As promised, here are my top 5 favorite books of 2015 so far.
sidenote: 1) these are in no particular order. 2) post inspired by gingerreadslainey’s Top 5 Wednesdays. 3) These are books that I’ve given 5 stars (loved it) on Goodreads.
1) The Golem & the Jinni by Helene Wecker
I liked this book so much that I actually WANT it to be turned into a movie because I don’t think my imagination does it justice; I want this book to come to life. “The Golem & the Jinni” centers around Chava (a golem) and Ahmad (a jinni), two magical entitities trying to make it as humans in 1890’s New York City. They cross paths and become friends, but after a tragic night they sever ties. When an ancient evil threatens their existence, they must come together again and decide whether living as their true selves is worth the sacrifice. This book has all of my favorite story elements: historical fiction, magic, culture, a strong female character. If any of these appeal to you too, you must read this book!
2) The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
I know a book is good if it makes me cry. And DAMN did this book make me cry! The story is of Tom & Isabel, a lighthouse keeper on an island off of Australia, and his young wife. Alone on the island, Isabel suffers two miscarriages and a stillbirth. One day, Isabel hears a baby’s cry and discovers a boat having washed up on shore carrying a baby and a dead man. Tom wants to report this discovery (as lighthouse keepers are to report everything that happens) but Isabel convinces him not to and they keep the baby for their own. When they return to mainland Australia after 2 years, they discover that they are not the only ones who must suffer the consequences of their actions.
This is a story of heartbreak, grief, loss, war, prejudice, second chances, and what one man would (and wouldn’t do) for love. All the feels? I had them after reading this book.
3) The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
Alright, so I might be a little bias about this one because the writer is from Missouri, and the book is set in Missouri, but I don’t care! This book was soooo good! You want a page turner? You’ve got one.
16 year old Lucy has lived in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane her whole life, but on account of her mother is still considered an outsider. 18(ish) years ago, Lucy’s mother Lila arrived in Henbane, married one of its most eligble bachelors, and then subsequently disappeared. No one has seen her since. When Lucy’s friend Cheri disappears and is later found to be murdered, Lucy is devestated; but it’s when Lucy discovers Cheri’s necklace on one of her family’s property that Lucy starts to wonder if Cheri’s disappearance and her mother’s are linked somehow. As she starts to investigate both cases, Lucy must decide if it’s worth risking everything.
One thing I really liked about this book is that it was told from multiple point of views. The two main pov’s are Lucy & Lila; but you also get point of views from some of the supporting characters, which I like because you get an outsider’s perspective. This was one of those books where you think you have it figured out and then the author’s like “nope!”. It was just. so. good. (Also, the author is really nice!)
4) The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
If you like YA, magic, Russian-ish settings, a relatable heroine, and a hot bad guy, then this series is for you.
I liked these books because they were fast paced, the mythology was interesting, and the author did a great job of world building. Also, the heroine wasn’t super annoying and the love triangle was fairly plausible (although, still could have done without it, but whatever). Anyway, great trilogy! Pick them up, especially if you plan on reading Six of Crows!
5) Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Biography by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder=my childhood. Can’t have a “Best of” list without her! This book was amazing, even though it took me a month to read it, which is the longest it has taken me to read a book, ever! It was way bigger than I thought it was going to be (it’s coffee table book size), so I pretty much could only read it at home since I didn’t want to lug it with me everywhere. Anyway, if you’re a Laura fan, you will love this book. It gives you the back story into how the whole “Little House” series got started, how Laura and her daughter Rose worked together to get them published, and why it took so long for Pioneer Girl to get published. Reading this book made me want to reread my Little House books and visit all of her homesteads (I’ve only been to the house in Mansfield, MO). The annotations are great because it gives you more details into how Laura and her family lived and the people they knew than just what you get from the Little House books. Definitely a great addition to your Laura collection!
Anyway, these are my faves so far! What are some of your faves of 2015?