Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- This book was an emotional, immersive journey unlike any I've read in a long time. It was equal parts suspenseful, romantic, and action-packed. The characters taught me so much about the WWII era and women's history. The story breaks your heart, but uplifts and inspires at the same time.
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee- News of its release filled me with both excitement and dread. My reaction is still mixed. Yet, overall, it was nice to read the flashbacks containing more antics from Scout, Jem, and Dill. Those moments made the book worth it.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen- Got my Austen readin' on again! Seriously, I flipflop between liking Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice the best. Sense and Sensibility feels like two stories for the price of one, that of Elinor and Marianne. It's easy to identify with both characters, having both a practical and romantic side.
As You Wish by Cary Elwes- I really enjoyed Cary Elwes' musings on one of the best cult films ever. It was fun to relive his memories of the behind-the-scenes adventures. If you adore the movie, you'll adore it even more having read this book. Cary is a hilarious and gracious host down memory lane.
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn- Although slightly more unconventional with its focus on high family dysfunction, the book was a page-turner for me. I honestly didn't see how this would have a happy ending. But that's the magic of a good author. Took me from "the black moment" to "oh, hey, it works!"
Wreath by Judy Christie- I have a soft spot for stories of survival, and "Wreath" is a very done and closely believable one with an inspirational message. The author instantly made me care for this runaway and root for her whole journey. After her struggles, it has a great, feel-good ending.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab- One of the most intriguing fantasy worlds I've seen lately. The main character, Kell, embodies cool, calm, and confident. He's rivaled only by the sassy female pirate, Lila. Magical sparks fly!
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- This book has been on my bucket list for a while. But I kept putting it off, until my hubby insisted, after he re-read the series himself. Now I'm all about Aragorn/Strider's character. So awesome. I like the movies, but as they say, the book is better.
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan- This was highly recommended to me by several professors. Over and over again I'd find references to it in textbooks and non-fiction titles. So I thought it was time to check it out for myself. It may seem simple today, but for the time it was written, it has amazing allegories. I was thinking it was written 1850-1880...wrong, 1678!
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery- Beyond sweet. It's a lovely, hopeful little story with universal themes. It effortlessly asks big questions in a child-like innocent way. Another bucket list book I wish I'd read sooner.