Okay folks, starting 2015 off with some fantastic reading! I went on a beach vacay with my momma and we spent the entire time beaching it and reading (my favorite kind of vacation)! I read quite a few books during this time and most of them were fantastic. Here's a quick rundown:
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - this was one of those books that's been sitting on my TBR forever and I FINALLY got around to it! So glad I did - what a fascinating woman-centered look at a well-known Old Testament family. 4.5/5 stars.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - what a unique dystopian literary fiction novel. The book jumps between the past and the present illustrating the differences between society before and after the Georgia Flu. Fascinating characters and imagining of a desolate American landscape. 4.5/5
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Gorgeous! I absolutely loved this book - great characterization, lovely prose, unique take on WWII, etc. Definitely read this if you haven't done so already! 5/5 stars
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen - y'all know I love me some SAA so I was really excited to read her latest - and it didn't disappoint! This book is actually a sequel of sorts to her popular Garden Spells. It was fantastic to get involved with the Waverley family again. This novel was all that readers expect from SAA: cozy, Southern, foodie, magical realism goodness! 4/5 stars
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - this book is being called the new "Gone Girl" so I thought I'd give it a try and it was great! Gotta love a good unreliable narrator thriller :) 4/5 stars
Paper Towns by John Green - such a fun book and I wanted to read it before the film comes out. Loved the cast of characters and I think it could actually make a good movie too! 4/5 stars
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng - this was actually my least favorite of all of my reads. It could be because I wasn't a fan of the characters (especially the parents) - as often that will cloud my opinion. Unfortunately, it just didn't live up to the hype for me. 3/5 stars.
Aaand, I am partway through another book but as I'm still not finished I'll leave it off the list. Phew! Lots of reading! Anyone have any beach vacations coming up? If so, what books do you plan to bring along?