Happy Thanksgiving! It’s gift-giving season, so I’m thinking about the books I want to put on my wish list. In November I saw a number of best of 2015 lists, and I’ve only read a few of the books on these lists. So I’m curious which of these books, if you read them, were worth the read?
- The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- Missoula by Jon Krakauer
- Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
- A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
- The Shore by Sara Taylor
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I’ll do a best-of-year post in December, but two of my favorite new releases this year were Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Also good were Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt, The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi, Girl at War by Sara Novic, The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher, and Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling.
And just so you don’t think I’m all about receiving books this holiday season, keep an eye out for some December book giveaways! Also, I wanted to share a great promotion called Give A Book. For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook and Twitter before December 25, Penguin Random House will donate a book to First Book. You can tweet about giving a book to friends, family, or donating to a local book drive. The website has a “giving map” where you can find local book drives, although I wasn’t able to pull up anything in my area. Check it out, and give a book this holiday season!