2015 Recap

The year is coming to an end, so I wanted to do a recap of my reading.  I wanted to read 35 books and only managed a pathetic 18.  Work just got too much in the way for me to read as much as I wanted, but I am glad that I at least managed to read more than one book a month.  My favorite books of the year were The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King, Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas, Positive by Paige Rawl, and Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty.  My least favorite book was Prophecies and the Third World War by Khandakar Shahryer Sultan.  Although I didn’t read as much as normal and fell disappointingly short for my Goodreads goal, I liked the books I did read overall.  I think since I knew I didn’t have much time to read, I was more selective in what I did spend my time on.

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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

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Format read: Hardback

Genre: Memoir

Rating: 6 out of 10

Plot: This book is about a young woman who grew up in a Hasidic family but yearned to be a part of the gentile world.

Opinion: I’m conflicted about this book.  I thought it was an engrossing read, but the author came off as very bitter and it seemed like she had nothing good to say about the environment she grew up in.  Second, I’ve found out that there’s been some questions raised about the author’s veracity, which knowing that she’s writing about an insular group whose active members are unlikely to read this and as a result unlikely to challenge what she’s saying just rubs me the wrong way.

Next book: China Dolls by Lisa See

Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 8 out of 10

Plot: This book is a gypsy family in the years leading up to World War II up to the end of the war.  The family struggled to survive in a world that was increasingly dangerous for gypsies.

Opinion:  Overall I enjoyed this book.  I was deeply engrossed in the story and stayed up late to finish it.  There were some slow parts, but not enough to make me want to put the book down.  I think this is a good book for those who are interested in historical fiction, particularly World War II historical fiction.

Next book: Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman