It’s time for another Best Of list! Do you ever get tired of reading those? I don’t, actually. It’s fun to see what really got people excited in 2015. Last year, when I began Big Reading Life, I only included books that were published in 2014. This year, I decided to go with my ten favorite reading experiences of the year, no matter when the book was published.
Here we go! (In no particular order, and with a one word review:)
A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James. Masterful.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson. Classic.
My Salinger Year – Joanna Rakoff. Nostalgic.
Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff. Fierce.
Dietland – Sarai Walker. Subversive.
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates. Powerful.
The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading -Phyllis Rose. Fun.
A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson. Heartbreaking.
Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill. Raw.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie. Just read it. (Okay, that’s more than one word, but this YA novel is everything – hopeful, hilarious, heartbreakingly sad – it’s got it all and you just have to read it.)
Goodreads tells me I read 77 books this year. Of those, 17 were written by authors of color. My main reading goal this year was to increase my numbers from a paltry 7 titles last year. So 17 is better than 7, but it’s still only 22% of the total. Room for improvement.
I didn’t re-read Middlemarch, nor did I complete Love in the Time of Cholera, which were my other stated reading goals. I tried with the Garcia Marquez, but it just didn’t hold my attention. It happens!
As you look back on your own reading year, I hope you accomplished some of your reading goals, and if you didn’t… well, I hope you enjoyed the journey anyway! I certainly did!