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Darcy, I put a timely spin on timeless women’s issues. Learn more, join the conversation on these popular posts, or checkout my upcoming book. Welcome to Modern Mrs Darcy! Check out the while you're here. If you like what you see,, or you can like the MMD facebook page here and receive new posts in your news stream. Thanks for visiting! ) Sure, I ve had dry spells, and I read a lot of not-great books. But I also read a ton of terrific titles this year. Today I m sharing the best-of-the-best: the handful of truly exceptional titles that earned a spot at the top of my list. (Because these were my absolute favorite books of the year, it s no surprise that I talked about 5 of the 7 on What Should I Read Next. I ve included links to the exact spot in the episode where I discussed each title. Click to listen. )Honorable mention: The Trespasser, A Great Reckoning, A Gentleman in Moscow. Next up: nonfiction. These were the three books I couldn t stop thinking about, that I ve already returned to at least once, and that I intend to read again in the future. I really liked Gentleman in Moscow, but did not like Towles Rules of Civility I m with you. I thought the characters in ROC fell apart in the middle. Loved AGIM, as has been pointed out, the Count had the will to joy. Rules of Civility was on my I should have abandoned list this year. I really didn t like it. I ve been hesitant to read A Gentleman in Moscow even though it sounded good. You two have encouraged me. The Orphans of Race Point by Party Francis made it to my all time faves goodreads shelf this year.
I loved, loved, loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Everyone needs a Levi in their life. I m just a YA fan, at 96 years old. The series I read, and gave five stars to, was the Legend series by Marie Lu. The book that I loved so much this year was Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. I laughed, I ugly cried, it was a cathartic read for me. Maybe I loved it so much because of my obsession with my two little dogs, but man, what a book! A Man Called Ove was one of my favorites, too, and I was surprised that it was. But it was beautifully done and such a dear story. I also love love LOVED EBIF. I also took you up on your suggestion to listen to the audio of A Man Called Ove and it has unexpectedly become another favorite! Home Cooking was another great find this year. That book was one of those treasures that you seem to find at the precise moment you need it. I read In the Woods by Tana French a couple of years ago for my book club. Honestly, I thought it was horrible. Mediocre writing, poor characterization, holey and contrived plot that did not engage me. I was surprised it was not a better book because Tana French gets a lot of positive attention. Does French become an exponentially better writer with each book? Should I give her a second chance? Or if I didn t like the first book, are her others a waste of my time? I don t mean this as an explain your choices! Kind of comment, but rather that I am trying to understand the disconnect between what I saw in French s writing and other s appreciation of her work. What do you think? I listened to The Secret Place by Tana French I was not impressed at all. I adore all of Tana French s books (except The Likeness because it was a preposterous plot). For me, it s her characters that drive the book and the way that Ireland itself is a character.
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I also think her writing is divine, the way she leads us into the mystery through the eyes of the detective. I m sorry I know I m not Anne but I just discovered these books this year on Anne s podcast and I devoured the entire series. I thought Secret Place was the best in terms of characterization and plot. I think i just don t do deep. I just didn t enjoy her book. I rarely if ever give up on a book. I did not give up on The Secret Place, but it couldn t finish soon enough for me. I hear you. I put down so many books. I have to be hooked. Ultimately, I m all about reading what we LOVE. Happy holidays and I hope you have many cozy reading days! ! I find that there are many books that I m tempted to put down, but in the end I m glad I haven t. Thank you thank you thank you for recommending it. I knew most of the story already thanks to the tv mini-series when I was a kid and many times since then. The writing was just beyond explanation. It s definitely not my typical genre but it s so beautifully written. I also fell in love with Outlander this year for a different reason. The writing is good but the story is captivating. I actually read it 8 or 9 times and listened to it on Audible twice. I keep going back to it and it s comfortable now. It took me a while to move on to book 7 because I just didn t want to move on. I needed to let all the happenings just sit with me for a while. I did move on and I ve made it through book 9. They are all good in their own way but I have taken a break and will pick up with book 5 sometime in the future.
You convinced me. I just requested both books at the library. This is such a great community on this blog. Thank you for the recommendations! I can t wait to see what you think! Outlander is a bit graphic, just to let you know. Lots of violence, sex, rape (including male) I m pretty sensitive but I was able to manage. I wasn t able to watch the Starz version all the way through, even though I knew what was coming. My favorite is News of the World by Paulette Jiles, I was so fond of the characters that I didn t want the short book to end. Really enjoyed listening to The Boys in the Boat. I had a great reading year too! I loved Station 66, Nightingale, A Great Reckoning and When Breath Becomes Air. I loved the beautiful prose in Peace Like a River. So many it is hard to remember, maybe I will actually keep a list of books I read this year my book journal goes unfilled yet again. I loved My Brilliant Friend and the second in the series by Elena Ferrante. I listened to them while weeding the garden. I discovered Nevil Shute this year and enjoyed several of his books especially Trustee from the Toolroom and Pastoral. I enjoy your podcasts Anne, a great concept to ask people about their favorite books, it s like peeking to see what others read in airports. I read so many excellent books this year but my favorites (all written earlier some much earlier) were Ordinary Grace (stunning), Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter (both by Wendell Berry) and Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Nightingale (although I really am not a Hannah fan typically) was terrific as was A Man Called Ove. I recently finished Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance, so it is fresh in my mind, but I think it is my favorite nonfiction read this year. I binge-read the Inspector Gamache series, my favorite of which is How the Light Gets In I also loved Lisa Jewell s Inside the O Briens and Left Neglected. I liked Britt-Marie Was Here as well.
Another good quirky character from Fredrick Backman. I can t wait to read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She s Sorry I have the audiobook on hold through overdrive I love the sense favorite lists. It s like Christmas discovering all these unopened treasures. I am going to read Station 66 because of the great reviews on your podcast and you have really intrigued me with One In A Million Boy. My favorite books this year were The Children, Lab Girl, and Commonwealth. Everyone Brave is Forgiven is easily in my top list for this year, if I were making a list. I still think about it and am thrilled to hear he has a sequel in the works. And Deep Work is also on that list. I m recommending it all the time and have started to implement some of his ideas. So good. I think I ve churned through over 65 books this year, but very few of them were 5-star books for me. My favorite novels were The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes, which is so different from the Me Before You series, I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh, One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood, and The Forgotten Room a collaboration by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig. Oh, and The Lake House by Kate Morton was also a fantastic book, but Secret Keeper is still my favorite by her. I read a lot more non-fiction this year than I normally do. I really liked Shaken by Tim Tebow, All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth, For the Love by Jen Hatmaker, and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. My daughter (aged 69) and I both read Tiny Beautiful Things at the same time and our discussions about the book really helped me look at hot button issues with a fresh perspective and a new point of view. Biggest disappointments this year were Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Truly Madly Guilty was just boring compared to her previous book, and the plot of Small Great Things was so predictable and the book filled with too many offensive stereotypes. I also tried to listen to the audiobook of A Man Called Ove but I hated it and sadly gave up after about 85 minutes. I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows. I won this book from Publisher s Weekly and unexpectedly found it in my mailbox one day. It s an excellent read. Simple but powerful prose, about a single family whose homestead is set in the early Dust Bowl years, 6989 Oklahoma. A true and truly heartfelt look at the ties that bind, the choices we make, and the inevitable cracks in foundations. Very Steinbeck, which was a lovely discovery as he is one of my favorites. 5 stars!