I’ve been busy. Very busy, but it doesn’t seem that way sometimes. I had a baby 4 weeks ago. I also have a 2.5 year old. So for the last 4 weeks my life has been very stop and start. Sitting and sitting and sitting nursing the baby. Letting him sleep in the only place he wants to be, in my arms. Then rushing to take care of Finn, to play with him, then clean, clean, clean in the small windows of time where I’m actually standing. The newborn phase is hard. The newborn phase with a toddler is beyond exhausting. This was the long way to say, I missed the best of 2015 TTT post a couple of weeks ago. Sorry! I still wanted to share and I’ve even managed to make it before the end of 2015! So without further ado here are my favorites in no particular order.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
“Walk on Earth a Stranger is not for the weak of heart. It’s very action packed and there’s lots of death and heartbreaking situations. It all feels so very real. Probably because it’s so rooted in American history. While this book does have a fantastical element, it isn’t explored very much in this first installment. This book reads more like a historical novel. I’ll be the first to admit that historical is not my favorite genre and this time period wasn’t particularly fascinating to me. Honestly, if this wasn’t written by an author I already love I probably would’ve skipped it. If that’s the case for you as well, I urge you to reconsider. Walk on Earth a Stranger is something special. You don’t want to miss it.”
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
“Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a remarkable book. I hope I’ve conveyed just a small amount of the LOVE I have for it. It will certainly make an appearance on my favorites of the year list. Please, please read it if you haven’t!”
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
“The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith is not a lighthearted story. It’s hard to take in a times. It’s sad, but it’s also a beautiful journey. It’s filled with amazingly realistic teen characters and gorgeous writing. It’s one of my favorite reads of 2015. I’m still thinking about it more than a week later. So, needless to say I will be recommending it to anyone and everyone. Read it!”
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
“I’ve made it pretty clear that The Last Time We Say Goodbye is sad, right? Because it is, but please don’t shy away because of that! I honestly had no idea how the book was going to end but I can think of a more perfect ending. It was uplifting and hopeful but not in a tidy, fake way. I’m so happy how things ended for all the characters.”
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
“The world that Rachel Hartman has created with these books is so unbelievably rich and detailed. I’m in awe just thinking about it again. Shadow Scale was one of those rare books that I forgot I was reading and not living. I mourned the loss of the story when it was over. The writing was beautiful as well. Rachel Hartman is an amazing talent.”
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
“Dumplin’ is very poignant in so many different ways, but mainly on the issue of body image. I loved Willowdean’s confused stance on her own body. That she and others should just accept her they way she was, but at the same time she often felt uncomfortable in her own skin. I think no matter our personal shape and size we can all relate to that.”
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
I didn’t review this one, but it was an incredibly written, captivating read.
For the Record by Charlotte Huang
“For the Record was so very fun! I was in love from the very first chapter. It’s about Chelsea, the main character, landing the lead vocals job with a already established rock band and her adventures and hardships on tour. It’s so easy for a book to come off as silly when it’s about a bunch of famous people but For the Record feels so authentic. Charlotte Huang has some insider knowledge in the music business and it shows.”
Half Bad by Sally Green
“I have always been a fan of witch books. It’s one of the few paranormal sub-genres that I still get excited about. I was really excited about Half Bad by Sally Green from the moment I heard about it and it absolutely did not disappoint.”
11/22/63 by Stephen King
I also didn’t review this one. Holy shit, what a book! I’m super excited about the show.