I've read about 74 books this year, but I have narrowed them down to 10 favorites.
The Girl from the Train by Irma Jourbet was my all-time favorite book from this year. I got it from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild. It reminded me of The Book Thief, which was another story I really enjoyed. Here's the link to the review: http://mybookthoughts.over-blog.com/2015/09/bonus-special-the-girl-from-the-train.html
A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade is the third installment in the Porter Brothers series and is probably my favorite so far. I really liked the characters in this story and the themes of healing and unconditional love. Here's a link to my review of it: http://mybookthoughts.over-blog.com/2015/05/a-love-likes-ours.html
Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery is the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series. I really enjoyed this book, as Anne is closer to my own age and therefore much more relatable. It was really nice to read someone else's experiences going into adulthood and further schooling, etc., and I absolutely love her optomistic outlook. And what's not to love about Gilbert Blythe? ;) I don't have a review for these one aside from what I just wrote as I read this book "for fun".
Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys by Lousia May Alcott is the sequel to Little Women. I don't know if it's treason to say so, but I'd say this sequel is just as good...if not better...than the original. I just loved the mischief that the boys would get into! This was one that I read for fun, but I also wrote a review for it, which you can find here: http://mybookthoughts.over-blog.com/article-little-men-125432930.html
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a book that I picked up early this year because I wanted to say that I'd read it. I really liked the characters and the irony of the story, plus I supplemented it with the BBC episodes to help put faces with names. I'd highly recommend both the book and the BBC, and this has sparked an interest in more of Jane Austen's tales. Again, no review for this one...but it's good!
Married 'til Monday by Denise Hunter is the fourth book in the "Chapel Springs Romance" series, and I liked the twist about how the characters had already been married to each other. I thought this was really cute; check out my review for it here: http://mybookthoughts.over-blog.com/article-married-til-monday-125572953.html
How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck is the third installment in the "Royal Weddings" series and is my favorite of the series. It's also a story of two characters married to each other, but this time they fall in love while trying to sign annulment papers. Here's a link to the review I wrote for it: http://mybookthoughts.over-blog.com/article-how-to-catch-a-prince-125548325.html
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. This was another "bucket-list" item that I wanted to read; I read it for school and would listen to the audiobook as I went along. I really enjoyed it, despite the tragedy. The play did have several good poetic sections that I recognized, as well as some good moral lessons. No review for this one either, but I think everyone knows how it goes!
The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection by various authors and published by Barbour publishing. All of these nine novellas were just so adorable and I really enjoyed reading them. Be on the lookout for my full review in the coming weeks.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I'm still not sure what I think about this novel, but when you've read a book like 4 or 5 months ago, and you're still thinking about it, that's probably a sign that it was a good, or at least thought-provoking book. In addition, I read this during a really rough patch I went through this summer, and themes in the book like loving someone while you still have them really struck home. Sometimes...well...mostly, I wait and "withhold" love or affection to others because people have hurt me previously, so I expect to be hurt by others. This book really helped me to see that it can be worth it to love people even if they don't stick around; that loving them while you (and they) still have the time is stronger and more courageous than barricading your heart. I don't agree with a lot of the theology, physical intimacy, and language used in the book, but to have a story illustrate a lesson that powerful, I thought it was worth it. (I just wouldn't necessarily recommend it to younger readers.)
Okay, well, that sums up my year! Top 10 Favorite Books of 2015. If I do say so myself, that's a lot of classics mixed with modern writers, historical fiction and contempory. I think I could work on reading some more nonfiction ones though! I did read nonfiction this year, but none of them were my favorites :). Maybe a biography or something is in order for 2016!
What are some of your favorite reads, this year or just all-time? Let me know in the comments below!
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