2017 In Review: Lisa Marie’s Ten Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2017


A word about Paperbacks From Hell, my favorite nonfiction book of 2017.  One of my goals for 2018 (and probably 2019, as well) is to read every single book mentioned in Paberbacks From Hell.  I’ve been told that it won’t be easy because several of the books are apparently no longer in print.  But that’s okay.  I’m looking forward to searching for them almost as much as I’m looking forward to reading them!

  1. Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix
  2. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
  3. Broad Strokes: Fifty Women Who Made Art and Made History (in that order) by Bridget Quinn
  4. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
  5. We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Film by Noah Isenberg
  6. Ava Gardner: A Life in the Movies by Anthony Uzarowski and Kendra Bean
  7. How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
  8. Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder by Piu  Eatwell
  9. High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel
  10. The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost by Peter Manseau

On Wednesday, I’ll be listing my picks for the best of Lifetime and then, on Friday, I’ll finally wrap up my look back at 2017 with my picks for the best 26 movies of the year!

Previous entries in the TSL’s Look Back at 2017:

  1. 2017 in Review: Top Ten Single Issues by Ryan C
  2. 2017 in Review: Top Ten Series by Ryan C
  3. 2017 In Review: Top Ten Collected Edition (Contemporary) by Ryan C
  4. 2017 In Review: Top Ten Collected Editions (Vintage) by Ryan C
  5. 2017 in Review: Top Ten Graphic Novels By Ryan C
  6. 25 Best, Worst, and Gems I saw in 2017 by Valerie Troutman
  7. My Top 15 Albums of 2017 by Necromoonyeti
  8. 2017 In Review: Lisa Marie’s Picks For the 16 Worst Films of 2017
  9. 2017 In Review: Lisa Marie’s Final Post About Twin Peaks: The Return (for now)
  10. 2017 in Review: Lisa Marie’s 14 Favorite Songs of 2017
  11. 2017 in Review: The Best of SyFy by Lisa Marie Bowman
  12. 2017 in Review: 10 Good Things that Lisa Marie Saw On Television in 2017
  13. 2017 in Review: Lisa Marie’s 12 Favorite Novels of 2017

2016 in Review: Lisa Marie’s 20 Favorite Novels of 2016


Right now, I’m in the process of taking a look back at some of my favorite things from the previous year.  Yesterday, I posted a list of my favorite non-fiction books of 2016.  Today, I post my 20 favorite novels!

All of these are worth reading and in fact, I insist that you do.  Let’s enjoy the written word while we can because, sadly, the future holds only illiteracy and propaganda.

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  1. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  2. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  3. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  4. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
  5. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
  6. Moonglow by Michael Chabon
  7. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
  8. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  9. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  10. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
  11. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  12. The Girls by Emma Cline
  13. Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger
  14. The Widow by Fiona Barton
  15. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
  16. The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
  17. The Empty Ones by Robert Brockway
  18. The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
  19. Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
  20. The Gloaming by Melanie Finn

Tomorrow, it’s the list that you have all been waiting for: my picks for the best films of 2016!

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Previous Entries In The Best of 2016:

  1. TFG’s 2016 Comics Year In Review : Top Tens, Worsts, And Everything In Between
  2. Anime of the Year: 2016
  3. 25 Best, Worst, and Gems I Saw In 2016
  4. 2016 in Review: The Best of SyFy
  5. 2016 in Review: The Best of Lifetime
  6. 2016 in Review: Lisa Picks the 16 Worst Films of 2016!
  7. Necromoonyeti’s Top Ten Albums of 2016
  8. 2016 In Review: Lisa Marie’s 14 Favorite Songs of 2016
  9. 2016 In Review: 10 Good Things I Saw On Television in 2016
  10. 2016 in Review: Lisa Marie’s 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2016

2016 in Review: Lisa Marie’s 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2016


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My look back at the previous year continues with 10 of my favorite non-fiction books of 2016!  Now, it should be noted that, because this is an entertainment-related website, I’m only listing my favorite entertainment-related books.  There was a lot of good nonfiction published last year but the majority of it had nothing to do with either the movies or television so who cares?

Anyway, all of these are wonderful and well-worth the money!

  1. The Godfather Notebook by Francis Ford Coppola
  2. TV: The Book by Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
  3. The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling
  4. Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life by Manoah Bowman
  5. The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s by Joseph Egan
  6. In Search of Lost Films by Phil Hall
  7. Down from the Attic: Rare Thrillers of the Silent Era through the 1950s by John T. Soister and Henry Nicolella
  8. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
  9. The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel by James Bone
  10. A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph

Finally, I have to give an honorable mention to two books that were published in 2015 but which I didn’t read until 2016.  These two books were definitely my favorite non-fiction reads in 2016 and there’s no way that I couldn’t mention them.  Troy Howarth’s So Deadly, So Perverse and So Deadly, So Perverse Volume 2 contain everything you could possibly want to know about the giallo genre!

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Tomorrow, my look back at 2016 continues with my favorite novels of the year!

Previous Entries In The Best of 2016:

  1. TFG’s 2016 Comics Year In Review : Top Tens, Worsts, And Everything In Between
  2. Anime of the Year: 2016
  3. 25 Best, Worst, and Gems I Saw In 2016
  4. 2016 in Review: The Best of SyFy
  5. 2016 in Review: The Best of Lifetime
  6. 2016 in Review: Lisa Picks the 16 Worst Films of 2016!
  7. Necromoonyeti’s Top Ten Albums of 2016
  8. 2016 In Review: Lisa Marie’s 14 Favorite Songs of 2016
  9. 2016 In Review: 10 Good Things I Saw On Television in 2016

2015 In Review: Lisa’s 20 Favorite Novels of 2015!


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Right now, I’m in the process of taking a look back at some of my favorite things from the previous year.  Yesterday, I posted my 10 favorite non-fiction books of 2015.  Today, I post my 20 favorite novels!

All of these are worth reading and in fact, I insist that you do.  Let’s enjoy the written word while we can because the future is looking more and more like it’s going to be dominated by illiterates.

(Speaking of which, I should probably point out — before someone else does — that Barbara The Slut and The State We’re In are both collections of short stories, as opposed to being novels.  So be it.)

  1. Barbara The Slut And Other People by Lauren Holmes
  2. Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
  3. Confess by Colleen Hoover
  4. Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik
  5. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
  6. The Green Road by Anne Enright
  7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  8. A Head Full Of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  9. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  10. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  11. Asking For It by Lilah Pace
  12. Alice by Christina Henry
  13. The State We’re In By Anne Beattie
  14. The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
  15. Calf by Andrea Kleine
  16. The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
  17. Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
  18. You’re the Earl I Want by Kelly Bowen
  19. Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran
  20. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Tomorrow, I will be concluding my look back at 2015 with the list that you’ve all been waiting for — my picks for the best 26 films of the year!

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Previous Entries In The Best of 2015:

  1. Valerie Troutman’s 25 Best, Worst, and Gems I Saw in 2015
  2. Necromoonyeti’s Top 15 Metal Albums of 2015
  3. 2015 In Review: The Best of SyFy
  4. 2015 in Review: The Best of Lifetime
  5. 2015 In Review: Lisa’s Picks For The 16 Worst Films of 2015
  6. 2015 in Review: Lisa Marie’s 10 Favorite Songs of 2015
  7. 2015 in Review: 16 Good Things Lisa Saw On TV
  8. 2015 in Review: Lisa’s 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2015

2014 In Review: Lisa’s Top 10 Non-fiction Books of 2014


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I should admit that the title of this post is misleading.  While it is true that listed below are 10 of my favorite non-fiction books of 2014, I’ve specifically limited my picks to books that dealt with entertainment, pop culture, and the creative process.  With that in mind, here are my 10 favorite non-fiction books of 2014:

(And yes, you should read everyone of them.)

  1. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life As A Fairy Tale by Sophia Loren
  2. Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris
  3. Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
  4. Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed by Paul Cronin
  5. My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
  6. The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller
  7. Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann
  8. Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama From the Golden Age of American Cinema by Anne Helen Petersen
  9. As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  10. Heavy Metal Movies by Mike McPadden

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Tomorrow, I conclude my look back at the previous year with the list that everyone has been waiting for: my 26 top films of 2014!

Previous Entries In TSL’s Look Back At 2014

  1. 2014 In Review: Things Dork Geekus Dug In 2014 Off The Top Of His Head
  2. 2014 In Review: The Best Of Lifetime and SyFy
  3. 2014 In Review: Lisa’s Picks For The 16 Worst Films Of 2014
  4. 2014 In Review: 14 Of Lisa’s Favorite Songs Of 2014
  5. 2014 In Review: Necromoonyeti’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2014
  6. 2014 In Review: 20 Good Things Lisa Saw On TV In 2014
  7. 2014 In Review: Pantsukudasai56’s Pick For The Best Anime of 2014
  8. 2014 in Reivew: Lisa’s 20 Favorite Novels of 2014

Lisa Marie’s 12 Favorite Novels of 2013


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Continuing TSL’s look back at the year that was, here’s my 12 favorite novels of 2013!

(And yes, you should read them all.)

  1. Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
  2. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Theresa Ann Fowler
  3. The Flamethrowers by Racel Kushner
  4. The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb
  5. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
  6. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  7. Red Hill by Jamie McGuire
  8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  9. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  10. Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
  11. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  12. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

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Tomorrow, my look back at 2013 continues with the list that everyone’s been waiting for — my top 26 films of 2013!

Other Entries In TSL’s Look Back At 2013:

  1. Lisa Marie’s 12 Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2013
  2. Semtex Skittle’s 2013: The Year in Video Games
  3. 20 Good Things Lisa Marie Saw On Television in 2013
  4. 10 0f Lisa Marie’s Favorite Songs of 2013
  5. Lisa Marie’s 16 Worst Films of 2013
  6. Necromoonyeti’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013
  7. Things That Dork Geekus Dug In 2013
  8. Lisa Marie’s Best of 2o13 SyFy

Lisa Marie’s 12 Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2013


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I should admit that the title of this post is misleading.  While it is true that listed below are 12 of my favorite non-fiction books of 2013, I’ve specifically limited my picks to books that dealt with entertainment, pop culture, and the creative process.  With that in mind, here are my 12 favorite non-fiction books of 2013:

(And yes, you should read everyone of them.)

1)  The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell

2) Crab Monsters, Teenage Caveman, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B-Movies by Chris Nashawaty

3) 100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age by Kelly Grovier

4) The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz

5) Odd Type Writers by Celia Blue Johnson

6) Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson

7) The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium by Eleanor Hartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princethal, and Sue Scott

8) Difficult Men by Brett Martin

9) A Story Told Lately by Anjelica Huston

10) Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age by Matthew Klickstein

11) The Secret History of Vladimir Nabakov by Andrea Pitzer

12) Norman Mailer: A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon

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Honorable Mention: Lost Cat by Caroline Paul, my favorite non-entertainment related nonfiction book.

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Tomorrow, my look back at 2013 continue with my 12 favorite novels of 2013.

Other Entries In TSL’s Look Back At 2013:

  1. Semtex Skittle’s 2013: The Year in Video Games
  2. 20 Good Things Lisa Marie Saw On Television in 2013
  3. 10 0f Lisa Marie’s Favorite Songs of 2013
  4. Lisa Marie’s 16 Worst Films of 2013
  5. Necromoonyeti’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013
  6. Things That Dork Geekus Dug In 2013
  7. Lisa Marie’s Best of 2o13 SyFy