She has amazing book taste (she likes ‘em gut-twisty, like we do, but she loves SO many that we haven’t read yet and that are TRIED-AND-TRUE AWESOMENESS!!!) She makes me laugh so hard, and I just find her SO DARN CLEVER with her witty repertoire, her insistence that I read her favorites and why (LOL on her comments!!!!). I wholeheartedly trust her. I just know if she loved it (for whatever reason… I will love it, too).
So guess what her favorites for 2015 are:
“I apologize in advance. This will be long. In no paticular order. And I don’t star, these were just the books I didn’t want to put down until I was done.”
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
“I lift my head. Staring back at me is Dolly. A fat teenage Dolly Parton.
“Oh my God,” says El.”I think you might be my spirit animal.”
Kulti by Mariana Zapata <— “The face mask scene was too sweet. I have to say it was definitely Sal who made the book. Love heroines like this. I kind of wish there had been just a little more time with them at the end. But that’s a tiny thing.”
“‘Hey, you German bratwurst.”
Did that just come out of my mouth?”
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell <— “Just read Carry On by RR and loved it… I usually delete my books off of my ereader after reading. But just realized have not wanted to with Carry On yet. It always takes a few days with her books to not open and read random parts.”
“You saved the day, you courageous fuck. You absolute nightmare.”
I started the year with E&P and have now read all her books. I figured E&P gets chosen a lot.
Vision In Silver: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop
‘This looks like puppy fuzz.’
Before he could give her a scritch behind the ear, she jerked away from his hand and wailed, “I don’t wanna look like puppy fuzz!”
“Why not? Puppies are cute.”‘
Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott. Just that old indie romance feel. <— “There is this tiny scene in that book where he is walking by her desk and skims his finger over hers. I love little moments like that. It is funny how sometimes you remember such tiny scenes.”
Beautiful Bad Man by Ellen O’Connell <— “Beautiful Bad Man, really good too. Love the title. I really do. want to read through her backlist. Not too many.”
“Oh, Mabel, yes, he is. He’s a very bad man, but he’s a beautiful bad man.”
Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel <— “So different than I expected. Lyrical, sad, yet hopeful.”
Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton <— Stayed up all night reading. “Strawberries for Dessert is a slow burn. The physical happens relatively quickly but it takes a while for the feelings… Read it this year and think it would go on my year favorites list.”
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta <— “This book stayed in my head for days after.”
“It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri La.”
Act Like It by Lucy Parker <— “Act Like it was a fun contemporary. Really enjoyed it. … Great banter.”
“A nerve twitched above Richard’s right eyebrow. “Is that blatant insult supposed to make me re-evaluate my life choices?”
She shrugged. “It would make me think twice.”
Who Buries the Dead by CS Harris <— Just love this series.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith <— Read a bit every night for a week. Just had such fun walking around the streets of London with Strike.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“Like the way you can memorize someone’s gestures but never know their thoughts. And the feeling that people are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows.”
Going the Distance by Julianna Keyes. This book just snuck up on me, not sure how else to describe it.
Said be long. And this is edited down.
Last but not least.
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson <— Quirky, sad, and romantic.