Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today, halfway through 2015, we're asked to list favorite reads of the year so far.
Choosing favorites was easy, but as I looked over my list, two things seemed strange. First, many of these books are part of a series, and I usually avoid series. Second, there is a surprising absence of new releases. That isn't because this year's books aren't good, I just haven't been reading them.
This is shaping up to be an unusual reading year.
My Favorite Books of the Year so Far
... listed in the order I read them
They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple
a favorite author
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
A readalong with Care. Not as good as An American Tragedy, but much shorter.
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Second book of the Barsetshire Chronicles, probably my favorite of the year
Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
Third of the Barsetshire Chronicles, I loved everything about this book.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
If you read just one nonfiction title this year, this should be it.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Can't wait to read his latest, Beneath the Bonfire
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
... and I loved the movie, too. Review coming later this week.
The Neopolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
I didn't love the first book, but was consumed by the second and third.
Which books have you loved this year?