Top Ten Books I Read This Year!


This is a Broke & Bookish topic from a few weeks ago, but I waited, since I wasn’t done with 2015 reading yet!

My booklist spreadsheet says I’ve read 80 books this year, but I didn’t keep good track during the summer and early fall, so it’s an estimation. For a year in which I graduated, got married, moved 3 times, started a new job, and completed a semester of grad school, I think that’s a respectable number, if a little lower than usual.

In no specific order….

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

I didn’t know Jurassic Park was a book until a friend told me and I was fascinated. My school library actually had it and let me tell you, I spent 48 hours in breathless terror, barely sleeping, shirking homework, and walking around campus in a daze. The book is flat out brilliant, effortlessly weaving intellect, science, and horror. Completely genius.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I didn’t want to read Wuthering Heights again. I read it quite young and loved it (skipped supper and held off my pee for hours to finish it), but I was afraid a second reading would be disappointing. But it was assigned as part of my British Novel class in the spring, so I gave it try. Lo and behold, it was just as good the second time!

If you’re unfamiliar with Wuthering Heights: it’s a bit confusing (multiple narrators) and hard to understand at times (obscure dialects), but completely brilliant in terms of character and plot. As classics go, it’s relatively short and approachable.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I’m a sucker for reading about habits and life hacks and psychology, so Gretchen Rubin is one of my go-to authors now. The Happiness Project is about her attempt to find out what really made her happier in life. Well worth a read for anyone endeavoring to live a happier/better life.

The Queen of Attolia by Margaret Whalen Turner

Second book in a fabulous 4 part series. This one made my list because it’s my favorite. Not much I can say without spoiling, but this series is good if you like politics, fantasy, or really interesting relationships. The universe (and relationships) were really expanded in this book, which is why I like it so much.

Quiet by Susan Cain

As an introvert and someone obsessively interested in understanding what makes me (and other people) tick, I was basically required to read this book. You should be too, if you have any interest in how people function.

See my full review.

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

If you read fantasy at all, every McKinley book should be on your TBR list. I particularly enjoyed this one for exploring an existing mythological species. But she has yet to write the next book (an absolute necessity), so if you want to avoid heartbreak and painful fangirling over an unfinished story…..

See my full review.

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

Another fantasy goddess. I really like this book for her handling of tragedy. I’m also partial to the magical system she’s created, but her handling of the war and each character’s response to it makes this a favorite.

See my full review.

Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy is one of the most depressing authors ever to live, but this is his happiest book. The plot is like watching a train wreck, but it’s so, so beautiful and enchanting.

Also my first experience with an audiobook, which I quite enjoyed.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

From a feminist, lesbian professor to a Christian wife and mother. Rosaria tells her story rawly, beautifully, and intelligently. Books from converts (especially such intelligent and honest ones) don’t come out of Christianity often, making Secret Thoughts a unique and worthwhile read.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The entire Millennium trilogy was quite good, but book 1 gets placement for the excitement of initially learning the characters and Larsson’s style. I’m not much of a mystery/intrigue reader, but Larsson’s characters are worth it.

See my full review.

 

Which books did you especially enjoy this year? Have you read any of these? Please tell me in the comments!

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