When I look over the list, right away I know that the standouts for me have been anything by Liane Moriarty. I can’t tell enough people to read anything by this author and read it now. Also great was Anne Tyler and The Girl On The Train and Jane Smiley’s Some Luck. Fortunately the Jane Smiley book is part one of a trilogy, the second of which is about to come out so I recommend embracing that one. I also recommend Euphoria by Lily King and Colm Toibin, Nora Webster. They are both books with really strong female characters and intriguing stories.
I wouldn’t bother with Us by David Nicholls, and I don’t really recommend it to anyone and that is a disappointment. His previous book, One Day (amazing book, horrible movie – see next post) was a favourite of mine and I was looking forward to what he wrote after that. But the characters in Us are singularly unlikable, a family I didn’t really care about and only wanted the whole thing to be over.
On my list
Still on my list to read in the next couple of months: the new Kazuo Ishiguro book, The Buried Giant, a book called Hausfrau, the new Jane Smiley, the new John Sandford and the new Kate Atkinson book A God in Ruins. That is a follow up to her massive hit Life After Life and includes some of the same characters. It’s currently out in hardcover and seems to be taunting me every time I see it at the store because I haven’t picked it up and bought it yet. But I definitely will be.
How about you? What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
Here’s are my tops reads of 2015:
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
- Us by David Nicholls
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
- An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
- The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
- Some Luck by Jane Smiley
- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
- Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
- A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
- Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
- Her Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
- Euphoria by Lily King
- Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (I know, I know, it’s been around for a while but I just got to it)