Friday, January 8, 2016

Let's Talk Books, Man.

Yep. A strikingly similar title to the 2015 book post, 2015: Let's Talk Books. But what can I say? I heart Talk Soup turned into The Soup.

This was my jumping off point for 2015:

It was filled with promise. Ambition. So carefully plotted to make me feel as though I was a well-rounded reader. This is what I really read:

1. Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas: The second Veronica Mars book. It was devoured in one day and it was awesome.

2. My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell: This was a great saint book for me. I still have a difficult time relating to at least one of the saints she talked about, but it was a good reminder that we are on a journey here that changes.

3. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler: I can't help it. Comedienne memoirs are my kryptonite. She's funny and sad and truthful all at once. It was a great read.

4. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: It took some time for me to get into a rhythm with his writing style, but it was a solid book. I may have had a post or two bringing up some parts that spoke to me. (If there are links in this short review, then I found them!)

5. A Monk Swimming by Malachy McCourt: I love the McCourts. Many reviewers don't seem to like his style, and feel he's just dropping names and bragging. He just seems like a grandiose story teller to me. Different than Frank, but you still get the bittersweet stories.

6. Brothers on Life: Matt Czuchry: I apologize for my #teamlogan state of being. I watch The Good Wife because of Czuchry and I was interested to read something aside from chapter after chapter. I'm not a poetry buff, but he wrote this with his brother and it was a sweet record of moments in their lives.

7. The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea by Paul Ryan: Stop. I know. I have never once in my life picked up a book by a politician. I don't know why I chose Ryan's, but it was a good read if you look past all the absurd jargon. I used to really love talking politics and getting really involved, but at this point there are so few politicians worthy of their position. I like Ryan. I think he tries hard to do the right thing and is open to being told when he is wrong, which is more than I can say for myself at times. I'll shut up now.

8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: Another bittersweet memoir. Solid writing, and I always appreciate it when a writer can take the tragic and turn it into a chuckle or two with dry wit.

9. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan: HOLY COW. This was quite the read. A mom of ten kids with an alcoholic husband supports her family mostly by winning jingle contests.

10. Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachael Dratch: This was a bit more serious than I had anticipated, but SNL female alum? I'm sold. She's gold.

11. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: I love this woman. Reading her books is like reading an email from a friend. She is why I stress about not having Hulu because I have missed this entire season of her show. (I swear I have a life outside of TV.)

12. A Couple of Blaguards by Malachy and Frank McCourt: This was a play the two brothers wrote together. I'd love to see it, but since I was one of THREE people on Goodreads to read it this year, that isn't likely.

13. A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy byThomas Buergenthal : This might be my favorite book on the subject. It was a powerful read, with a lovely surprise at the end and everyone should go read this.

14. The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch: This is one I will have to read again to really absorb. There is a different story about an American Catholic for every day of the year and I can remember only vague details, so it's a reread.

15. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I was incredibly proud of myself for finishing this 1200+ page book in the last few days of the year. It was a riveting story, and the ending was fitting, but I had the movie playing in my head and there is so much more to this book than the movie and the (spoiler) fake ending in the movie.

That was my year in books. There were a few that I started to read and could not finish or really get into right then. I have some classics I will try again for this year. Come back on Monday to see what I having going for 2016!

What was your favorite read of 2015?

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