5. The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber
First in a series about a young widow who finds herself struggling to move past the suspicions of her fellow house guests when a woman is found murdered on the property. Loved the atmosphere, the story, and the building romance between Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage.
4. The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston
A mystical tale set in Wales about a modern day potter who keeps getting glimpses of a wise woman who lived in the area in 918 AD and was at the center of a devastating piece of Welsh history. Pack your bags cause you'll want to travel to Wales.
3. The Martian by Andy Weir
This novel had me anxiously reading about astronaut Mark Watney and his struggle to survive after being left alone on Mars. What? Yep. It was made into a movie starring Matt Damon, but please read the book first! It really is a great blend of science, humor, action, and an amazing adventure tale. So good.
2. The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
I didn't get to read too many non-fiction titles this year, but when I did, I read an excellent one by Rinker Buck. I even had the pleasure of meeting him when he came to my Barnes & Noble for a reading and signing in July. This tale of Rinker and his brother, who drive a wagon complete with mules along the Oregon Trail over the course of a summer, will make you laugh out loud and appreciate the gumption that made this country what it is today.
And my top read of 2015 is......
1. The Great Christmas Knit-off by Alexandra Brown
I know. Crazy. But sometimes a girl needs to read something fun, sweet, and utterly British. I loved this tale of second chances, knitting, and a winter wonderland all tucked into the English countryside. It came to me at the perfect time, and helped me relax during a particularly stressful Christmas time. I can't wait to read more in this series. You rock Alexandra Brown!