And the last list until 2017. January. 😉 Once again pulled from Goodreads based on my rating, images from the Googles.
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
I think I read this one for Book Bingo last year. I can’t remeber the exact square but it has a story behind it. When I was in High School, we discussed banned books. This is a local book that takes places on one of the San Juan Islands (fictional but real). It’s a good look on how the asian community was treated after the bombing of WWII. And the internment camps we sent them to. It was an eye opener and I always wanted to read it. The school board banned the book due to the sex scene so the Author himself donated copies. It took me 10 years to finally remeber to read it. XD
Outlander Series by Diana Galbradon
These have been around since the 80s. I strated reading them after being hounded by a friend. It was preshow/latest book release. And I have a soft spot for historical fiction. These are big books. But SO GOOD for the history nerds. Diana writes in a way that isn’t dry and made Kilts fashionable again. The show sparked an up rise in popularity which is also amazing in its own way. I still need to get around to finishing Season 1. Because Jamie:
This is definetly in my top 5 books. Hands down. I cried from the begining as I related to Elanore on such a level that I’ve never done before. I was akward in high school. My living situation wasn’t great, and I had a bus friend that spanned from Elementary school. (Non romantical). We’re still good friends to this day. I can’t recommend Rainbow enough to people.
As You Wish by Cary Elwes
Fans of the Princess Bride need this book in their lives. Then go watch the movie. And laugh and quote it because you’ve only seen it a million times. And your still looking for the 6 Fingered man.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I will never ever ever read this book again. Like The Book Thief, this book will rip your heart out. Stomp on it. Fill it with salt and vinegar. And try to stuff it back in. So why is it in the list then? Because it was one of the most beautiful books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And it touched on hardcore topics like teen depression and suicide. I sobbed for DAYS over Finch. And then you read the exerpt in the back and find out the author experienced this kind of tragedy first hand. So it is real pain. Real tragedy. Real feelz. This book will fuck you up. But it also reminds you to find the small things in life to keep you going. Now go read it.
Agatha H. Girl Genius Series by Phil Foglio
This is the novelization of the steampunk comic. I was prompted by my bestie in Australia to check out Girl Genius and found these and instantly fell in love with Agatha and her crazy spark filled world. I also started reading the comics but I prefer the novelization.
Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde
This is probably one of the most under-read word of mouth series I have ever come across. My book group mentioned it in passing and I finally read The Eyre Affair for summer reading last year and was instantly hooked. Literotechs. The Library. Book detectives. Time travel. Extinct critters. Puns apleanty. Fforde has a way with words that will make you a fan for life.
Jurassic Park by Micheal Crichton
Well, I finally got around to reading it and realizing what all the hype was about. I was a 90s kid with an older brother. Jurassic Park was THE THING in the early 90s. And the book was fantastic. Dinosaur cloning. What could possibly go wrong?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My SO isn’t a reader. *I pause for your startled shocks of dismay* But if he did decide to read, I would shove this book at him and tell him to read it now. Because it combines the 2 greatest introvert activities: reading and gaming. And 80s pop culture references. It was amazing and blew my socks off.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
I can’t stress this series enough. YA fantasy. Heaven vs Hell. Tooth fairy bad ass. Kick ass strong female lead. AND NO LOVE TRIANGLE. IT WAS AWESOME.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Jones Brown
This one was promoted for my library and I read it with Bingo last year. It is a true account about a couple of backwater University of Washington boys and how they took the 1936 Olympic Gold Rowing in Berlin. The Hitler Olympics. (The same year Jessie Owens won on the field). It was an eye opener on how Germany was and the extent Hitler went through to make the Olympics happen. It was also a coming of age and persevering through hard times. Definitely worth the read.
And thus, I’m done until I can make my list for 2016. Happy reading folks!