BOOKS I READ IN 2015
I resolved to read 30 books. I read 19 and started a whole bunch. New goal is to finish all the ones I've started and put back down for whatever reason!
- •Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Over the 2014-2015 holidays, I read lots of memoirs by funny women. Kaling's was the last one I got to, and my hands-down favorite, which was a surprise because I wasn't as familiar with her work as I was with, say, my second-fave Tina Fey. I got to know Mindy('s work) more this year and now we are bffs in my heart. (😘 @mindy)
- •The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My favorite new (to me) book I read this year! Every character is so well developed and has so many layers. It's a haunting fictional story with a lot of real history in it. The setting is the Belgian Congo in 1959, and the themes are: travel, religion, family, colonialism, injustice, feminism, mortality, politics... There's a lot in there. It's amazing.
- •The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery⭐️⭐️ This book is kind of pretentious. It's about two French people who think they are too smart to function in normal society. (??) It's also about getting out of your comfort zone and appreciating the people you can connect with in life, but mostly it's pretentious.
- •Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I read this before they announced the movie with JGL! It's about the man who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers and some of the people who looked up. It's an ensemble cast. My favorite character is the reverend.
- •Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ READ THIS BOOK!! This story is truly amazing. And it's real! I didn't see the movie, and after reading the book (and hearing reviews) I don't feel the need to. This is what I wish I could do with my immigrant grandpa's incredible story, so it was inspiring to me as well.
- •Looking For Alaska – John Green⭐️⭐️ So I was looking for some light reading after "Unbroken", and I really liked The Fault In Our Stars, ok?! But really... did not like this book. Maybe I've outgrown teen novels (finally).
- •Paper Towns – John Green⭐️⭐️ Not ready to give up yet, I tried Paper Towns, you know, because the movie was coming out. Nope. Did not like. What kids are like this? None!
- •Harry Potter 7, 1, 2, 3, and 4 (yes, in that order) – J.K. Rowling⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was feeling kind of frustrated with my reading choices, and my husband was traveling, so I turned to some comforting classics. Reading Harry Potter again is never a bad idea. Deathly Hallows is hands down one of my top three favorite books of all time. I get emotional about it.
- •A Game of Thrones 1+2 – George RR Martin⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I went against my normal media-consumption code and started reading this series after binge watching the show. The book is, of course, TERRIBLE, but so good. Like, it sucks, but it's amazing. The strong female characters! It made me want to rip the book in half, never mind the heavy-duty binding (seriously, this is a large book), but also buy the rest of the series. Can't stop won't stop. But if you haven't read them or watched the show, steer clear. It's a long, dark road.
- •Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is the only book I've read late into the night where I've felt MORE scared laying next to my sleeping husband. I would have liked this a lot better if I hadn't already seen the movie, so if you haven't seen the movie just imagine I'm giving it four stars. It's thrilling. But the movie was better.
- •Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell⭐️⭐️⭐️ I couldn't decide how many stars to give this. The author has really great descriptions, and I liked that I read this in one day sitting at my desk. The ending was amazing. And yet... It was still crazy teenagery stuff. These kids don't know what love is! The villain in this story is terrifying, and I get a sick feeling in my stomach thinking about it.
- •Around The World In Eighty Days – Marian Leighton⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You have to really be in the mood for an old-timey classic to like this book. Also, it has its racist moments. Am I still allowed to like it, giving the author the benefit of the doubt considering the times? I dunno. Overall, I found it fast-paced and delightful. GREAT ending, too!
- •Why Not Me? – @mindy⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 I enjoyed her first book better, but this gave me a better appreciation for all the hard work it takes to be Mindy, and others like her. (Wow! Celebrities DO work hard!) I loved her descriptions of the writer's room (it made me want to be a writer on a show!) and her explanation about her confidence.
- •One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not what I expected. Very poetic. Good lines and nice thoughts, but overall hard to follow and maybe a bit dramatic for me. That being said, I have started a list of things I'm grateful for, and that's nice.
- •Started but didn't finish (yet):The 7 Experiment, Twelve Years A Slave, The People's History of the United States, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, The Fellowship of the Ring (have already read this years ago), It Starts With Food, The Amazing Adventures of Kavaier and Clay, Kisses from Katie, A Storm of Swords