Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year-end Update: Must Read in 2015

Where, oh where did 2015 go?

The thing I dislike the most about aging is how quickly time flies. How I wish I could make time s-l-o-w down!

A whole year has passed since I joined Carrie from There Is A Book For That, and others in composing my 2015 Must Read list. And, while I am currently away on vacation, and feel the need to do vacation activities, it's time for a year-end update.

On January 1 my Must Read list looked like this:

By July 2 I had 5 titles remaining:  Baseball Is ...,Grandfather Gandhi, If I Stay, The Summer of Letting Go, and The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.

Baseball Is ...
A wonderful nonfiction picture book for the baseball fan. Despite the American bent, we had a lot of fun with this one as Canada's team found itself playing ball in October this year. (Go Jays Go!) Lots of facts. Beautiful illustrations.

Grandfather Gandhi
I waited a long time for this one. And it didn't disappoint. I'm not sure what moved me the most: the story itself, or the story of how the book came to be written. Inspirational.

If I Stay
I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one. Too much hype perhaps? Not sure. I certainly didn't bother with the sequel.

The Summer of Letting Go
Has become one of my go-to recommendations. Even better than The Pull of Gravity. Sweet and touching. A must-read.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
One of my favourite reads of 2015. In many ways it reminded me of Eleanor and Park, with those very real characters - the ones you don't expect to see in the starring roles. Read this one.

15 titles chosen for this list. 15 titles read. A mix of genres. Brown Girl Dreaming and Ordinary Grace probably affected me the most. But overall, so much good reading.

I can't wait to see what 2016 brings.