Saturday, January 9, 2016

What I Read in 2015!

Books. Ah, how I love that word. I must admit that this list is far from comprehensive. I read books from the library this year that I don't have to photograph and a bunch of boring old novels for my Masters in English. (Definitely won't talk about those, but I would honestly reccomend The Odd Women by Gissing. It's rather good!)

As much as I love books, I rarely buy them. They take up space. So when I do buy a book it must be pretty special. Either it's an author I know I love, something I think I'll read again, or for a vacation (in case I lose it or decide to leave it in the airport for someone else to make room for all the stuff I have purchased. Lol)
So if your new year's resolution was to read more for 2016, here are some ideas!

Okay, wow, long intro! 
Let's get down to it!

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Grade: A+
I'm sure you've heard loads about this book. It is a thriller, and a page turner. I enjoyed the twist at the end immensely. If you haven't picked it up yet, what are you waiting for?? 

2. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Grade: A 
I know what you're thinking... "he cheated" Great guess! Why don't you read it and find out? This is an author who makes me snort with laughter. You know, those small laughs that bubble out of nowhere?She is funny in unexpected ways. 

3. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
Grade: A
I will buy anything by Rowling. I did however give away the Casual Vacancy without finishing it. I hated that book. Anyway this is the 3rd in her Cormoran Stirke crime scene investigation mystery series. Totally in love with it. It ended with quite a twist on the character front. I can't wait to find out what happens with them in the next novel! This was is pretty intense as it follows a truly psychopathic murderer. Skip this one if blood bothers you.

4. The One & Only by Emily Giffin
Grade: B
I absolutely love Emily Giffin (author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue) and this was an autographed copy from the airport in Minneapolis. (I actually read this at the end of 2014 but decided to include it) 
However, the story line sadly wasn't as good as her other books. 

5. Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas
Grade : B+
This historical fiction books follows the murder mystery case of a "fallen dove" (prostitute) in Denver. It was rather a page turner because I love Historical Fiction. :)

6. Life and Death "Twilight Reimagined" by Stephenie Meyer
Grade : B-
I love Twilight. It is awfully hard to be an English major and love Twilight because all the "serious literary scholars" say it's trash. Whatever. This was a "fun" read that I finished in a day. It was so enjoyable to be back in that world with some new surprises. It's pretty short but The ending was just okay for me though.

7. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin 
Grade: B+
I read this on my honeymoon cruise and truly enjoyed it. It is a historical fiction/love story with plenty of intrigue and secrets. Ironically, I was supposed to be reading a Henry James novel for my Masters and I read this instead and then at the end the author cited James as one of her literary inspirations. Haha it was pretty funny. 

Thanks for reading! If you have a book suggestion for me please leave it in the comments below!

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