Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2015 and am thankful for.
(These are in no particular order. Putting them in order would take a very long time to do.)
- The Big Over Easy, by Jasper Fforde:
I’d never heard of the author before I got a chance to talk to him at a conference in October (post coming on that conference…). He was really nice and the premises he said he went off of in his books sounded cool, (Nursery Crimes) so I got a few from the library. This one takes the cake for the most unpredictable book I’ve ever read. In an extremely good way. I laughed a lot of times as well and the book was very clever in its interweaving of nursery rhymes and fairy tale characters.
One gripe was that the language wasn’t… the cleanest? I wouldn’t hand it to my little siblings without a second thought. But I enjoyed it immensely.
- Storybound, by Marissa Burt:
The current family read aloud and an utterly awesome story. Seriously, the concepts… and the plot twists… and the characters… it’s just great. It’s also a colossal distraction from writing, but I’m managing. 😉
- Structuring Your Novel, by K.M. Weiland:
This book helped me immensely with the outlining of my current WIP. Lots of great stuff in here and I’ll definitely be using it again for future books. 🙂
- The Books of the Infinite, by R.J. Larson:
I did a review on these ones. It’s always awesome to find another good christian series. And these ones were very good.
- The Peleg Chronicles, by Matthew Christian Harding:
Still my favorite series. It’s funny, strong christian and the characters are really diverse and awesome. 🙂 I still love it to bits and am waiting… trying not to be too impatient… for the next book.
There’s also a book plan of mine in the works that’s set in the same post-babel dispersion world…
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors (including me!) banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There’s literally something for everyone.
Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.
What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?