This is another one of those posts where I reflect on some of the things that I accomplished this year. In my last post I reflected on my top 5 posts of the year and discussed what about each post made it appealing to my readers. Today, I want to take a look back at all of the books I read in 2015, most of which I already reviewed here on the blog.
Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
David by Beth Moore
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland
Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
To read any of my reviews of these books check out my Book Category on the blog.
Just a couple of days ago I finished my last book of 2015, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.
This book is set in modern day Botswana. Immediately I fell in love with the African setting. I don’t often choose books about Africa. It’s relatively unfamiliar territory to me, but I found myself really beginning to appreciate the land and way of life as described in this book.
Precious Ramotswe is the protagonist of this story. She is a highly intelligent and well-educated woman who decides to use her inheritance to establish the first ever female detective agency due to her desire to help people.
This book is fabulously written and the author does a spendid job at introducing the backstory of each of the characters.
Throughout the book Mma. Ramotswe begins to have some high profile customers and cases and becomes a very successful detective. As a reader I enjoyed the way that each chapter contained a case as it helped to establish a quick pace to the book.
Toward the end, I would have liked a little more explanation about why Mma. Ramotswe makes certain decisions, but I guess that’s why Alexander McCall Smith decided to create a series off of this story line.
I would definitely read another book from this series because a reunion with the unique and beautiful setting and with the wonderful cast of characters would be ideal after the way that this book ends.
In 2016 I will be hosting and taking part in a 24 Book Challenge to widen my exposure to literature both new and old. I would love if you would take that challenge along with me. Please take a look at my post, 24 Book Challenge, for more details and consider being a part of a community of readers who are striving to read their way through the new year.
Happy New Year!
The Ameri Brit Mom