I read 42 books in 2015 which I think is pretty good going and probably about as good as it is going to get for me in terms of volume! I read more than usual this year due to sleeplessness in pregnancy and sleep deprivation with a newborn. The beauty of the Kindle is that I can read it easily while lying down with/holding a baby. This certainly helps to make night time awakenings slightly more palatable. I look forward eagerly to the days (maybe in 30 years time??) when I can read as a single activity, during the day for as long as I feel I want. I vaguely remember those luxurious days on holiday, reading, pre-children!
The 42 books I read are as follows:
Red Love: The Story of an East German Family by Maxim Leo
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Us by David Nicholls
The Bitch Goddess Notebook by Martha O’Connor
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
Nearer than the Sky by T. Greenwood
Blood Orange by Drusilla Campbell
Wildwood by Drusialla Campbell
The Hungry Season by T. Greenwood
All The Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr
Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes
The No Kids Club by Talli Roland
A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain
Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain
Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain
Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
The Fever by Megan Abbott
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster
A Year In the Life of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Oranges for Christmas by Margarita Morris
The Bay At Midnight by Diane Chamberlain
Daughter by Jane Shemilt
The Runaway Family by Diney Costeloe
Elephant Moon by John Sweeney
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster
After the Crash by Michel Bussi
Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
The Corrections by Jonathon Franzen
I don’t have a stand out favourite book of the year, but those that have stuck with me the most and I would therefore recommend most strongly are…in no particular order:
We Are Water by Wally Lamb – I love Wally Lamb books and this book is of a similar ilk to his others – an epic family saga seen through the eyes of different characters. Lots of interesting characters though the ending felt a bit empty.
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume – I ate up Judy Blume books as a teenager. This is one of her fiction stories aimed at adults. It was the only one I could get on the Kindle though others are available in paper. I intend to download her recent novel when it goes down in price a bit. (I am a big fan of the £1 books!) I really enjoyed this, partly because it is sent in Martha’s Vineyard and I loved hearing about the places I have visited. As always with Judy Blume books, I also felt a lot of empathy for the characters.
600 hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster – This is the first person story of a man in his thirties with Aspergers Syndrome. Edaward is so real and very endearing. I read the sequel to this novel also, but the first is definitely the best.
Us by David Nicholls – Fans of David Nicholls will love this book. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was funny and very readable. I didn’t like all of the characters, but did like the Dad, kind of!
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith – This felt a very quick read. It is very different to the thriller types that the author has written previously, but it felt fast paced nonetheless. I was rooting for a different ending.
I am hoping that some of you will have read some of the same books. Always love to discuss – when I can remember them that is! Also, I am always open to suggestions for things to read next. As you can probably see, I have fairly eclectic tastes.