Last year was not my heaviest reading year, as many nights I preferred to fall asleep binge watching Midsommer Murders or Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Netflix. But despite my wanderings into the world of foreign murder mystery dramas, I did read some excellent works, the clear standout being the last book I read this past year, All the Light We Cannot See. I think I am still processing Doerr's intensely beautiful poetic prose. The other books that made the year were Book of Hours, which is a collection of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke translated from his native German to English, just so good, so good, so good. My best friend gifted me Rifle Paper Co's edition of the young adult classic, Heidi, and I fell in love with that story all over again. My Mum mailed me the little gem, 84 Charing Cross Road, and I was instantly wrapped up in the correspondence of this English bookstore proprietor and American editor, and ended up in tears. One of my close friends demanded I read Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore and I was more than happy to oblige. Mr. Penumbra is a smart, funny, magical look at the collision of two worlds; high tech and good ol' fashioned paper books. The Shining Girls, The Legacy of Luna, The Alchemist, and Night Train to Lisbon were all from a summer book club where we all submitted titles and pulled them from a jar. I liked parts of all of them, but I didn't love any of them. Night Train was well written and did draw me into its mysterious story. Yes, Please was fun and holds lots of little nuggets of Amy Poehler wisdom, I wanted to kiss her for writing "The legacy of my generation will be that we have truly expanded the idea of what “family” means." And in a perfect little cabin on Lake Superior's North Shore, I was enraptured by Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems, especially Renascence and Tavern.
Edit (1/13/16): I totally forgot to put Flora & Ulysses on this list, and it was one of my favorite books of the year! It was the first Kate DiCamillo book I've read and I was delighted to find her a kindred spirit and brilliant children's lit writer. She even quoted my favorite Rilke poem in this story. You must read it at once. Seal Blubber!
What did you read this year? What were your favorites? What made an impact on your year?
PS. Stay tuned for my 2016 Reading List...