Discussion: Anyone want to share your favorite read(s) in 2015?

"The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. (Because.)
“The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. (Because.)

Feel free to leave a link in the comments, or else just talk about your favorite(s) in 2015 below.  Let your fellow clubbers know what really stood out for you, and why. 🙂

Or, tell us about what you can’t wait to read in 2016! #ccdiscussions

26 thoughts on “Discussion: Anyone want to share your favorite read(s) in 2015?

  1. I guess my favorite book in 2015 was I, Claudius by Robert Graves. Not sure if it counts as a classic book, but here it is. I read it while recovering after a surgery, and it was a great distraction for me.


  2. My top 10 books of 2015 can be found here:

    I’m currently reading 1984 and am very excited about it.

    The books I look forward to read in 2016 are The Diary of a young girl, Dead souls, Crime and Punishment, The Bhagavat Gita (I have 4 editions of this one!), Brave New World, Pride and Prejudice, Fahrenheit 451, The Bluest Eye and A Picture of Dorian Gray.

    I’d also like to reread To Kill a Mockingbird and The Alchemist.


    1. I love Willa Cather and My Antonia was terrific. I loved Death Comes for the Archbishop too, and my favorite short story of all time is “The Best Years”, which was the last thing she wrote. She was at the height of her powers and it really shows.


      1. Thanks for the recommendation! I will check out that story.
        You mentioned McCullough’s bio of Adams, have you read Passionate Sage by Joseph Ellis? That’s on my list for this year. I really enjoyed American Sphinx and Founding Brothers.


  3. Without a doubt, my favorite(s) of the year were The Remains of the Day and An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. Some people think these novels repeat one another but I think they make incredible complements.

    If we’re speaking classics, then I’d say Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, which is about as perfect character studies can get, and Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, which is much more fun than a classic ought to be.


  4. My favorite is the one I just finished reading yesterday: Ethan Frome. What a story! And in so short a narration. After House of Mirth and Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton is now definitely my most favorite female author.

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  5. My favorite read of the year was David McCullough’s “John Adams”. I enjoy reading biographies, and this is one of the best. I also read McCullough’s “1776” this year, but far preferred “John Adams”. When I want a break from reading fiction, McCullough is my go-to guy.

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    1. Yes, one of the best biographies I’ve read, and one of my favorite Presidents. You’ve probably read it, but I’ll recommend Paul C. Nagels bio of John Quincy Adams.


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