According to Goodreads I have read around 33 books this year. Looking back through the list I thought it would be fun to highlight on this blog my favorite books of the year. They were eight books that I gave 5 star ratings to on Goodreads. It is an interesting list of titles. Among them are four books written by men and four by women. There are also four indie published titles and four traditionally published by major publishing houses. I didn’t plan it this way. It’s just how it worked out. So here’s the list in the order I read them with links to my reviews on Goodreads.
David Nichols – Starter for Ten – This book (a present from my good friend, Larry) is a nostalgia book for me. I grew up watching University Challenge with my mother and was in college in the early 80s just like the lead character. I loved (and also recommend) Nichols’ One Day to everyone. This one, however, will resonate best with those of my generation who grew up in England.
Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl – This was a feel-good for me this year. I particularly love that Rowell wrote this originally as a NaNoWriMo project. My daughter writes a lot of fanfiction, so I’m familiar with the world of fanfics and really enjoyed the characters and the story here.
Neil Gaiman – American Gods – Adored this book. Neil Gaiman could write a grocery list and I would read it.
Dawn Hawkins – Danny’s Grace – Hawkins touches on some tough subjects in her debut novel about an aging rock star recovering from addiction and abuse. Another indie author that needs more attention.
Fiona Skye – Taming Shadows – This was probably the most fun I had reading a book this year and I anxiously await the next part in this series.
Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere – One of those book that I had serious withdrawal symptoms from after I finished, not willing to leave its world. Growing up in London, I was tickled by Gaiman’s alternate underground system and still worry about those shepherds in Shepherd’s Bush!
Rebecca Jaycox – The Other Inheritance – I picked up this book from the author at her St. Louis book signing. I was anxious to read it and not disappointed.
So there you go – the eight best books I read this year – Happy New Year everyone – Here’s to another year of great stories!