club discussions, we’ll be voting on our first selection in January. Watch our book club page for details.
(*CBR earns Amazon affiliate revenue from any purchases made after clicking the link on Station Eleven above, or through the links on the group blog. All of that revenue is donated to the American Cancer Society.)
Here are the top three favorites, and one worst book of the year from a bunch of Cannonballers, starting off with my two review picks of the year. You can decide which is worst and which is best. I think you can make a case for each.
You’ve Got Male - Trampballs’ review of A Gronking to Remember by Lacey Noonan
Proof That You Can Publish ANYTHING On Amazon - Lisa Bee’s review of Gay T-Rex Law Firm: Executive Boner by Chuck Tingle
If you love talking books, arguing books, or recommending books, you’ll fit right in at Cannonball Read. And lucky you, registration for Cannonball Read 8 just opened! Join us, won’t you? —Mswas
Worst book of the year: Charming by Elliot James
badkittyuno: (currently in the lead with 253 reviews!)
The worst Crazy in Alabama
Worst Prudence by David Treuer:
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante. This is the fourth in her Neapolitan Novels series, so in order to read and enjoy this, you have to go back and read the other three, which I also loved. Haha! I gamed the system! 6 best books for the price of 3!
Oreo by Fran Ross Funny, funky and intellectual retelling of a Greek myth and featuring a biracial teen on a quest.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper, spiritual and lovely
Worst The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. It’s Silas Marner.
Worst Book A Girl is a Half-Formed Thingby Eimear McBride
Worst book of the year: Zoe’s Tale, by John Scalzi
and the one stinker: Brailing for Wile by James Zerndt
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Locke & Key, Volume 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Worst No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
My worst book of the year was: One Year After by William Fortschen
Picking my worst book of the year really was very easy. It’s the only one star review I have: A Kiss in the Dark by Kimberly Logan (1.5 stars)
My best of the year was much harder, because I’ve read some really great books this year. The first two had no competition, and for the third spot, I really struggled to narrow it down. I have finally decided:
Malin’s third best in 2015:
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (5 stars)
Malin’s second best in 2015:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (5 stars)
Malin’s absolutely best read of 2015 - no contest:
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (5 very shiny stars)
Worst book: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
And if there’s a best-worst book category (there really should be) I nominate The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
The worst (I would LOVE to be able to include three here as well): Dark Lover by JR Ward
(I feel like everyone is going to pick the goddamn Martian, so I’m putting up an alternate pick.)
Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy. Starting with book one, Mr. Mercedes
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet
Worst: And as for my most hated book of 2015 — I can’t include an entire series can I? I nominate my hatefucking of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series. But if I had to pick one book where it all turned around, it’d have to be Faith of the Fallen.
Road Beneath My Feet by Frank Turner
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Rat Queens Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Sejic
Worst: I’m putting these two together because I think if you read them back to back, you’d have an awesome shit sandwich (well, as awesome as a shit sandwich can be): The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin and Pussy, King of Pirates by Kathy Acker
My worst Jane by April Lindner
As for the worst…hm. Do I choose the book I finished, or one of the two I gave up on in disgust? The absolute worst of every book I reviewed this year was: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey
Worst: One Second After by William Forstchen
Worst. 1 star. Blech. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Worst: Endangered by Lamar Giles