I love books. Just love them. Everything about them. Reading them, smelling them, seeing them piled up on a shelf, touching their covers and flipping through them, pondering why they chose this specific cover design, and wondering what other versions are laying on a cutting room floor somewhere. I love bookstores and libraries, and could spend hours browsing the shelves (I usually have to get dragged out, or I will). I love discovering new books and talking about books and finding out that someone loves a book that I love. It's like finding out you both know the same secret handshake.
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Here's what I'm reading and what I've read, from 2014 on. This includes audiobooks, which I still considering "reading" because I don't know what else to call it.
2016 (Which I am proclaiming The Year of the Book. And also The Year of the Book Review.)
1. The Boys in the Boat. (Spellbinding. One of my favorite books ever. Started in 2015 and even included it in the Gift Guide, but I had some distractions before I could finish. Still, spellbinding. And once I had the time I was done in a couple of days.)
3. A God in Ruins.
4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. (Read this!)
5. The Art of Fielding. (Spoilers in the review.) (Read this book!)
6. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1)
7. Fates and Furies. (Polarizing, but I loved it.)
8. Big Little Lies.
9. The Martian.
10. A Little Life. (This book. Dear god.)
13. The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2).
14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. (I've re-read these so many times. This time I am doing so via the audiobooks, which is one of the two best ways to read these books.)
15. The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew #3)
16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
18. The Royal We. (Another re-read. I just adore this book.)
20. The Bell Jar. I make a point to read at least one classic a year, and this was one.
21. Not My Father's Son. Woof. This was a hard one and a good one.
22. The City of Mirrors. Justin Cronin, I have words for you in my review.
23. To Kill a Mockingbird. Another classic I was happy to read this year.
25. Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. The worst review and rating I've ever given. Also the pleasure of being my 25th book this year, meeting my annual reading goal!
26. The Nightingale. I enjoyed it, but I don't know that it lived up to the hype (what book can?).
27. The Secret Place.
28. The Raven Boys.
2015 (Which turned out to be a slow reading year. I blame Candy Crush and Parenthood.)
1. In early 2015 I finished The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver. It wasn't my first time reading it. I picked it up over the summer of 2014 but got distracted. I count books for the year I finish them, but this felt a bit like cheating as I only had a chapter or so left in 2015. Oh well!
2. The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton.
3. The Book of Life. Final book in Deborah Harkness's All Souls trilogy. People have plenty of legit issues with this series (sometimes it drags, there are inconsistencies, etc), but I just adore it. Great characters, interesting story lines, and not your average witch and vampire tale. There's science, history, and time travel to Elizabethan England.
4. The Royal We.
6. Yes Please.
7. Station Eleven.
8. I started listening to the first A Game of Thrones book, but quit maybe a quarter of the way through. I love the show, but couldn't get into the book. The audiobook, at any rate. Among other things, I found it irritating that the narrator was so inconsistent with the pronunciation of the names! YOU HAVE ONE JOB.
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I've read all the HP books a few times. These were the audiobooks. The best audio version of any books around, and always the first I recommend.)
2. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson (I still think about this book.)
3. Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
5. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett (I wanted to love this, but couldn't. I gave up about halfway through.)
6. Allegiant (Divergent #3), Veronica Roth (I'm sorry to say I gave up on this one, too.)
7. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
8. Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, Jake Adelstein (I was enjoying this book, but was reading it in the middle of a really hectic time and ended up putting it down and not picking it up again. Yet.)
9. A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle (A re-read of a childhood favorite. I'm torn on whether or not it holds up as an adult.)
10. The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly
11. Plum Island, Nelson Demille
12. Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
13. The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith (I am enjoying these mystery books written by J.K. Rowling under a pen name. My guess is there will be movies made from them. That's my hope, too.)
14. He Found Me, Whitney Barbetti (My friend Whitney wrote this! Thoroughly enjoyable!)
15. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan
16. Bossy Pants, Tina Fey
17. Signs of Life, Natalie Taylor (I'm still thinking about this book.)
18. Landline, Rainbow Rowell
19. Broken Harbour, Tana French
20. What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty