This week’s prompt over at Top Ten Tuesday is ‘Top 10 best books I read in 2015’. I love the prompt because it gives me a chance to reflect on the kind of reading I have done in the year that has almost gone by entirely.
Well, in 2015, I haven’t done much reading. The total number of books I have read this year, so far, is much less than what I would usually do in a year. But then, I am not complaining. I have had a lot of other things to do, like bringing up a child, house shifting, travelling, and trying to build up a social life. 🙂 Also, most authors I read this year have been new to me, there haven’t been many repeat authors. All the books I have read this year were chosen because they appealed to me, after a lot of thought. I had limited time to read, so better carefully choose what to read, eh? Consequently, there was much less mindless reading this year, and more of deliberate reading. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have any disappointments, though – I had quite a few!
Without further ado, let me get to the books that I was happy to read in 2015. I liked these books quite a lot, and would love to continue their thread in the coming year as well. Here goes.
I so enjoyed reading this book! Though it was a typical chick-lit formula book, there were a lot of things that elevated it to a very interesting read for me. I loved the warm romance in the book, especially, not to forget the parts about the food and conscientious farming.
This is Sarah Vaughan’s debut book, and what a debut it was! This book had so much going for it – promising writing, realistic characteristics, food, and the backdrop of a cooking competition! This can be called a chick-lit, too, yes, but there were a lot of factors that made this book more than a mere, dumb chick-lit, for me.
This one was historical fiction, and a very likeable one at that. The characters and the setting were charming, and were based on the author’s real-life memories. This was the first Natasha Solomons book that I read, and it is certainly not going to be the last.
I read very few Indian authors and when I do, most of the times, the books fall extremely short on my expectations. This book by an Indian author was different, though. It is a beautifully written travelogue with a very different angle to it – fish, across the various states of India. I loved the way the author has ‘followed fish’ throughout the country! This was the first time I read Samanth Subramanian, and am I glad I did?!
This is another Indian author I read for the first time this year. In fact, this is the book that I started out reading first in 2015. This is a sort of travelogue as well, outlining the author’s experiences as she went about tasting indigenous foods across the states of India. This is a beautifully written book that I absolutely enjoyed.
This one is about a small town in the US of A, a state-funded library that is dying, and a spunky librarian who is willing to do all she can to save it. It is also about the eccentric characters who happen to live in the small town. All in all, it made for a very entertaining read!
This was the first farm memoir I read, and this is the book that got me hooked to the ‘farm memoir’ genre. Written by Kristin Kimball, a journalist who visits a farm for a newspaper story who ended up falling in love with the farmer and the farming life, this one captured my heart. This is a very well-written book that exposed me to what farm life really is all about.
Considering how much I love books that are unique, it was no wonder I fell for this book. The storyline isn’t much, but the presentation of the story makes all the difference. The story is narrated in the form of an auction catalogue – can you beat that?!
I so loved this food memoir! It is so sensitively written, and strongly brings forth the power of food in one’s life, the way food creates associations and memories.
Another book by Chitrita Banerji (author of Eating India) makes it to this list! This one is a foodie memoir, about the author’s growing-up years in Kolkata and the kinds of foods that she grew up eating. It is more personal than Eating India, very well written, and a pleasure to read.
Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts about them?
What were your best books in 2015? Tell me all about them!