Happy New Year!
Now let’s talk about BOOKS!
I like to read. A lot.
I mean a LOT, a lot.
I am in a book club and we read one book a month, plus I read plenty on my own. I love discussing books with others and getting their take on things.
I thought sharing my favorite reads of 2015 with you would be a fun way to wrap up the year. Please chime in with your thoughts.
A girl named Ursula relives her life over and over again, dying at different points and ages and always being reborn on the same day in 1910. She lives through two World Wars and has countless amazing experiences, all leading up to her figuring out her purpose, the reason she keeps living again.
I crazy loved this book. I couldn’t stop reading it, and when it was over, I couldn’t stop talking about it. It’s compelling, well-paced, and absolutely mesmerizing. If you’re on the fence about reading it, just get through the first quarter of the book. It takes a little while to get into the groove of it and even understand what’s happening. But believe me, it’s worth it.
This book is told from a dog’s perspective. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really into it when it was suggested, but I read it because that’s what a good book clubber does.
It turned out to be one of my all-time favorite books. The dog is owned by a race car driver and he follows this man, very loyally, through all the twists and crazy turns life throws him. It was unexpected and surprisingly poignant and so real it was profound.
I could not recommend this book more. Go get it today!
This girl Melissa has problems saying no and being assertive in real life. She needs a job and after almost getting sucked into a high-society escort service, she creates a character, Honey, who basically trains men and helps them with life, since she’s so good at giving advice and organizing things and knows literally everyone.
There are 3 books in this series and it is positively delightful! It’s funny, heartwarming, and relatable all at once. The ending was also a bit of a guessing game, which is hard to find in a comedic series. It never goes behind locked doors and is told in first person, and while it’s limiting in some ways, it’s also very freeing in others.
I love this series and will be revisiting it for sure. It’s great for the quick/light read list.
This cannot be explained, it’s that weird and confusing. There’s a circus. It’s open at night. It’s only in black and white. It goes on forever. I don’t really understand it.
This is one of those books that will have you talking for weeks and confused even longer. I still don’t really know what happened at the end. It makes a great club read and we all loved it, but it definitely keeps you on your toes. I recommend reading it without hesitation. And if you figure it out, send me a message, please.
Everything this woman writes is magic. This book is inspiring and fascinating and scary all at once. Read it.
In the world of fan fiction, I read a few new titles this year, both on the boards and the bookshelves. These are the ones I particularly enjoyed. (Because I am a fanfiction writer myself, I want to be clear that no one asked me to write any of this and that these are not formal reviews, just books I liked. If it’s not included, it means nothing. I probably didn’t read it or for whatever reason it wasn’t in my top faves. I most likely forgot about it, so please don’t get offended.)
These were not necessarily done in 2015, that’s just when I read them.
I really enjoyed it, but it was intense. I suggest reading it with either wine or dark chocolate at hand, maybe both. It is beautifully written and wonderfully poignant.
Wow. Just wow. Everything this woman writes is at a level so far and above what I expect that I have no words. This was sweet, funny, tragic, and so lovely.
This was completely out of left field for me. I knew nothing about it going in, but I was delighted all the way through. A mix of naughtiness, intrigue, romance, and pure crazy, this is definitely worth the read.
I normally don’t do modern JAFF, but this was so FUN! I am not into dogs, I’m not into any pets really (3 kids is enough!), but this was incredibly entertaining! The chemistry was great, the story was engaging, and the characters were on point. If you haven’t checked it out yet, get on it!
This is so imaginative and from such a new perspective. It’s very much worth the read. It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
On the Boards
- Brief Encounters and Ghosts in the Attic by SaraPencil over at Austen Underground.
They are both good, and I particularly enjoyed Ghosts in the Attic. I won’t spoil it for you, just go read it! Brief Encounters has some GREAT banter, and everyone knows banter is my absolute most favorite thing.
- The Third Nephew by Shelby at Austen Interlude
It’s a bit dark, so be prepared. I wouldn’t recommend it for young readers, but for psychological thrills and angst, it’s worth a look.
- A Literary Courtship by LucyQ at A Happy Assembly
This is one of my new favorite authors. This story is VERY well-written, and so, so lovely. I loved their interactions, the backstory and subsequent unveiling of Darcy’s character, and the way the physical intimacy that a new marriage brings increased the emotional trust and intimacy. I can’t say enough good things.
- A Lady’s Reputation by Alex9903 at A Happy Assembly
A comedy of errors that had me cringing and laughing. A fun, wily, romp that makes a boring afternoon waiting to pick up kids a lot more interesting.
- Sarah’s Story by Stacy B at The Derbyshire Writer’s Guild
I don’t know how I missed this for so long, but I finally read it and Oh. My. Word. I sobbed and blushed and hoped and cringed and sobbed again. Amazing tale of the life of D & E through the eyes of her maid. I dare you not to cry.
- Nature of the Beast by Autumn D at Derbyshire Writer’s Guild
I love this so much. I’ve read it at least three times so far. There’s just something about it that stays with me. I can’t put my finger on it, and I don’t normally like paranormal stuff, but this one…
Jump in with thoughts or book suggestions for 2016. I’d love to hear from you!