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I read many, many books this year. Some were to review on the blogs that I write for. Some were to read ahead of Bookworm reading them. Many were just for my own personal enjoyment.
I reviewed a portion of those books, 18 to be exact, on this blog. I thought it would be fun to look back on my favorite book for the year, but I found that I couldn’t narrow it down to just one. Instead, I came up with my favorite four books that I read this year, two fiction and two non-fiction.
I had two books that I read that simply gripped me:
11/22/63 by Stephen King
This book is ginormous. I wanted to read 11/22/63 a year or so ago, but I was intimidated by the size. This year, I sat down to read it and couldn’t stop reading. The book asks the interesting question, “What if you could change the past? Should you? Would you want to?” It follows the story of Jake Epping who finds himself on a mission to return to the past and stop the JFK assassination.
I simply loved this book, especially the bittersweet ending.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I can’t believe I didn’t review this book on the blog. All the Light We Cannot See is excellent! The story follows a young German soldier during WWII as well as a blind French girl who leaves Paris with her father for the relative security of the French countryside after the Germans invade. Eventually their paths intertwine with unexpected results.
This story is simply beautiful, and after I finished the book, I found myself sad that it ended. I so wanted to read more about them (and change the ending of the story!).
Undocumented by Dan-el Padilla
Dan-el Padilla is brought to this country with his parents when he is only five years old. His mother has another baby while here, and his parents eventually split up. Dan-el is left in the United States with his mother and baby brother. Unfortunately, their visas had expired by that time, so they became undocumented.
Dan-el’s story, as told in Undocumented, is both about how difficult life can be for someone in the United States who does not have proper papers and about a young man who succeeds in ways that most of us can never imagine, despite his difficult childhood and situation.
The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
Years ago, I read Jon Krakauer’s story, Into the Wild, about Chris McCandless, a young man from a well-to-do family who cut all ties and went on the adventure of a lifetime. As it turns out, an adventure he did not return from. Chris’ body was found in an abandoned bus in Alaska more than 2.5 years after he started his adventure.
Though Krakauer gave some hints as to why McCandless would head out on such adventure and cut ties with his family, many readers were left wanting to know more. His sister, Carine McCandless, fills in the blanks in her book, The Wild Truth.
If you enjoyed Into the Wild, you’ll want to read The Wild Truth to learn the full story.
While I enjoyed most of the books I read this year, these were, hands down, the ones I enjoyed the most.
What books did you read this year that really touched you? Please leave a comment. I’d love to add suggested books to my reading list, as I’m sure other readers would, too.