Books I Read and Loved This Year
Inspired by all of the 2015 book lists. They are wonderful and I'm saving all of them. Thank you! Here are the ones I loved this year in no particular order. There are a lot of "also rans" this year that I might list about at another time.
- •The Goldfinch by Donna TarttThe theme for this list could also be: I read everything after people have stopped talking about it. I really liked the book. I've read some of the criticism and understand it. In the end, I really liked the story.
- •The Namesake by Jhumpa LahiriRecommended by a friend. I know this is a good book because it's been 8 months since and I still think about it at random moments. Also, I stupidly did not put the author's last name and The Mindy Project together until months later when I read it in an article. 😳
- •Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary MantelI liked it better than Wolf Hall and not just because it was shorter. I just felt the story stayed moving and kept my interest better.
- •The Art of Fielding by Chad HarbachI purchased this a couple of years ago and for some reason (the daunting number of pages?) I never read it. This is a fantastic book. Add baseball as a background and St Louis Cardinals references and I'm in love. 😍
- •Empty Mansions by Paul Clark Newell, Bill DebmanA fascinating story of a woman growing up during the Guilded Age with all of the related privilege and how she became reclusive.
- •The Girl on the TrainI'm not sure I actually "loved" this book. I read it on the beach so that may be giving me a rose colored filter. I was engaged throughout the story and had strong feelings about the main character which I enjoy (bad or good). Also if I ever see anyone drink a Gin and Tonic from a can I won't be able to keep quiet because of this book.
- •The Royal We by @fuggirlsI've recommended this a couple of times on here. A really fun read I couldn't put down.
- •Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonThe only book that I've ever had to google to see if other people were as confused by the ending as I was. Still very fun read and keeps you on your toes. I have the companion to read for 2016.
- •Why Not Me? By Mindy KalingA fun quick read with an unexpected number of empowering messages. Relistening to her first book also got my sister and I through an overnight drive this year.
- •Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandIt's as good as everyone says. It's fascinating, heartbreaking, and uplifting.
- •The Royal Spyness series by Rhys BowenI usually listen to this series. The narrator is fantastic. They are fun quick mysteries set in England during the depression. Wallis Simpson makes a few cameos that are fantastic.
- •Commencement by J. Courtney SullivanI'd enjoyed Maine and The Engagements so I went back to her debut novel. Maine is still my favorite but I love the characters in this book.
- •The Astronauts Wives ClubI like history so I enjoyed this aspect of the book the most. I even tried to watch the tv show 😬
- •A Hundred Summers by Beatriz WilliamsThis was a delightful book set in coastal Rhode Island in the late 30s. It was a good vacation read with a little more gravitas than my usual beach book.
- •The Book Thief by Markus ZusakI'm actually finishing this tonight (so just under the wire). It is beautiful and haunting. I'm not sure I can see the movie, though.