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Best Five Books Read in 2012?


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Initial post: 16 Dec 2012 03:21:55 GMT
J says:
It's that time of year again - time to rank the books you've read this year!

My Best Five Books of the Year are:

1. The Fault In Our Stars (Sorry, although not a thriller, I loved this book)
2. Kill Shot
3. The Trinity Game
4. The Meaning Of Theft
5. Catch Me

P.S - Please no self-promo.
Let us have a genuine discussion around the best books of the year

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 03:32:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Dec 2012 03:52:38 GMT
Patrick says:
My top Five thrillers (in no order)

The Survivor: A Novel
Alpha
Kill Shot
Taken (Elvis Cole)
The Trinity Game

It's interesting that Jo started this discussion in the thriller forum and yet the top book is not a thriller?

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 03:58:48 GMT
John says:
I like the books listed above but my list is probably a little more mainstream -
1. Gone Girl
2. The Racketeer
3. Meaning Of Theft
4. The Last Man
5 (tie). The Forgotten
5 (tie). A Wanted Man

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 06:37:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Dec 2012 03:18:12 GMT
BOOKAVATAR says:
The Wifi Mystery by Z N Victor.
The Black Box
Threat vector
Last man
Galico Joe

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 13:10:42 GMT
Steven says:
well, that didn't take long...

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 16:03:09 GMT
Steven says:
to answer the actual question of the thread, my top 5 books, in no order are below. not many thrillers unfortunately.

1. Me Before You by JOJO Moyes.
2. Two Brothers by Ben Elton.
3. Dominion by CJ Samsom.
4. The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins (the other two books in the trilogy are great as well) and:
5. Winter Of The World by Ken Follett.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 17:15:33 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 17:24:25 GMT
Steven says:
which bit of the ops plea for no self-promotion didn't you understand? if your comprihention is that bad, it puts me off risking your 'book'.

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 17:27:56 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 17:29:22 GMT
Anita says:
So it is the 5 best books you've read this year? Or you mean you've read your book 5 times?

And you were asked - NICELY - by the OP:
"Please no self-promo"

If you do not care what other people are posting or asking for, why anyone should read your post or book?

Sorry, folks, that's a bit too much to deserve a polite reply

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 17:30:55 GMT
Anita says:
Sorry, S. Morris, your post appeared while I was typing. Didn't mean to duplicate

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 17:38:01 GMT
Steven says:
doesn't matter. I'm not anti self-promotion, far from it in fact, i just think it is unfair when little trolls like Michael spam their books where they are: A. not allowed to do so, and b. have been asked not to politely by the op.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 17:39:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Dec 2012 22:31:35 GMT
Steven says:
presuming you can read, the thread is clearly titled and the plea for no self promotion used short words so shouldn't have been hard for you to understand.

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 22:56:24 GMT
John says:
Ahhh.... Winter Of the World - good choice S.Morris. I'd forgotten about this one, I should add that to my list!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 04:53:43 GMT
Steven says:
thanks, the first book in the series 'fall of giants' is mighty fine as well-- though it doesn't count as i read it last year. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 10:31:11 GMT
J says:
Hi Anita
You're a regular poster - what's your top five books of the year?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 12:29:38 GMT
Anita says:
Hi, Jo.

Not sure I can answer that very well. I don't remember anything sticking out as really "top" this year and I'm afraid I might confuse books of several years (I presume you mean books *read*, not *published* this year?) And not so many pure-genre thrillers among those.

Anyway, books I enjoyed:

The Sparrow (not a thriller at all, even not *just* science fiction)
The Tiger's Wife (with reservations)
On Canaan's Side (ditto)
The Book Thief (a bit of disappointment, but probably too high expectations to be blamed)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Penguin Modern Classics) (a very VERY good book, but re-read, so does it count? But not a thriller)
Fiasco (ditto)

As the last two are re-read, added two instead of one. :)

The book I failed to finish *once again* (can't even explain why I find it so boring...)
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow

Sorry, perhaps not exactly what you asked for...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 22:45:42 GMT
J says:
Thanks Anita.
It was an open ended question to be interpreted however you liked :)
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is an amazing book - it's always good to revisit the best.
I loved the Book Thief, although it is a couple of years since I read it, I thought it was great.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 22:50:14 GMT
J says:
Thanks S.Morris - This is a good list!
Although I like Ben Elton, for some reason Two Brothers didn't work for me and I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
Me Before You was a moving story.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 23:13:40 GMT
Steven says:
it is very different to his usual work and i did have to pinch myself to think it was the same guy who wrote 'dead famous' 'popcorn' etc. i can see how it wouldn't have been for everyone.

another great thriller i read this year (not quite a top 5 read but very close) was 'Taunting The Dead' by Mel Sherratt.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2012 02:19:22 GMT
J says:
Good list, John! You've gone for all the mainstream thrillers!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2012 02:20:35 GMT
J says:
Patrick,
Seems we have a few favourite books in common :)
I really enjoyed Kill Shot

Posted on 20 Dec 2012 13:25:09 GMT
PA says:
Tricky, but always a useful thread to find more good reads.

Here are 5 that I can't rank. They're books I've read but might not be from this year.

The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg) for a touch of French class.
Hit and Run for some Scottish crime.
The Sense of an Ending for some English bitterness.
The Killing Of Emma Gross: a detective novel about a true crime in the Weimar Republic is a great piece of Germany
and What It Was is my American entry.

All great reads.

Posted on 20 Dec 2012 22:28:33 GMT
Natasha S says:
Dead Ringer by Mary Burton.
Never Tell by Claire Seeber.
Cleanskin by Val McDermid.
Tell No One by Harlan Coben.
Mrs De Winter by Susan Hill.

Posted on 20 Dec 2012 23:53:48 GMT
In no particular order

1) Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
2) The Partridge and the pelican - Rachel Crowther
3) The woman who died a lot - Jasper Fforde
4) One breathe away - Heather Gudenkauf
5) The lives she left behind - James Long
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