I've been a big reader my entire life. I remember getting in trouble as a kid because I would sneak and stay up late reading. Well, I never got in too much trouble because I think secretly my mom relished in the fact that I loved to read. Every year I tell myself that I will read more. But if I'm realistic with myself I read in spurts. I go through periods where all I want to do is read and then I get in a rut and take a break. I'm fine with this natural flow of a pattern I've developed.
I'm not positive how many books I've read this year. But since getting Goodreads (friend me!) several months I've counted around 19 books. Some were captivating, some were just meh, and there were a few I struggled to finish. But there were some definite winners that stood out this year!
What Alice Forgot: This book introduced me to my new favorite author---Liane Moriarty. Since, I've read 4 other of her books and each one is fantastic. I love Moriarty's writing because it has everything I want in a book---light, yet thought provoking, modern, and funny.
The Shell Seekers: I randomly picked up this book one day along with my other haul items from Half Priced Books. It sat on my nightstand for a few months before I thought anything else about it. Then I began seeing it pop up on Summer Reading lists and I realized that it's a beach reading classic. I then patted myself on the back for having great taste without even knowing it and took it along with me on my Labor Day beach trip. The hype was correct. It's the perfect beach read. I described it to someone as truly beautiful and I think that's accurate. It's the type of book that you don't want to end but even when it does it's satisfying in every way.
Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are: If you've been reading this blog long you're probably tired of hearing me talk about this book. I can't help it. I probably open it up and reread a chapter at least once a week. The risotto, omelette, and vinaigrette recipes are now staples in my cooking routine. You can read more about my love affair with this book here and here.
Yes Please: This book is everything you'd expect from Amy Poehler and more. It's hysterical, relatable, and insightful. She writes about the struggle of having a career, being a celebrity, and parenting. You kind of feel like you're friends with Amy by the end of the book. I can't watch anything she's in now without thinking about her book and the respect I have for her.
What were your favorite books of 2015?