This Years Past Book Blast

Reading is a hobby of mine and I wanted to share my favorite books from 2015.  I mainly read fiction books with an occasional non-fiction or YA novel thrown into the mix.  Here are the best books that I have read this year!  Enjoy and feel free to share your favorites from this past year!

1. Me Before You  By: Jojo Moynes

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I absolutely loved this story! It is a sad story but was well written, had good character development, and the plot flowed very well. The title of the book relates back to the novel in that parts of the book reflect on how the main characters ,Louisa and Will, lives were before they met each other. A must read and this book will definitely leave an impression on you!

Plot: Louise a twenty six year old young lady is hired as caretaker for Will who is a paraplegic. The story focuses on their relationship and how they both impact each others’ lives. There is a sequel titled After You and that is on my to read list.

2.  The Rosie Project &The Rosie Effect By: Graeme Simsion

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These two books were enjoyable and Don reminded me a little of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. I really enjoyed the books due to the interactions between the main characters Don and Rosie. I felt that they complimented each other well.  THere are some funny moments in the story and I enjoyed both books due to the fact they were off the beaten track and different than a typical fiction book I’d normally choose.

Plot: Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father.

When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

3. We Were The Mulvaneys By:  Joyce Carol Oates

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Most reviews I have seen regarding this novel have been love or hate.  I totally understand why people would not enjoy this story and would rate it negatively.  The few reasons in my opinion are: topic, novel moves at a slow pace, as a reader it was hard to connect to the characters and the character development.  With that aside I enjoyed this book and was intrigued with how a certain event completely changed the dynamics of the Mulvaney family.  The story starts out with Judd, the narrator, describing his family (The Mulvaneys) in the past, at the present time, and before the tragic event happened.  The reader is able to get a picture of the family’s life and roles of  all of the family members.  The novel progress to the Mulvaney life, event that occurred, and the impact of it on each member of the Mulvaney family.  I enjoyed this novel and could not put it down or wait to finish it.

Plot: We Were the Mulvaneys” , is the story of the destruction and regeneration of a family caused by the rape of the teenage, cheerleader daughter. Unwilling to testify against the rapist because she was drinking at the time, the daughter , Marianne, refuses to prosecute. Her father,Michael, a head of a small roofing business, takes the law into his own hands and attacks the father of the rapist. He is fined and given probation. From there, the family’s life goes downhill, from a happy existence on a farm, filled with animals and freedom, to a constricted life in the suburbs with only the youngest of three sons mother, Corinne, present. Oates fills the story with colorful characters and a wealth of details, making the restoration of the family fascinating reading.

4. Finding Audrey By: Sophie Kinsella

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Read this book for my book club and figured I would share it because I like it a lot. This is the total opposite of Sophie Kinsella’s usual lighthearted and chic lit fiction books.  In Finding Audrey she focuses on 14 yr old Audrey who has social and general anxiety.  THe book focuses on how both impact Audrey’s life and daily functioning.  THis book was enjoyable and I like how real life issues are brought to light instead of shopping or frivolous stuff.  Hope that Sophie Kinsella writes more YA books or books with relevant topics in the future.

Plot: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

5. Big Little Lies By: Liane Moriarty

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Love this one!  It is a long read but well worth it!  I found it hard to put the book down and wanted to finish it right away.  The book shows how everyone has secrets and lies in their life and sometimes they become exposed.  The book also shows how judgmental, cruel, and rude adults can be to each other. The writing kept me hooked and I enjoyed reading this novel.

Plot: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 

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