Last year had its fair share of ups and downs, though I’m trying to remain appreciative of both and learn from any trials that I faced. On the positive side, one of the biggest highlights of the past year—and every year—was my reading list.
The Story of a Soul inspired me at a time when I really needed it. Conversations with Tim O’Brien allowed me to delve deep into the themes and motivations of one of my favorite authors. Though Night Circus could have used more character development, it left me with a yearning for a world of magic that I still feel eight months later. Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen cemented my love of Sarah Addison Allen’s feel-good stories set in North Carolina and have inspired me to try to visit that state sometime in the future.
Now that it’s a new year, I’m excited to add to the 124-page reading log where I record my thoughts and opinions of the books I encounter, whether I read them for pleasure, school, or work. I wanted to share a sampling of the books I’m looking forward to exploring in 2015. A few of them are rereads, but most of them are new to me. Are any of these on your list? I’d really appreciate if you could take a minute to recommend one or two books that you really enjoyed!
My (Incomplete) 2015 Reading List
~The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
~Ulysses by James Joyce
~Crystal Eaters by Shane Jones
~Diary of a Bad Year by J. M. Coatzee
~Postmodern Literature by Ian Gregson
~Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
~Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin
~Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
~Emma by Jane Austen
~Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
~First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
~Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
~Storm Riders by Margaret Weis
~A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
~The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
~Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
~Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
~Lightbringer series by Brent Week
~Fitzgerald and Hemingway: Works and Days by Scott Donaldson
~Restoration by Olaf Olafsson