I kind of got sidetracked about talking about my recent reads, even though I've had a post in the works for months now. I was going to scrap it altogether, but I like keeping lists and I like talking about books, so I'm just going to do one big dump of the last 14 books I read in 2015. Don't worry, I'm only going to let you know if I loved or hated the book in one or two lines!
If you're interested in knowing more about what I thought about a particular book, you can always look up my short reviews on goodreads. (P.S. are you on goodreads? If you like reading, then you really should be!).
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman: Loved it, a grand saga about forbidden love, scandal, betrayal and loss. You can read my full review here.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio: The most endearing and touching book I read all year about a young boy who doesn't fit in because of a facial deformity he was born with. Everyone should read it.
The Martian by Andy Weir: The best sci-fi book I think I've ever read. Funny, witty and a page-turner. Read it before you see the movie!
When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid: I'm still not sure how I feel about this book, a heartbreaking and tragic story of one boy's struggle with his sexuality.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: The right combination of seriousness, humour and wit to take this mystery a step above chick-lit. Had me guessing to the very end.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Just as good as the time I read it in high school.
7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee: Utterly disappointing. But didn't make me love Atticus any less! Makes for great book club discussion.
8. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: Ugh, started it on audiobook, and finished it on ebook, and it was the worst thing I've listened to/read all year. Movie was great though! (Go figure).
9. The Story Hour by Thirty Umrigar: A pleasant read, but not a book that stuck with me.
10. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank: One of the first post-apocalyptic books ever written (late 50s), it's amazing how relevant it still is. I enjoyed the in-depth look at what is truly required to survive after a nuclear war.
11. More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena B. Miller: Made me want to pack up my family and covert to the Amish way of life.
12: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion: A fun sequel, Don is his usual quirky self (whom I love), but Rosie drove me crazy.
13: The Vacationers by Emma Straub: Such a bore. Totally felt let down by this one.
14: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende: A fantastic novel to end off my year of reading with. A beautiful love story (not without betrayal and secrets), told in chapters from both present day and the past.
And there you have it! I promise I will never subject you to such a long list of books again, ha! I'd love
Have you read any of these books? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have!
Any you loved or hated from this list?
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