Fifty reads again this year! One hundred books over the last two years. :) I love it but I'm curious. Am I reading more? There's no way to really tell because I wasn't keeping track before. And if I am reading more, is it because I have a goal of 50 or because I'm keeping track of what I read? Next year I think I'm going to just track my reading and not set a goal. Let's just see what happens!
To finish up the 50 books I've been reading/poring over Brain Pickings selections for best art book of 2015. These are two of those. Wild Family is a children's book. I liked it. Clara liked it. I think we read it four times in a row and then we picked out our favorite page spread. (We almost agreed!)
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future is a book that kind of defies categories. Brain Pickings describes it as part encyclopedia, part almanac but that doesn't really describe it either, and Maria admits that. When I think of encyclopedia or almanac I think of facts and figures where as this book tells stories and they are interesting, amazing, quirky stories about weather. It's over 200 pages and I thought it was so cool.
This year I became a huge fan of Atul Gwande and read three of his books. I would recommend reading anything he writes. Last year my big love was memoirs but I didn't read as many of those this year. I did become a bigger fan of graphic books and read several that were pretty much graphic memoirs.
My recommendations are the first book listed in each category. I kind of cheated in the non-fiction category and listed all three of the Atul Gwande books that I read but I don't know that I could pick one above another. Just pick the one that sounds good to you. Overall I think THE best book I read in 2015 was Bettyville. I laughed. I cried. It's set in Missouri which made it really fun for me. My runner up is Denton Little's Deathdate. It's such a creative premise and laugh out loud funny. It reminded me of an 80's comedy like Sixteen Candles.
Ok, so what was THE best book you read in 2015?