Best Books So Far In 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

We are a little bit more than halfway through the year already, which is insane to me to be honest. Reading-wise, I'm having quite a great year! I'm on a reading high, and that's the way I like it. I figured I should recognize some of my favorite reads this year so far. Here are the six books I picked.
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  • Ebook from my Kindle: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    What a heart wrenching book. This one was tough to read, but so worth it. It has some incredibly effective storytelling and effortlessly beautiful prose. It also has some of the more memorable characters I've read in a while.
  • The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
    After reading On the Road, I had to read more Kerouac. I really liked this one and it gave me a new sense for adventures.
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    Read my review here.
  • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
    Admittedly I've been working on this one for a few months now, but I only finished it in June. If you are a fan of The Bell Jar and you're intrigued and interested by Plath's life, I definitely recommend this one.
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    Read my review here.
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    Read my review here.
What about you? Tell me your favorite reads so far this year.


16 comments:

  1. I'm very interested in Sylvia Plath but I find that reading her sends me emotionally to the same place she was in and that's not good for me. I hope that you are able to separate yourself from that painful place.

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    1. I get you. Reading The Bell Jar made me feel a bit down, but these journals did not as much. Maybe I emotionally prepared myself for it a little better, but I definitely see what you mean.

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  2. I've been "meaning to read" The Devil in the White City for so long, it's embarrassing. I think the book's been sitting on my shelves for so long, it actually looks worn, like I've read it.

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    1. Haha. Definitely pick it up soon then ;)

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  3. The Nightingale is my favorite book so far this year. I absolutely loved it!

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  4. I loved the audio version of The Devil in the White City... one of my favorites the year I listened. Really need to get to The Nightingale soon, and I'd like to read A Little Life, too, but know I need to choose just the right time.

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    1. I have heard great things about The Devil in the White City in audio format!

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  5. Really interested in A Little Life, will have to pick up a copy soon!

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    1. It's a well-written story; a little difficult to read, but good nonetheless.

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  6. I am looking forward to reading The Nightingale, even more so after reading your review.

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    1. Great to hear that! It's a fantastic story.

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  7. I think A Little Life will end up on a lot of "Best of 2015" lists.

    Devil in the White City was a great read! Have you read his latest book about the Lusitania?

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    1. Yes I have. I really liked it. It's not a favorite, but I still appreciate Larson's non fiction narratives. It's just so good!

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  8. Ooooh, I'd really like to read The Nightingale; I've always been a Hannah fan. I loved, loved, loved The Devil in the White City, as well as his novel before that (can't remember the title!) on the prohibition era; I tried his newest one, but just couldn't get into it. Great list, Jillian!

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    1. Thank you. I highly recommend The Nightingale, especially if you like Hannah. I think it's her best work yet.

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