Sunday, December 20, 2015

2015 Favorite Books

Reading Ratings of 2015 (Annette’s Reading List)

Below are the books I have read and reviewed in 2015. You can read reviews by clicking on the titles. Choosing a “favorite” is more difficult than it sounds. Each book as its merits.  They all touched me in different ways. I wanted to mark so many more that stood out, but in the end I whittled it down to the top one (or three) in a category. 


Click on the titles to read the reviews.


Fiction:


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie




Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo



Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

This fun book’s originality and wit stood out and
wins my “favorite book of the year award.” 



The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George



Log of the SS the Mrs. Unguentine by Stanley Crawford





Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Landvik



Serena by Ron Rash



The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls



Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford



Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton



http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com/2015/03/swamplandia-by-karen-russell.htmlSwamplandia! by Karen Russell

Although I'll admit there's one part in the book that turned me off, in the end I really liked this book because the setting and premise are so different.  Very original.


This book was touching (and at times a tad odd), but it really stuck with me.          

Action/Suspense:
 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-martian-by-andy-weir.htmlThe Martian by Andy Weir

All the books in this category were outstanding, but The Martian kept me turning the pages the fastest.


Zorro by Isabel Allende



Memoirs/Travelogues:

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer

Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

Tracks by Robin Davidson

A Walk in the Woods  by Bill Bryson

Again, all the books in this category were very good, but only Bill had me laughing out loud!


Biographies/Historical Narratives:

In this category, I’m not even going to try and decide—all books were excellent.


What’s not to love about a race around the world?—Set in the 1800s with two women—and all true. 

http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com/2015/07/into-wild-by-jon-krakauer.htmlInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Sad and unforgettable, this book left a lasting impression.

http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-lady-in-gold-by-anne-marie-oconnor.htmlThe Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor

A fascinating dip into history.

Pulitzer Prize Winners:

http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com/2015/02/beloved-by-toni-morrison.htmlBeloved by Toni Morrison

This book nudged past Olive because it was so heart-wrenching and raw.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout

Happy Reading,

Annette



What’s your favorite book that you read in 2015? Post a comment or email:   Readinginthegarden@gmail.com

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