Top 10 Read in 2015

I have read several books since starting this blog.  I haven’t shared a review because, you know, first review post.  I wanted it to be a super awesome, amazingly great book to share with you all.  The books I have read these past two weeks  were just meh, or good but not first review amazing.

Then I got to thinking, it’s the end of the year and this year I read a lot of super awesome, amazingly great books!  So in honor of closing out 2015 and getting over that first review thing, I’m going to share with you my top 10 favorite books that I read in 2015.  Some of these are older books that have been on my TBR list for years, others were published this year. All of them are fabulous in my opinion!

**For a full list of all the books I have read this year, please see my Goodreads page**

To keep this post under 100 pages, I’m just going to share a quick synopsis of each book.  A real review would go much more in depth and state reasons why or why not I liked it.

10.The Good Girl

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Psychological thriller, very similar to the style of Gillian Flynn.  Story told from multiple narrators about a missing girl believed to be kidnapped. I read it in one day, I couldn’t put it down!

 

9.All the Light We Cannot See

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Everyone raved about this book.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and it was beautifully written, but it didn’t live up to the hype it was getting in my opinion.  Maybe I just read it at the wrong time.  WWII wartime story about a girl in Paris and a little boy sent to bootcamp in Germany and how their paths cross in life.

8.The Martian

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I am not really into space/sci-fi.  I’m REALLY not into math.  Yet for some reason, I loved this book!  Now a movie, the Martian is about an astronaut left for dead on Mars and his story of trying to survive with what he has from the mission.

7.Station 11

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Post apocalyptic story not about zombies coming to eat you, just a flu that wipes out the population along with technology.  Very beautifully written and more artistic than most (all that I’ve read) apocalyptic novels.

6. Her Fearful Symmetry

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Ghost story about a lady who dies and leaves her London apartment to her twin American nieces.  The girls move from Chicago to London and learn so much about life and who they are.  This is one book that I will revisit and read again!

5.To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (and PS I Still Love you)

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OK.  Remember I said I really love all genres (minus sci-fi) Yeah, well that includes YA.  It doesn’t get any more YA than a book about a 16 year old girl and her love life.  Let me tell you, it works! This was such a wonderful read.  Even as a mom of two small children, I could still relate to Lara Jean’s story.

4. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

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If you are a “book person” you will no doubt enjoy the Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.  A Grumpy, old, widowed bookseller finds a baby in his book store one night.  He decides to keep her and she teaches him to love.

3. Fangirl

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And back to the YA fiction.  Me, along with the rest of the YA loving world, is a huge fan of Fangirl.  Although, I will admit that I was not into the Carry On sidestory about Simon Snow….by the end of the book I was skipping those pages. But the rest of the story was just so. good.

2.The Secret Keeper

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This was the first book I read this year, as well as the first by Kate Morton.  Takes place in both WWII England and present day bound by family secrets.  Everyone I have recommended this to has read it and also loved it.

1. Light Between Oceans

imageHands. Down. Favorite. Book.  And maybe not just of the year.  It is definitely in my top five all time favorites.  In fact, I asked for it for Christmas just to have a hardcover copy.  A lighthouse keeper and his wife find a baby washed ashore in a boat on their deserted island.  They raise her as their own.  Once they return to the city, stories become unraveled and drama ensues.  Ugh.  So beautifully written!  If you haven’t read this yet, well, just go read it!

 

So yeah, those were my favorites this year.  A little all over the place, but all so good.  Have you read any of these?  What did you think?  What were your favorites of the year….anything else I should add to my TBR list???

Well Hello There

The only proper first post of a sparkly, brand new blog would obviously be an introduction of sorts.

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Hi!  My name is Kristen Danis and I have been a blogger for almost six years on my other blog: KD-Quilts and Knits I love blogging, but I wanted to keep that site to just be my Quilts and hand knit items.  Seeing as I read just as much (if not more) than I do my crafty things…thanks to two little guys age 5 and 1…I thought I would create a second blog dedicated to my bookish things.

I know how strong the online community is in the sewing and knitting world, and am learning how amazing the book community is as well.  It’s such an amazing thing to see the discussions and friendships that form from places like Instagram and Good Reads Groups.  I can’t wait to get more active in the bookstagram world!

This blog is going to be another outlet for my book reviews.  I will share the good stuff, the bad stuff and the stuff I wondered why I read it.  The reviews are going to be more in depth than my good read reviews.  I will periodically post round ups of some favorite books, or super amazing book deals I find out there.  I also hope it will be a place to have discussion.  So if you have read something that I share, I would love to chat!  Leave a comment telling me your thoughts on the book.  Because really, who doesn’t love to chat about what they are reading!

Now if you will please excuse me, I have some reading to do!  See you later!