My FAVE books of 2015 and December Reads | The Life of K: My FAVE books of 2015 and December Reads

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

My FAVE books of 2015 and December Reads

I'm quite happy that I reached my goal of 50 books in 2015. Just! I've updated this page with links to all my posts and reviews over the year. I like being able to go back and be reminded of what I thought. So what were my top 10? A delightful mix of everything!

Have you read any of them? What's your favourite book?

My faves

Station 11


World War Z


The Martian


A House in the Sky


Into Thin Air


The Red Tent


The Book of Negroes


Leaving Time


Vanishing Girls


Where They Found Her


December wasn't a big month when it came to reading. I spent a lot of my leisure time (time between when the kids go to bed and I go to bed) watching tv. I watched 3 seasons of the Mindy Project while reading her second book. Mindy overload! She's a funny girl though who makes some very accurate observations about people and life. The show is a little ridiculous, which is why I stopped watching it years ago, but nice for a break.

December Reads




49. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Summary

Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.
That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

What I thought

Just like every other book by Sarah Dessen, it was a good read but nothing spectacular.



50. Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

Summary

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

What I thought

Mindy is a smart girl who has a way with words. She's funny and observant and real. I really enjoyed her second book.



51. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Summary

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

What I thought

This was a sad book that really makes you think about how you influence others. I appreciated that you could tell that this book was set in the 70s so certain things characters did made sense (unlike in The Snail's Castle by Mark Gordon).

And that's it! 2015 was a good year for books. Join me as I work my way towards reading another 50 books in 2016!

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