2015 has been a book lovers dream for reading! I have read so many outstanding books by debut and established authors, I wish I could just spend 24/7/365 reading. During 2015, I’ve read well over two-hundred books and I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. They’re in no particular order. I hope you will leave a comment and tell us what books resonated with you in 2015! It doesn’t matter which genre – just share your favorites – one and all!
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
THE STORY of the LOST CHILD written by the anonymous author Elena Ferrante. Is she a man? A woman? Who cares! The four part Neapolitan series about women’s friendships originally written in Italian, captured the world’s imagination once translated. Our narrator, Lena is a writer who has been competing against and supporting her best friend, Lina since childhood. Both are pregnant and unable to move beyond the brutality and dysfunction of their upbringing, and they will experience loss.
A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
One of the best writers you’ve probably never read. I’ve been reading Lucia Berlin for years now. For those who need a reference, she’s sort of, but not quite like, Lydia Davis. This is a collection of 43 of her 76 published short stories, written before her death in 2004. Her writing will have you stunned at the absolute brilliance of her brevity.
A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara
An American tragedy weaves a narrative among four college friends who move to NYC highlighting their friendship and love for one another, while in search of fame. Nominated for the National Book Award and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, many first comment about its 700+ pages before wishing they’d read it sooner.
HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum
“Anna was a good wife, mostly.” Author, Jill Alexander Essbaum entices readers with this opening line and delivers with her debut novel, HAUSFRAU. Anna is an American ex-pat wife, mother of three living in Switzerland bored with her life. “A lonely woman is a bored woman. Bored women act on impulse.”
THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward
Tackles a timely relevant issue in the headlines today – immigration and American privilege. Alice is trying to adopt a child in Austin, Texas, while 12-year old, Carla is fleeing Honduras for a better life in America. It’s a compelling story about how their lives come together
LOST AND FOUND by Brooke Davis
Readers either understand 7-year old, Millie Bird, or they don’t. LOST AND FOUND is one of those delicious quirky books that readers come across rarely and hope never ends. It’s full of amazing characters that one can’t believe the author actually created and a story that won’t let you put the book down. It’s clever, funny, sad, but at it’s core, it has heart … and 7-year old, Millie Bird.
BLUE GIRL by Laurie Foos
BLUE GIRL is an incredibly strange, yet wildly unique novel about despair. It’s one of the weirdest books I’ve read in a long time, and in this case, that’s a very good thing. Three families find their lives falling apart in the small town of a girl who is blue. I can’t wait to read more of Laurie Foos work and I’m so excited to support Coffee House Press with BLUE GIRL!
I’ve had a peak ahead and 2016 is shaping up to be another incredible year for readers – debut and established authors are once again creating amazing works of wonder for our enjoyment!
Enjoy the Holiday season and wishing everyone a happy, healthy (early) 2016!
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