Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Once I started reading this, it was hard for me to put down. It was so funny and surprisingly insightful. I was glad there was a large section about the filming of Gilmore Girls, but even happier that it wasn't only about that.    

 
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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

I thought this book was well written, engaging, and kept me guessing til the end. I also liked that although there were multiple timelines, it never got confusing. But the ending was SO DUMB!

 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I loved this book. The absurd amount of details made it a little challenging to get through. But it was worth it.

 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I'm a sucker for YA chick lit (especially after something as dense as The Goldfinch). I thought this was a perfect, fluffy book to read in a weekend. The movie was pretty good too.

 

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

I really enjoyed the story took place in Nashville. Like The Family Fang, I'm glad I read it, but I have no desire to ever read it again. 

 

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

When I heard Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman were going to write a screenplay for this book, I knew I wanted to read it. Perfect beach read. 

 

The Tao of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards

I still can't tell if Bill Murray is a really great human or a huge egomaniac. Either way, I think it would be fun if he crashed my party. 

 

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline is a YA, fluffy romance novel that kept me intrigued from beginning to end.

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The Girl on the Train BY Paula Hawkins

A real page turner - this story kept me guessing until the end. 

 
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The Great Divorce BY C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is very descriptive, but uses intense language that often requires a re-read to understand the full meaning. I enjoyed the story and the message.

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

This was an incredible story that I found hard to put down. The deeper storyline really stuck with you for days. 

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Eight Hundred Grapes BY Laura Dave

I was incredibly underwhelmed by this book. The plot was incredibly predictable and I never developed a connection with any of the characters.  

 
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All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

The story was absorbing and the writing is beautiful and descriptive. It took me a while to get used to, but I loved how the story flipped back and forth between the 2 main characters and I enjoyed seeing how they developed over the decades the novel is set. 

 

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children BY Ransom Riggs

I enjoyed the plot of this book and really enjoyed all the pictures throughout. It flowed well, but at the end of the book I was not connected enough (with the story or the characters) to read the 2nd book in this series. 

 

The Book of Speculation BY Erika Swyler

The synopsis talked about mermaids and circus performers, but I found it was more about dysfunctional families and tarot cards. The writing style was engaging and enjoyable. I found the ending unsatisfying.

 
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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

The subject matter was interesting and well researched. Aziz did a fantastic job adding humor (although there was lots of cross over between this book and Master of None). I lost interest about halfway through - I felt I already knew a lot of what was said and it became a little boring.

 
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Your heart is a muscle the size of a fist
BY Sunil Yapa

Before reading this book, I knew nothing about the WTO riots in Seattle - which is what kept me engaged the entire book and kept me from caring about any of the characters. I enjoyed Sunil's writing style. It was almost like poetry.

 

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

The entire book was written in the form of emails, letters, and text messages which made it a little hard to read. But it was a perfect airplane read!

 

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

During the majority of the novel, the 2 main characters are searching for their missing parents. But their parents are so flawed that I never connected with them. So I didn't really care if they were ever found.  

 

Little House on the Prairie BY Laura Ingalls Wilder

This is a re-read of a childhood favorite. I loved the story, but found the writing style to be a little too simple. 

 

My True Love Gave to Me BY Various

I really wanted to love these short holiday stories, but found that almost all of them followed the same love plot with minor variations. A bit to YA for me.  

 

A Man Called Ove BY Fredrik Backman

This might be my favorite book of the year. It was such a charming, well written story of despair and hope. It was surprisingly funny and deeply sweet.