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Today a sweet, supportive friend, Mandy of Off the Beaten Shelf, is moving away from Birmingham. In her honor, and because she has helped renew my love of reading and the community books bring, I am writing today about the books I’ve read so far this year.
I’ve read about 13 books, starting out the year by finishing the Game of Thrones series. I hope to finish at least one more before the year is over. I’m not sure I’ve ever tracked what I’ve read so closely, but I’ve enjoyed using the Goodreads app and finding recommendations from friends. I made some pretty decent book choices this year, so I’ve been talking about them a lot more!
Here are my Top 3 favorites from this year, plus the remainder of my list from 2015.
- All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
I don’t even know exactly what to say about this book except: READ IT!! Like, click the link above, click purchase, or run right out and buy a copy and curl up and read this book now. It’s a beautiful, sad, heart-breaking and romantic story set during World War II. I simply can’t say enough good things about this book!
2. Secrets of a Charmed Life, Susan Meissner
This is another book where I don’t know where to start because the story is so wonderful. I haven’t even finished the book yet, and I’m already recommending it to everyone I know. This book is also set in World War II, and the characters have sucked me in. I am sad for them, angry for them, cheering for them … loving this book!
3. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
I know some people who hated this book — I loved the book, but hated the characters! There are some pretty despicable people portrayed in this book, but I love a good mystery and this is one definitely had me hooked. If you liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, you’ll like this book, too. Even if you root for the demise of the characters!
Here are the other books I read this year — I’ll give them a rating of 1 out of 5 (1 for just OK, 5 for awesome), so you’ll know how I felt about them, too.
A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin — 4
Who Do You Love, Jennifer Weiner — 4
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart — 3
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple — 3.5
Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter — 3
The Silent Wife, A.S.A. Harrison — 2
Girl on a Train, A J Waines — 3
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert — 5
Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling — 3.5
Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want, Tess Vigeland — 2