So thanks to Goodreads and reading challenges, I have realized two things: I don’t read as fast as you people! and the older you get the harder it is to find time to read books. Seriously! I am shocked by how many people’s reading updates include over 10 books per month. I was struggling with one book each month. This year was also the year I’ve traveled the least since probably 2009, and I read a lot on vacations. So there’s my terrible excuses for the year.I’ll start by recapping my Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
I think a lot of people did read this book. Did you? I loved the mystery, the dark humor, and how relatable the main character, Bee was.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I’m a bit of a sucker for fantasy books. This book was just the right amount of fantasy without making me struggle to keep up. I loved how it was a romance told in an alternative way. This book kept me wanting more even after I finished it.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Are you a fan of dogs? Then read this book. It’s cute, quirky, and fun. The best part is that it’s told by the perspective of a dog. I typically try to stay away from dog books/movies because I expect at the end that most likely the dog will pass away, but this one has a great, uplifting, happy ending.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
I’m not a huge fan of autobiographies/manifestos but I wanted to read this because of how young Sophia is with such great success. She teaches you how to apply lessons that she’s learned into any situation and gives you no bullshit about hard work, either.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The character building in this book were astounding. I felt like I was part of Jane/Celeste and Madeline’s life, too. It tackles important issues in a way that was entertaining and well-written.
Wicked by Gregory MacGuire
Again, a fantasy sucker. I’ve read this years and years after it first came out, but I’m actually glad I waited to read it. There are so many adult issues and complexities in the book that I probably wouldn’t have grasped if I read it in when it first came out. It definitely starts off slow and is a bit longer, but all the details are worth diving into Wicked headfirst.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
What books did you read this year that you couldn’t put down? P.S. Be friends with me on Goodreads!