LR: FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE PAST YEAR

  1. Follow the River by James Alexander Thom
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Despite an enormous action sequence right at the start, it took a little time to get invested in this book. However, once I was finally committed there was no stopping me. It's a painful read, to be honest; basically a woman's version of The Revenant--even more terrifying in some ways. One thing that bothered me though: they needed a better editor! There were so many mistakes--please let me help you fix your book! Still a good read, though.
  2. The Good People of New York by Thisbee Nissen
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was my Book-O-Ganza book, and one that I really enjoyed. For more about it, read this list: THE GOOD PEOPLE OF NEW YORK: MY BOOK-O-GANZA BOOK {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5}.
  3. The Girl on the Train
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one gripped me by the loins and didn't let go until I never wanted to come near a man ever again. Fantastic read, far superior to the film—though the acting was sublime.
  4. Me Before You
    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This book. I mean. My goodness. I could write a series of books about all the conflicts it raised within me, as a person who is classified as disabled and may one day rely on the assistance of others for every little thing, could possibly be confined to existence in a chair, this book was just a very eye-opening read for me. It was something that taught me the necessity of choosing compassion instead of judgement—because I know SO. MANY. PEOPLE. who...
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    condemned the way the story played out, and it was a very surreal moment of, "I can't say what I would do in that situation, because I know how I feel in my situation NOW, not in that one." If that makes any sense. Sorry, I know I'm rambling, but I just adored this book.
  6. House of Leaves
    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This is a reading experience like No Other. I fell hopelessly I love with a character who did nothing more than journal his recent experiences in the footnotes; his part in the book wasn't even the alleged "focus" of the book, yet it was precisely what kept me reading even when I LOATHED him for his actions. It's very complex and layered, and it took my a good while to read, because I was so enamored with him that I went back and reread passages entirely too often. Plus,
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    it's a book that can be read in many different ways. Straight through the main story, or using footnotes and content they link to as a reference tool, or reading the footnotes and the story contained within straight through. Again, it's unlike anything I've ever read or am ever likely to read again. A great many people deeply disliked this book, I'm pretty sure it's one of those "either love it or hate it" things, but I really enjoyed it; also finally completing every page felt like a victory.