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Mostly Fiction's
Top Fiction for 2005

Based on the books that we've reviewed this year, the following are our lists of most recommended reads. These books are selected for their quality of writing, creativity and lasting impression. Most of these books are also recommended for reading groups. So in no particular order...


  Mary Whipple:   Jana L. Perskie:  

The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers

Small Island by Andrea Levy

The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich

April Fool's Day by Josip Novakovich

Lord Byron's Novel by John Crowley

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Albany Triology by William Kennedy
(Legs, Bill Phelan's Greatest Game, and Ironweed)

This was Not Our War: Bosnian Women
Reclaiming the Peace
by Swanee Hunt



The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula Le Guin

Bloodlines: An Irene Kelly Mystery by Jan Burke

Blue Belle by Andrew Vachss

How to Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward

In the Dark of the Moon and In a Temple of Trees by Suzanne Hudson

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

What Happened to Henry by Sharon Pywell

The History of Love by Nicole Kraus

Anita Blake Series by Laurell Hamilton

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

After Moses by Karen Mockler

American Prospects by Joel Sternfeld

Origin of Haloes by Kristen Den Hartog

The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth



  Debbie Lee Wesselmann:    

Extreemly Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonanthan Safran Foer

A Long Stay in a Distant Land by Chieh Chieng

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The History of Love by Nicole Kraus

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

Garner by Kirsten Allio


  Hagen Baye:   Eleanor Bukowsky:  

All The Flowers are Dying by Lawrence Block

The Last Dective, The Forgotten Man and Hostage
by Robert Crais

The Wrong Case by James Crumley

A Firing Offense, Down by the River
Where the Dead Men Go
The Big Blowdown and The Sweet Forever by George Pelecanos

Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane

Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley

Note: Hagen has made an effort this year to read all of Robert Crais', Dennis Lehane's, Walter Mosley's and George Pelecanos works. He's not finished but these are his favorites so far this year.



The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth

The Stanger House by Reginald Hill

Vanish byTess Gerritsen

Red Leaves by Thomas Cook

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

The Mourning Sexton by Michael Baron

  Judi Clark:   Josh Aterovis :  

Anansasi Boys and American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

The History of Love by Nicole Kraus

In the Dark of the Moon by Suzanne Hudson

Everthing is Illuminated by Jonanthan Safran Foer

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

Zorro by Isabel Allende

The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle

Improbable by Adam Fawer

Out by Natsuo Kirino

Grasshopper by Barbara Vine


Iron Council by China Mieville

The Phoenix by Ruth Sims

You Can Say You Knew Me When by K. M. Soehnlein

The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger

The Trouble Boy by Tom Dolby

  Honorable Mentions:   Chuck Barksdale:  

The Persistence of Memory by Tony Eprile

Alibi by Joseph Kanon

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease

Blue Horse Dreaming by Melanie Wallace

Shadowbrook by Beverly Swerling

Empire of the Wolves by Jean-Christophe Grangé

Heart of the Hunter by Deon Meyer

Loaded Dice by James Swain

Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva

By a Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman

Perhaps She'll Die by M.K. Preston

Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith

The Inside Ring by Michael Lawson

False Profits by Patricia Smiley


Past Due and Falls the Shadow by William Lashner

The Narrows and Closers by Michael Connelly

All The Flowers are Dying by Lawrence Block




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