This past year I read a lot of amazing books. In total, based on what I wrote on this blog (see similar previous posts) I read about 39 books in 2015. Each had something unique to offer but I definitely liked some more than others. Regardless, I am so very glad I made time to fit in time for reading. If someone every asks me for a recommendation, I will have lots of suggestions. Below are the last bunch I read before 2015 wrapped up.
Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman by Minka Pradelski- This novel is about a woman who travels to Tel Aviv to pick up an inheritance and meets Mrs. Kugelman. Mrs. Kugelman shares all her memories about her Polish town before WW2 and there is a surprising connection.
Girl at War by Sara Novic-This novel is about a young Croatian girl who loses her parents in the war when she is about 10 years old.
Pnin by Vladmir Nabakov-This novel is about a Russian professor at a small college and his life during this years teaching. I felt sorry for this guy.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini-This novel is written from the perspective of a woman who was a slave but bought her own freedom and moved to Washington DC where she became a dressmaker to many famous women but also Mrs. Mary Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln is a bit of a nightmare.
Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr- A half Japanese girl moves in with her white grandparents in small town America during the 1970’s and deals with all kinds of racism-but basks in her grandpa’s love. Things change quite a bit when a black couple move into town which upsets everyone including the girls beloved grandpa. An enjoyable book.
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shaffak-This book is about a woman in a dull dry marriage who reads a mystical book and connects with the author-and shakes up her whole life. At the same time the novel within the novel is very interesting as it showcases the relationship between a sufi named Shams of Tabriz and the famous poet Rumi. The 40 rules of love are incorporated within the novel.
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro-This book is also about a woman in a not so great marriage who is suddenly told she has inherited something in Paris from someone she had never heard of. She goes there and learns all about her past which shakes up her whole life. I enjoyed this fun book which traveled between times to tell the tales of various characters.
My Mother’s Secret by J.L. Witterick-This short novel I read in an hour on an airplane and it was a delight to read. It follows several people in a Polish town during WW2 and is based on a true story. In it, a woman and her daughter hide several Jewish families and 1 German soldier at their home saving their lives. Of the 30 Jews in the town that survived, 15 were saved by this woman.
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler-This novel is about a 3 generations or so in a family. There are various interesting characters in it and relateable situations and sentiments.
His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay-This novel is about a young boy growing up with unhappily married parents and time spent at the mother’s summer cottage in Canada. Much of the story focuses on the mother and her relationship with a female friend. Was not the biggest fan of this book.