Literary Leaderboard – 2015

Well, the New Year is already under way and we have started on a new crop of books. But before we forget, here’s our annual recap of the books that we read last year.

For our meetings, each individual reader gives a mark out of ten, to enable us to come to an average score from the group. The “scores on the doors” have become such an institution for us, that readers often email in their considerations if they have to miss the meeting itself.

In 2015, there was a balance for the top spot, with Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance and Robert Tressell’s The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists both scoring 8.5. Unless we were just in a more generous frame of mind, it seems that 2015 must have been a good year for our book choices. Two more books scored over 8 – Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin and Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana – with several more in the high 7s.

Wherever possible, we try to record the range of scores as well as the average. This shows that A Fine Balace was clearly loved by all eight of our readers, as the individual scores only ranged from 8 to 9.  On the other hand, Cloud Atlas, whilst gaining a very respectable score of 7.8, was more divisive, as individual scores went all the way from a low of 3 to a high of 10!

Our reviews of each book listed below can be found by checking out the Index of Books Read.

Want to look at the Leaderboards for previous years?

Click here for 2013.

Or here for 2014.

2015 Leaderboard large


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