The best books I read in this year
Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a little not sewing post and talking about reading instead. I read 95 books this year, just shy of the 100 book goal I had. If you want to see all the books, here’s my Pinterest board of them. I know, there’s Good Reads, but I just can’t get into that no matter how I’ve tried. I don’t want to think about star ratings of books I’ve read or even worse – written reviews of every book I read. I know many people love it, but it is not for me.
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So, in no particular order, here are my favorite 5 with affiliate links (on which I earn a tiny commission) in case you want to buy any of them:
- A Very Large Expanse of Sea I’ve read Tahereh Mafi’s supernatural YA series Shatter Me, and this realistic fiction book shares the fervent coming of age emotion of that series but improves with well-rounded and relatable characters in the post 9/11 United States.
- Daisy Jones & the Six Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book follows the formation and dissolution of a rock band. It’s told through interviews with the characters, and I enjoyed that writing style. There was also a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming but enjoyed.
- City of Girls I’m a sucker for anything by Elizabeth Gilbert, including this well written historical fiction. The picture she paints of New York makes me want to visit (and if you know me, you’d know big cities are not my jam) and the theatre, sewing and costuming in the plot were all sweet bonuses for me.
- The Library Book Susan Orlean makes the mundane fascinating, and this book is a great one for book lovers. Who knew the inner workings of libraries and one particular library fire she focuses on could be so intriguing?
- Maid more than other books I’ve read on pulling oneself up by the bootstraps, Stephanie Land’s book illuminates some of the societal divisions and inequity that seem to only be increasing at the moment.
There were so many great books I read this year (check out my board) so I had a hard time choosing, but also one of the reasons I don’t like Good Reads is because I don’t want to write reviews of every book I read 🙂 I don’t even want to contemplate what star ranking to give something – I just want an easy visual list I can look back on. So limiting this post to 5 books worked well for me. Happy New Year!