May The Best Book Win!

This is where I force myself to pick the best book of the year(s)! Of course I won’t be able to remember which book I read in which year was the best book I read that year, so I’ll be relying on my Goodreads challenges.


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Best in Memoirs, Autobiographies


I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, by Tony Danza


She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Best in Biographies

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum

Best in Current Affairs, War, History

Fire And Fury, by Michael Wolff 

Best in Business

Bad Blood: Secrets & Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou


Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt

Best in True Crime

Mossad: The Greatest Missions of The Israeli Secret Service, by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal

Best in Fiction

房思琪的初戀樂園, 林奕含 著 

Fang Si-Chi’s First Love Paradise by  Lin Yi-Han


I read 23 books in 2017! Better than my brothers who read probably ZERO! Ha-Ha. Not funny. Anyway…

Most Repelling Most Repulsive Least Favorite Book:

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, by Wendy E. Simmons


(An outrageously condescending book)

Best Book:

A tie! 

Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, by Maziar Bahari with Aimee Molloy


The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos And The Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone


I read 33 books in 2016! Again, better than BOTH my brothers combined. One of which is a Tolkien and King fanatic…

Most Pointless Most WTF Least Favorite Book:

A String of Stories, by Saket Suryesh


(indeed a string of stories)

Best Book:

One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway, by Åsne Seierstad

2015 … 

I can’t do it. I didn’t record most (physical) books on my Goodreads so I’m not going to ruffle through my bookshelf and figure out which book I read in 2015. What’s the point!