March is National Reading Month. How do I know this? Amazon told me. They are also running a promo where you can get a kindle $20 off. This is brilliant marketing because I almost bought one (but my household already has 3).
The point here is less that you should get a kindle and more that it’s National Reading Month to promote and encourage reading. Also, I hate to shamelessly plug for Amazon but they have a lot of deals for the month.
I have loved reading for as long as I can remember and I regularly update my GoodReads account with what I’m reading and what I want to read. My want to read list is actually pretty useless at this point because it’s huge. I wish I could take a year off to just read all the books.
I also have a pinterest page devoted to lists of books to read in my lifetime. Equally daunting as the GoodReads list and my Amazon booklist. I’m actually doing a 52 book challenge this year and am even a little ahead right now.
But I digress. In honor of National Reading Month I thought I’d share what my favorite reads of the last year were. I’d love to hear what yours were too!
- It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
This is a memoir of a girl who is over weight, loses the weight and kind of loses her mind. She then finds herself. It was pretty inspiring for me.
- Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness
These broke my heart but also got my blood boiling. Do not read and then attempt to sleep. It won’t work.
- Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
This is not for the faint at heart. It is violent and heart wrenching but so satisfying in the end.
- Anything & everything by Tana French
This woman knows how to write a murder mystery. I couldn’t put any of her books down.
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
I loved how Diane wove all the different story lines together. It was so fascinating to see how all of the lives intertwined.
- I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith
This was hands down my favorite book of the year. I should’ve put this at the top of the list but I pulled these chronologically from my reading list. I want to re-read it every time I see the cover. Just thinking about it makes me want to pick it back up.
- Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series by Laini Taylor
I actually read the first two before but the third one came out last year so I re-read them all. These books are great because they’re an engaging young adult scifi that deals with some pretty deep topics all the while keeping you moving through the story.
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
This is a memoir is both laugh out loud hilarious and totally messed up horrific. It broke my heart and then cracked a joke.
- Anything & everything by Gail Carriger
I know this is cheating to do it twice but Gail writes such entertaining steampunk. I just love everything she does. Plus, I follow her on Twitter & she’s pretty awesome there too. I read the Finishing School series this year but the Parasol Protectorate is also awesome.
- All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
Behind I Am Livia, these are my next favorite reads. They’re fantasy but they’re smart. I really found myself attached to the characters and I could believe they were real, even though I’m not a big witch/vampire fan normall.
Last year I had a lot of series I read which is odd because I actually prefer to not have a series. Having said that, I’m just starting the Harry Potter books now (yes, I realize I’m like a decade behind). This year I hope to spend more time reading historical novels, memoirs and books on more current events. Plus I plan on reading every free book Amazon will throw at me.
What were your favorite reads last year? What are your reading goals for this year?