Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Top Books of 2015 and What I Hope to Read in 2016

Top Books (in no particular order. This post would never exist if I had to choose because two books can be my #1 for so many reasons):

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

It's a children's book, but it is most certainly one of my favorites from this year. What a great story to read to children! It's all about individuality and approving of yourself. Ferdinand wasn't afraid to be his true self and neither should anyone else be. 

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

Having never read any Jody Hedlund books before I wasn't sure what to expect. So how fun was it when I realized I was reading quality stuff? An author who researches well is gold and always worth reading. It's about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Read it! I would never had given my due diligence to Luther for the sacrifices he made if I had never read this book. 

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton 

I'm gonna stop right here. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love this author's work. I will say, however, that I was certainly not disappointed and in fact ignored my family during breakfast to finish this book. You will not be disappointed either. 

Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty 


So I didn't realize that I apparently went on a Liane Moriarty spree until I started making my list. My sister introduced me to this author by buying me What Alice Forgot for my birthday. Boy, am I glad she did! So funny, well written, quality plots and subject matter, interesting mysteries (which was a surprise), and I could probably go on but won't. Find out for yourself if you haven't already! 
I would have to say of all three that I've read (yay that I still have more novels of hers to read in 2016!) Big Little Lies was probably my favorite. For fear of spoiling the book for you I won't go into why.

Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson

I've read a lot of murder mystery series and The Gaslight Series by this author is by far my favorite. I hadn't realized she'd written two more (after I'd caught up on all of them life got busy so I wasn't following her releases, and then I stumbled upon two new ones). This was a fun read and it kept me engaged the whole time. It was like meeting up with old friends! 

Books I Hope to Read:

1984 by George Orwell

Having heard of this book for so long I'm hoping to finally take the plunge.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

It sounds so good I'm really looking forward to it, but about 17 people are in front of me at the library so I have to be patient! 

A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton 

This is a sequel to The Wood's Edge and I'm so stoked about it! But alas, I have to be patient with this one as well, because its release date isn't until April! 

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

I have three novels left to read by Liane! I'll be so sad when I'm all done! 

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson

Last book in the series! I'll be sad having to wait for some new releases!

That's it! Tell me a novel you liked the best and least in 2015, and one you're hoping to read in this new year! 

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