Wednesday, January 6, 2016

My Best Reads of 2015



I definitely read less this year than in year's past. I vowed to work a little more on writing and a little less on reading and I followed through on that vow. In 2015 I read 120 books- a mix of fiction(my preference), non-fiction, YA and juvenile(mostly read with my children- I only count chapter books that could be for adult reading as well, I do not count all books read with my kiddos). 

My 'best of' list is below. Please let me know if you have a reading recommendation for me for 2016. I love recommendations and base the majority of my book choses on the recs of fellow bibliophiles!


Fiction


The Same Sky: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward - Poignant and moving portrait of the lives of an immigrant girl and an American woman colliding.

 The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel by Rachel Joyce - a lovely journey of both Queenie, a woman in the final days of her life and an old acquaintance, Harold.

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger - Honestly, one of the most beautiful novels that I have ever read.

The Enchanted: A Novel (P.S.) by Rene Denfield - Haunting and lyrical. One of the most unique novels I can ever remember reading.

Etta and Otto and Russell and James: A Novel by Emma Hooper - Ms. Hooper has a lovely writing voice and the characters are truly memorable.

Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff - a twisty and emotional look inside a marriage.

The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi - Deeply melancholy and extraordinarily beautiful novel of unexpected friendship.

The Martian by Andy Weir - I rarely read and enjoy Science Fiction but this was well written and wonderfully imaginative and immersive.



Non-fiction


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - the hilarious(and socially inappropriate) book by the always funny Jenny Lawson.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem - Wonderful stories of humanity. Full of heart and well worth a read.

The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age (Maria Cantacuzino-editor) - Honestly one of the most powerful book of non-fiction that I have ever read. You will be moved to tears with these stories of extraordinary forgiveness.

The Moth (Catherine Burns-editor) - I'm a huge fan of this podcast but found these stories to be even more compelling. I probably went through an entire package of Kleenex while reading!


For the Younger Reader(or yourself)



Rain Reign (Ala Notable Children's Books. Middle Readers) by Ann M. Martin - An amazing piece of juvenile literature with characters that crawl into your heart and take up permanent residence there.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - Gripping and emotional juvenile fiction. A great story to introduce younger readers to the holocaust.

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman - Hoffman weaves the same magic into her books for the younger crowd as she does in her books for adults. Magic and mysteries abound in this imaginative novel.


I wish you a great year ahead with plenty of lovely books to occupy your time. Happy New Year!




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