Favourite Reads of 2015: Kristen

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Kristens Top Ten Reads of 2015I’ve known Kristen for the longest time and have had the pleasure of working with her at two schools now. I have a sneaking suspicioun that she thinks I am utterly mad and OTT, but she tolerates me and laughs along with (and sometimes at me). Jackie (#bestteachingpartnerever) and I are the stark raving mad part of the operation and she is the calm, organised and considered part – works well! Pretty much every year, Jackie and I gift her new notebooks in which to write her gorgeous lists. I’ve tried so many times to write lists like Kristen, but mine never look like hers – with dot points and neat lines through completed tasks. I aspire to be like her in so many ways, and her list making is legendary – one day I will have notebooks with lists like Kristen’s.

Kristen is a voracious reader and I follow her on Goodreads as I know that if I am ever stuck for an adult or YA read…she will have the books I should read. In fact, some of the best books I’ve read in the last five years have come from Kristen’s Goodreads.

So here is it…consider this your adult Summer reading SORTED.
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‘The Eye of the Sheep’ by Sofie Laguna

‘The Strays’ by Emily Bitto

‘Stay With Me’ by Maureen Mcarthy

‘The Boston Girl’ by Anita Diamant

‘Inside the O’Briens’ by Lisa Genova

‘Bad Behaviour’ by Rebecca Starford

‘A Spool of Blue Thread’ by Anne Tyler

‘The Golden Age’ by Joan London

‘Holding the Man’ by Timothy Conigrave

…and over the Summer holidays Kristen is intending to read (and she will read them and cross them off her list 🙂 )

‘The Secret Chord’ by Geraldine Brooks

‘The Natural Way of Things’ by Charlotte Wood

‘The Green Road’ by Anne Enright

‘Swimming Home’ by Mary Rose McColl

‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara

Thanks Kristen!

See also:

Ang’s Favourite Reads of 2015

Trisha’s Favourite Reads of 2015

Clare’s Favourite Reads of 2015

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  1. An interesting collection of summer reads from Kristen! I very much enjoy Kristen’s recommendations as her taste is different from mine so there’s always something new to discover. The only book I’ve read (or even heard of! Oh dear) from her list is A Spool of Blue Thread. I picked it up as a summer read and I’m sorry to say that I thought it was terrible! I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. In my opinion it joins the ranks of The Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett, which I could barely finish either earlier this year. Does that make me a complete Philistine? Perhaps I missed the point completely, but I thought they were really bland. Anyway, I ended up swapping ASOBT for one of my beloved Philippa Gregory novels, so all is well again! (I think I must have been a courtier in a previous life or something.) The Boston Girl looks like my kind of book, though, and I’ll be adding it to my to-read list for early next year. Thanks Kristen and Megan! So many books, so little time… 🙂

    • Ha! Different reading tastes are what makes the world go round fortunately! Just like different food tastes! I didn’t like ‘The Golden Boys’ either – I adore Sonya Hartnett but find her heavy going sometimes!!!

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