2015 in reading

Hello from Canada! 🙂 This will be my last post of 2015. While I have an awkward end of the month work-related deadline, I’m trying to take as much time away from work/the computer as possible now that I am home for Christmas. Other than helping out, I won’t be in the kitchen much either, so expect food-related posts to start back up again in the new year (and I’ll do a big favourites round-up in January). Come January, my work schedule changes and I hope to get back to what has been sorely lacking in my life for the past few months — cooking! You can also expect a travel post early in the new year as H. and I are embarking on a 3400km road trip next week!

I always enjoy sharing my favourite books of the year. As always, this isn’t necessarily books published in 2015, just the ones I happened to read.

Fiction
Empire Falls, by Richard Russo (2002) — Russo is hands-down one of my favourite authors. I’m quite literally pacing myself through his work so that I don’t read everything at once. While not as laugh-out-loud funny as Straight Man, Empire Falls is a humorous and highly perceptive look at small-town life in America.
Sylvanus Now, by Donna Morrissey (2006) — A sparkling Newfoundland tale (the best kind of tale!) that will stay with you a long time after. Morrissey nails the descriptions of 1950s Newfoundland. Brilliant.
Crow Lake, by Mary Lawson (2003) — This is another Canadian author and this story takes place in rural Ontario. Again, the story-telling is magnificent.
Undermajordomo Minor, by Patrick deWitt (2015) — Not my usual ‘type’ of read, but this book was fun, funny, and very engaging.

Nonfiction
No Expenses Spared by Robert Winnett & Gordon Rayner (2010) — I remember the expenses scandal as it unfolded and this book gives the backstory of how that happened as the truth came out of how MPs were abusing their expense accounts. Required reading for anyone interested in politics, power, and the media.
The Shepherd’s Life, by James Rebanks (2015) — I think the reason this book was so successful is because it’s about  practices that many of us are so far removed from and disengaged with. Rebanks brought shepherding and farming back into everyday conversation and I think he did a fantastic job of it.
Hack Attack by Nick Davies (2014) — This should be on everyone’s reading list. Everyone. It is a book about power and the media and corruption and while it’s a hideous story it is a brilliant book.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 🙂

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