Happy New Year! 2015 was a year of change and growth for me. While much of it was spent in a not so happy mental state, I definitely arrived in a much happier place by the time the year drew to an end. I am working at a school with a strong sense of community where I feel I can learn and grow as a teacher, and my love of writing is a strong as ever. I am excited about what 2016 has in store for me!
A habit I have kept over the years is to keep a log of the books I have read, and as I was looking over my 2015 reading log, I thought I would share some of my favorites. Just to clarify, these are books I read last, but did not necessarily hit the shelves for the first time in 2015.
Best New (to me!) Author
The His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers was by far one of my favorite discoveries this year. What's not to love about teenage assassin nuns? I devoured this trilogy and can't way to see what Ms. LaFevers writes next!
Best Book for Young Readers
I am a fan of Alice Hoffman in general, but was excited to see she'd written a book for children/tweens. This beautiful story did not disappoint me! It is a story of love and acceptance, and I fell hard for all the quirky characters in this book!
I discovered Sarah Addison Allen when I found Garden Spells in the library a few years ago. I was immediately enchanted by her characters and the town she created. Naturally I was excited to learn a sequel to was coming out that continued the Waverly family story in early 2015. First Frost did not disappoint! Ms. Allen continues to enchant me with everything she writes!
Best Series Fix
Patricia Briggs is one of those authors that leaves me jonesing for a fix between every one of her novels. I've been hooked on both her Mercy Thompson series and the spinoff Alpha and Omega series for a few years now and was ecstatic to get my fix via Dead Heat this year. I have a confession to make. . . I actually like her spinoff series a teensy weensy bit more than the original series, so this fix was especially good for me. Now when's the next one coming out?
Best Standalone Novel
Seeing as I was just gushing over Ms. Allen's work above, it should come as no surprise that in 2015, I made it a point to read every other novel she's written, which was a satisfying reading quest, no doubt, but also has left me with nothing new of hers to read. Of those other novels, I found Lost Lake to be my favorite of her standalone novels. Here's hoping she's hard at work on something new for me to read in 2016!
So those were the best of the books I read in 2015! What's on your list? What are you looking forward to reading in 2016?
Happy Writing (and reading!)
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