Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Best Books I've Read So Far in 2015

I've had a great reading year and it's only half over. I've already read 68 books. Of the 68, twelve were five star reads and thirty-eight were four star reads.

Here are eleven memorable, mostly-new-ish books from my reading this year (so far) that you may have missed:

Three novels: 
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
Dept. of Speculations by Jenny Offill
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Four nonfiction books:
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year by Matt McCarthy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

 Four book-ish nonfiction books:
By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life
How to Be a Heroine or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

One not-very-new-ish novel (but a fantastic read):
True Grit by Charles Portis

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


  1. Nice picks! Totally new to me! Hope you have many more favorites to come this year!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. Great list! I'm on the library list for Between You & Me and plan to listen to Dead Wake.

  3. The Rosie Effect sounds fun!

  4. The Rosie Effect sounds fun!

  5. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly has been on my TBR list for a while, but I haven't heard of the others so will have to check them out. The Promise has a beautiful cover. I know it shouldn't but it really does make a difference to the books place on the list :)

  6. Glad your year is off to such a great start Deb. I've only heard of two of your books (Rosie and Middlemarch), but not read any of them.

    1. Oops and Being Mortal. I've heard of that.

  7. I heard good things about The Dept. of Speculation, will need to check it out at some point. Great list! Looks like you had a great first-half of the year :)

    My TTT

  8. The Doctor Will See You Shortly is on my TBR and I'm adding How to Be a Heroine as well. That one looks great! Glad you've found so many great books so far this year!

  9. So many good books on this list. True Grit is fantastic! The Rosie Effect and How to be a Heroine keeps popping up and I am adding those to my TBR pile. My Top Ten List is older titles and mostly YA but I have enjoyed catching up a bit this year on books I've really wanted to read.

  10. There are always such great books on your list, and new to me ones as well. Happy reading. Brenda @ Log Cabin Library

  11. A great list! Many books I want to read, for instance the three novels and By the Book. I loved the True grit, the movie. Samantha Ellis could have been on my list, too

  12. 68! That's great amount! :)
    Afraid I haven't read any of these, doctor will see you shortly sounds really good though

  13. I haven't read any of the books on your list, Deb, but not for lack of wanting to, that's for sure! I have Dept. of Speculation on my wish list. And I have heard nothing but great things about Atul Gawande's book. By title alone, How to Be a Heroine or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much sounds irresistible.

  14. I haven't read any of the books on your list either... but I do own 'Letters of Note'.

  15. I liked the first Rosie book, but not the second. It was real bore for me but man, that first one was good. I also really enjoyed The Dept. of Speculation. That one was so short but wow, did it pack a punch.

  16. Wow, all of these look so good. *.* I keep on hearing good things about Dept of Speculation and also of Being Mortal! :D

  17. I have By the Book and have thumbed through it a bit- such a cool book.

  18. I want to read Middlemarch so I can read My Life in Middlemarch. You have such an interesting, ecclectic list. I'm pretty sure I want to read all the books on it! Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Such a great list, they all sound so good! Some aren't on my TBR, but a lot are, and I may just add the rest to it!

    Here's my TTT: http://bmariebooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/top-ten-books-ive-read-so-far-in-2015.html

  20. Thank you for sharing your favorite reads so far this year with us. I look forward to exploring some of the book titles you've listed in your TTT post this week. I have the feeling I'll be adding more book titles this week to my ever growing reading wishlist.

    Here's a link to my TTT for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/06/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-ive-read.html

  21. You're on a roll. Good list. I'm interested in the Mary Norris book and Erik Larson.

  22. Spectacular! I really enjoyed Department of Speculation also.

  23. Great list. I've not heard of any of these but I'm glad you enjoyed them.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  24. I've been wanting to read Dead Wake, and I love the look of the By the Book volume (if only someone would decide to get me a copy!)

  25. I have Being Mortal on my TBR - he was at this year's Sydney Writers Festival and everyone was raving about his session.

    I love that you have read so much non-fiction.

    My top 10:

  26. 68 books! It must have been tricky narrowing your favourites down to only 12. 'Between You and Me' is on my TBR list, and I've heard good things about 'Dead Wake'.

  27. Lots of interesting non-fiction on here! Being Mortal, Dead Wake, and How to be a Heroine look especially interesting and I'd not heard of any of them. Thanks for expanding my horizons!

  28. I've seen The Rose Project on a couple of this week's Top Ten Tuesdays. I've heard it's pretty amazing and I believe it's being made into a film...? Or maybe that's something else I'm thinking of.

  29. so glad I found this post always looking for a new good book!

  30. Great suggestions, Deb! --Andrea Kelley


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