Saturday, January 30, 2016

Year in Review: Adult Books

I read 94 adult books in 2015. Here are my top ten:

  1. When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II. Molly Guptill Manning. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 288 pages. [Source: Library]  
  2. Gut: The Inside Story of Our Most Underrated Organ. Giulia Enders. Illustrated by Jill Enders. 2014/2015. Greystone Books. 288 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1977. 386 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  4. A Duty To The Dead. (Bess Crawford #1) Charles Todd. 2009. HarperCollins. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Murder in the Afternoon. (Kate Shackleton #3) Frances Brody. 2011/2014. Minotaur Books. 400 pages.  [Source: Library]
  6. Station Eleven. Emily St. John Mandel. 2014. Knopf Doubleday. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. The Tale of Hill Top Farm. Susan Wittig Albert. 2004. 286 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. Ross Poldark. (Poldark #1) Winston Graham. 1945/2015. Sourcebooks. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel Joyce. 2012. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. The Daughter of Time. Josephine Tey. 1951/1995. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]  
And in addition, my top five classics read in 2015:
  1. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Mark Twain. 1889. 258 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Miss Marjoribanks. Margaret Oliphant. 1866. 512 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  3. Ayala's Angel. Anthony Trollope. 1881. 631 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Life of Charlotte Bronte. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1857/1975. Penguin Classics. 623 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Notting Hill Mystery. Charles Warren Adams. 1862/2015. Poisoned Pen Press. 284 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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    • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
    • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
    • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
    • dystopias
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    • fantasy
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    • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
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