A Year In Reading – 2015

It’s been a terrific year of reading for me. Last year felt like a jumble of misplaced words and thoughts, after losing my reading list in the birth year of my son. I remember reading Me Before You early last January, in a strange, milky haze of motherhood and misplaced sleep. Beyond that, everything in that year, including my newfound identity of ‘mother’, felt like an interrupted thought, a word at the tip of my tongue that never quite leaked out.

This year felt more solid and whole on the reading front (and many others). I aimed to read a book a week, which is my goal every year. And that seems to work for me. I guess I even surpassed that goal.

I don’t like to list favorites here. Books are so uniquely their own, to stand them up against one another feels wrong. However, I was asked to compile a list of recommended young adult books for Cleaver Magazine and, while I personally hesitate to call it a ‘best of’ anything, it is a list of amazing books that were powerful and meant something to me and each of our awesome reviewers. I link to it here.

I love to list the books I’ve read, to remember where I’ve been and where I ended up in my reading year, in the hopes that you’ll tell me where you were and we can talk about the places we overlapped. I only included books I completed and enjoyed. So this list is made up of a ton of excellent reads and I celebrate all of them. I also linked to the books I offered more thoughts on in my blog or on the Barnes and Noble Kids blog.

I suppose the best thing about this reading year were how many of my amazing friends published incredible books this year and last (highlighted below). And I discovered some new-to-me authors that are probably not new to anyone else whose books I’m thrilled to have finally found: Lauren Groff, Nova Ren Suma, Lucia Berlin, Elana K. Arnold, Celeste Ng, Angela Flournoy, and Marilynne Robinson.

I hope you had a terrific reading year too. And I have more news soon, about a redesign for this ole blog in the new year.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Brunt Rifka

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

The Summer Prince by Alaya Johnson Dawn

Free to Learn by Peter Gray

I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-sook Shin

The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rosetti

The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender

Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

The Professor and the Madmen by Simon Winchester

Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis

Evil Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Neilsen

One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Suart Little by E.B. White

The Penderwicks #1 by Jeanne Birdsall

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

For Real by Alison Cherry

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls by Liz Kessler

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

Smile by Raina Telegmeier

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

M Train by Patti Smith

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Infandous by Elana K. Arnold

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin

My True Love Gave to Me: Stories Edited by Stephanie Perkins

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Stories by Lucia Berlin

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