My Year in Reading

This year I simultaneously fell behind on this blog and started using GoodReads. I resolve to get caught up here this winter. Due to that I had a hard time this year counting exactly how many titles I read, but I believe it was 75–not bad!  That does not count all the audiobooks we listened to-this was the year we enjoyed listening to children’s stories in the car.  I loved the Beverly Clear books narrated by Stockard Channing and also by Neil Patrick Harris.  As for myself? Top reads were All Clear by Connie Willis, I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan, Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, Cleaning Nabokov’s House by Leslie Daniels, and The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.

All Clear by Connie Willis

Picking up immediately after Blackout (and with no background, so don’t bother reading if you didn’t read the first-this is clearly one long story just split into two books)the time travelers spend most of this book trying to find a way back to 2060 Oxford, all the while trying to survive everyday life of World War II in Englang. This was amazing historical fiction-so detailed and I don’t doubt the authenticity of it at all. It really was frightening and inspiring to see how people got through-some of the best historical fiction I’ve ever read! The ending did get a bit convoluted as you try to wrap your head around the time travel aspect, and I think she threw in a something on literally the last half a page that I am not at all certain I understand.