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2015 Books, books and more books

2015 books, books and more books.  Well, as I have shared before I love to read and I am currently reading a large amount of books. I have finished a couple in the last few weeks, but still have several under way. The ones I have finished were great, the ones I am currently reading are great, and I know the ones I WANT to read will be great. If you haven’t already, please join me on Goodreads to see what I have read, and what I want to read and please share with me what YOU are reading and what you have read!  During 2015 I read well over 100 books, the possibility to do this is due in part to my Crohn’s disease flare, this left me home bound for a good portion of the summer.  I am not going to bore you with a list of the nearly 200 books I read this year but I AM going to give you my top 10, sort of 😉  One thing I can promise you, the books that made this list are EXCELLENT.  It was so difficult for me to narrow my list down to ten, as there is not a book I read this year that I didn’t enjoy!!

10.  Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series, I know this is not ONE book but these are all so similar I cannot choose one and if you like one of them you will like them all.  While not the most well written books I have ever read they were perfect for me this summer when I was ill and I even went back and reread some so that I could do them all in order and I recently finished number 22.  Side note: I have tried reading some of Evanovich’s other series and I did NOT enjoy them, so if you have read others and didn’t like them, try the Stephanie Plum books 🙂

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9.  God Never Blinks.  I have written about this book before, it’s one of those books I reread from time to time and this year was one of those times.

8.  Elin Hildebrand.  Again, this is an author not a book, but I found after my mom turned me on to this author that many of her books are very similar and if you like one you will like them all.  It took me a couple of books to really get into her style, but now I enjoy reading her and will be sad when I have finished them all.  She also wrote a few Christmas books, which my mom and I enjoy reading each year during the holidays 🙂  She writes a descriptive story with great character development but always has some sadness in her books, so if you aren’t in the mood for a little bit of sad (and I know there are times I cannot read her books), then stay away from these.

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7.  The Girl on The Train.  I will echo almost every other blogger here, this was a good book.  It was almost painful to read at times because the characters are all awful people (in my opinion) but it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and was very well written.

6. Life From Scratch.  This book was written by a blogger to chronicle her journey through cooking around the world, as well as to record her memoirs.  I really enjoyed this read and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it.  I think she did a fabulous job blending life and cooking.  It’s a great read about how our past doesn’t have to dictate our future.

5.  Ruby.  This book was great.  The story was riveting and a little sad.  Great descriptive writing, which you will almost always find in books I recommend, it is my big achilles heel with reading.  If there isn’t great description there has to be some other great reason that I enjoyed the book (setting was somewhere near and dear to me, etc.)

4.  We Were Liars, E. Lockhart.  This book is unreal.  The plot twist is crazy, I won’t say more about that because I am guessing many of you haven’t read it.  Just….read it.  Have your kids read it.  My daughter read it by accident on my kindle and LOVED it.  It’s just great.

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3. Joyland and Revival, by Stephen King.  Ok, I know, I know, more than one book.  These are the two Stephen King books I read this year.  I have never read a Stephen King book that disappointed me.  I have been reading him since I was in high school (that’s a long time), and while I feel that his genre has shifted a bit I in love with his writing style.  Reading Stephen King for me is like putting on that old pair of jeans that just fits perfect.  I love the way he uses words and his descriptive writing style really transports me to wherever the book is happening.  I truly love everything by him, and I love the shift he has made in his writing because I am not sure I can read It and Christine anymore!!  Anyone else a Stephen King reader?

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2. X by Sue Grafton.  This is the Sue Grafton I read this year but I have read all of her books, they are ordered by the alphabet and each one has been fabulous.  I love her style and I love her characters, in my opinion, if you enjoy Janet Evanovich you will like Sue Grafton as well.  I am so sad that she is nearing the end of the alphabet, and also that she takes a LONG time to come out with new books, so I know it will be awhile before I have a new one to read.

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  1. The Name of The Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1), Patrick Rothfuss.  OMG.  I don’t even know what to say about these books.  I have read book 1, 2 and 3 as well as the novellas that are out.  I am waiting on pins and needles for him to get the next book written.  This is the best dystopian novel I have read ever.  There are so many great characters and fantastic story lines.  You will never be bored.  Then again, if this is not the type of book you enjoy it will overwhelm you.  My daughter and her boyfriend get credit for turning me on to this series, I would never have found it without them.  If you have any fondness at all for this type of book, try these and let me know what you think!!514LJcIGpfL._AA160_

As you can see, I have a wide variety of book tastes, the only thing I do NOT read is romance novels, don’t get me wrong when I was young I did read those but they just don’t interest me anymore.  The moral of the story is that you should be my friend on GoodReads because I don’t read just ONE genre of book, you will find recommendations for many different types of books.  Also, I am always looking for recommendations so I would love to see what YOU are reading!!  Do YOU have book goals for 2016?

xoxo

Heidi

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  • Rosie’s Cottage

    Hi honey, I’m sorry, I meant to leave a comment yesterday but am suffering awful pain in my spine so everything yesterday was a bit of a struggle, don’t worry it’s a little better today. I loved reading your book choices (I haven’t read any of them so far so thank you for the recommendations x) I adore Stephen King too, although I haven’t read any for a while. For quite some time now I’ve been absorbed by historical and philosophical works. Medieval history is a special interest of mine that all started many years ago when I read history at Uni. Who doesn’t love to read about ladies and knights 🙂 My favourites though are about the everyday lives of commoners like myself, how did ordinary folk live, work, love and die. It’s entirely fascinating to compare our lives to those of our ancestors. Sending heaps of huggles and wishes for a wonderful new year honey xxx

    • http://www.heidnspeak.com heidikate73@yahoo.com

      Oh Rosie, I hope you are feeling better, sending hugs and positive thoughts your way!! I love historical fiction and non fiction as well, I have since I was young!! Feel free to throw recommendations my way. If you like Stephen King, I know you will like the two books I recommended, they are both soooo good!!
      Hugs to you!!
      Heidi