This past year was a great year for books. I probably said that last year, but I’m saying it again. I read some really great books – and some that were quite disappointing. I finally read FanGirl – and I honestly could’ve read it in one sitting. I really loved it – and though it wasn’t released this past year, I’ll be looking forward to anything that Rainbow Rowell writes. Of all of the new releases I read this year, these are my favorites.
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen Growing up, Bruce Springsteen was always one of my Dad’s favorite artists. I still think of him every time I hear the song Born to Run – which is all the time! I had to read this book, and I really loved it. I had no idea he had such an interesting life, and after reading it now know the inspiration to some of his songs.
Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld She is one of my favorite authors and I was so excited to read this. Although the story wasn’t 100% original I still loved it. She wrote the book as part of the Austen Project, which challenged 4 contemporary writers to rework Jane Austen’s classic stories. This was her version of Pride and Prejudice – set in modern day Cincinnati.
At the End of the Orchard – Tracy Chevalier If I were ranking these – this book would be my number 1. I don’t read historical fiction too often, but this book had a lot of history of it. Regional history – beginning in Connecticut, a family moves out west, into the swamps in Ohio. It follows the family’s youngest son to California, during the gold rush of the mid-19th century. It was touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, but I really loved it.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – So this wasn’t a full Harry Potter story, just a manuscript of a play that debuted in London. I loved the story, which is set years after the last book left off. He and Ginny are now married and their sons are students at Hogwarts. There was a lot of action and I kept wondering how it work on stage.
The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware From the very beginning until the end, I could not put this book down. At least 3 separate times while reading it I was convinced I knew exactly what had happened. I was wrong each time.
The War at Home – Rachel Starnes As I type this, we are counting down the days until my husband’s next deployment. He has 6 days until he leaves again. Rachel Starnes is also a military wife, and her husband works in the same Navy community as my husband does. She spoke to me in this book, or at least that’s what it felt like. She speaks of military life candidly, honestly, and unapologetically.
I’m looking forward to many more great books next year. Early mornings with a cup of coffee and a good book. Late nights with a cup of tea and a good book. Right now I’m working on Just Mercy, which I am loving!
Happy New Year and happy reading!!