The 5s

Here are the books (in alphabet order by author’s last name) that I thought were the best of the best.  Unlike many book reviewers, I’m not going to sort books by ranking.  Why? Because it takes a lot of time, and ultimately, I understand if people want to know what books I thought were utterly awesome, but really don’t think people are going to actively seek out the books I thought were mediocre (or even just downright bad).

Then They Came For Me (Maziar BAHARI)

The Cost of Hope (Amanda BENNETT)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (Chris BOHJALIAN)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Katherine BOO)

Moloka’i (Alan BRENNERT)

Those Who Save Us (Jenna BLUM)

Margot (Jillian CANTOR)

Calling Me Home (Julie KIBLER)

Thank You For Your Service (David FINKEL)

Champion (Marie LU)

Me Before You (Jojo MOYES)

The Death of Bees (Lisa O’DONNELL)

Wonder (R.J. PALACIO)

The Storyteller (Jodi PICOULT)

A Better World (Marcus SAKEY)

Lean In (Sheryl SANDBERG)

Big Brother (Lionel SHRIVER)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel SHRIVER)

The Promise of Stardust (Priscille SIBLEY)

The Rosie Project (Graeme SIMSION)

Child 44 (Tom Rob SMITH)

The Light Between Oceans (M.L. STEDMAN)

Golden Boy (Abigail TARTTELIN)

The Golem and the Jinni (Helene WECKER)

The Martian (Andy WEIR)

I Am Malala (Malala YOUSAFZAI and Christina LAMB)

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