On the first day of the new year, I thought it would be a worthy year-end send off to share my list of favourite reads from over the past year. In no particular order, the following are some of my favourites:
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan – if you haven’t read this book and you love to read, you must. It’s a collection of Marina Keegan’s fiction and non-fiction that was curated following her tragic death just days after she graduated from Yale. It’s beautiful and I was left both grateful and sad as we won’t get to read anything more from her.
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas – this book is getting its own post in the very near future. It’s about a family and the ups and downs of their lives and I loved it.
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby – this is an excellent vacation book! I took it to Jamaica with me in February and I really enjoyed it. It’s fun and funny and overall, was just a pleasure to read.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – billed as the next Gone Girl, I was excited to read this book but I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I liked it until I had read almost half of it. The main character isn’t overly likable (to me) as she keeps making terrible decisions but the suspense and mystery kept me going and I liked it in the end.
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar – this was a beautiful story where two women intersect and their stories are told in their own distinct voices. Maggie, a psychologist meets Lakshmi, a young woman and they help each other in different ways.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran – I love this book so much. I read this when I was in Jamaica too and I didn’t want to put it down. I’ll post about Caitlin Moran very soon.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – full disclosure, I’m still reading this book and it is epic. So many rich characters and an interesting story as Theo experiences life and definitely worth reading if you haven’t already.
The Bone Tree by Greg Iles – this is the second book in a trilogy that started with Natchez Burning in 2014. It features Penn Cage and a cast of characters that I’ve gotten to know over several of Greg Iles books and both of the books are like an awesome rollercoaster ride with adventure, crime, bad guys, good guys that are bad guys, heroes and history that dates back to the civil rights movement in the Southern US in the 1960’s. They are “read into the middle of the night” books that I couldn’t wait to read and then couldn’t put down. It’s worth meeting Penn!
I read lot of other books and some I’ve already posted about. And one of my resolutions for 2016 is to read 52 books. So more to come!
Happy New Year!
P.S. there were a few books I didn’t get into and can’t wait to crack open:
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – I was saving this for the right time as I think it will be so good.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – I really liked Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go and I’m looking forward to this one.
A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson – this is a companion book to Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, a book I loved a couple years ago. I was saving this one for the right time too! Soon.
Our Turn by Kirstine Stewart – I saw her speak at an event and she is so inspiring!