Fifty seems like such a huge number but when I looked through my list of books read last year, whittling it down was brutal! There were so many amazing titles published in 2015 and I was able to read a whole bunch of them thanks to my recent attempts to limit my television time….possibly a case of trading one vice for another?
Hopefully we will have a lot of people attend our “Best Books of 2015” event next week as we share our favorites. With this post, I decided to give you my top five 2015 books that did not make it to my list of 20 I get to share at the program. These books were very enjoyable and just barely missed the cut.
THE SECRET CHORD
By Geraldine Brooks
As with all Brooks’ novels, this is a richly detailed piece of historical fiction which presents a unique twist on events or people already familiar. THE SECRET CHORD tells of King David’s rise to power and subsequent fall from grace. While I enjoyed the novel, I did not love it as much as I have some of the author’s previous works such as YEAR OF WONDERS and PEOPLE OF THE BOOK (which I recommend frequently).
THE OTHER DAUGHTER
By Lauren Willig
Another favorite author of mine, Willig writes mainly historical romances. Her PINK CARNATION series first caught my attention years ago. However, she also writes stand-alone novels that I look forward to reading. They are light and fast-paced with fun, relatable characters. THE OTHER DAUGHTER tells the story of Rachel Woodley, the illegitimate daughter of an English Earl, and her attempts to confront her father with his abandonment of her and her mother.
THE PRECIOUS ONE
By Marisa De los Santos
THE PRECIOUS ONE is also a book about a daughter looking to come to terms with her father’s abandonment. Taisy hasn’t been in contact with her father in over a decade, so when he calls her and asks for her help in writing his memoir she reluctantly agrees. The story is told with alternating narratives between Taisy and Willow, Taisy’s teenaged half-sister who seems to have all the love and attention Taisy’s father was never able to give her. A great novel about family and forgiveness.
NEUROTRIBES: THE LEGACY OF AUTISM AND THE FUTURE OF NEURODIVERSITY
By Steve Silberman
This is a groundbreaking book about the history and future of autism. What I really admired about this book was the author’s ability to present the science and history of the topic in a very personal and conversational manner. He tells of people and their stories which made it a riveting read.
NATURAL BORN HEROES: HOW A DARING BAND OF MISFITS MASTERED THE LOST SECRETS OF STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE
By Christopher McDougall
McDougall is best known for writing BORN TO RUN which seemed to start an entire movement of barefoot running. In this new book he searches other areas of history to find the secrets to history’s greatest heroes and athletes. With a bit of World War II history, a fascinating look at the island of Crete, and inspirational stories of amazing physical abilities, this is a great choice for armchair athletes like me.
Please join us next week for even more recommendations from 2015! Plus, there will be cupcakes. Come for the books, stay for the cupcakes.