Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Best Books I Read in 2015

I like lists, especially lists of books.  So here is my list of 
The Best Books I Read in 2015

Cinder and Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

These are brilliant YA science-fictiony takes on classic fairytales  What's so great is that Marissa Meyer stays true to the original tales while putting her own absolutely unique spin on them.  The writing is good, the story absorbing.  I also enjoyed Scarlet, the second book of the series, but not as much as Cinder (#1) and Cress (#3).

Alone; The Classic Polar Adventure  by Richard E Byrd

This is a non-fiction account of a winter spent alone in a research station in Antarctica.  Richard E Byrd, the intrepid explorer, was also a good writer.  I found it intensely interesting, despite a few aspects that dragged a little.  It's a real peak into a life completely different than mine (and probably yours).

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

This juvi urban fantasy charmed me right from the beginning, despite the heavy reliance on coincidence.  Lauren Oliver's style is clean and pure and beautiful in a simple way that looks easy—but isn’t.  The illustrations by Kei Acedera really capture the mood and characters.  It's a magical book, with moments of real emotional depth. 

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Awesome premise.  If you don't know what it's about, get a copy of the book and read it.  You'll be glad you did.  Though the description dragged in the middle, the beginning and end were absolutely engrossing.  And Lord Henry sure had some killer lines.

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