Versailles was seriously one of the best parts of the trip. Absolutely loved it.
I can't believe we are halfway through 2015 - where is life going?! I have read a lot of good books this year (and okay some bad ones too!) and I wanted to share them just in case you haven't read them yet. The link up is for tomorrow but I wanted to have my cake and eat it too, aka Training for Tuesday is tomorrow.
So, Top Ten Mondays. These are just books I have read, not necessarily published this year.
1. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
It wouldn't be a list of books from Kristen if there wasn't some kind of regency romance on here. I loved this one because it was written for a modern audience and I think people would enjoy this even if regency is not their thing.
2. The Martian by Andy Weir
Why, yes I will recommend this book at every possible chance. If you can get a hold of the audiobook, even better - it helps to understand the sciencey and maths stuff. Love love love loved this book.
3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
I think this should be mandatory reading for everyone.
4. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
I really enjoyed this book (duh, or it wouldn't be on this list) though it's probably my least favourite on the list - that sounds bad, but I just mean it didn't stay with me as long as the others or change my life. But I still loved it.
I take that back. I was getting it confused with another book that I enjoyed but didn't love. I HIGHLY recommend The Storied Life. So good.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I wish I had read this years ago. Seriously.
6. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
I still randomly think about this book, and I read it in February. I don't know why, I just really enjoyed it.
7. The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
Ah, this book. This book. So many feels. Such a hard topic to think about, let alone read about (or write about, kudos to you Sibley). I loved this book, even with all the tears it made me spill.
8. The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Okay this list is about enjoyment not literary masterpieces, and I gobbled this book up like the fatty I am would gobble up cake. No shame in my Royal loving game. It's not technically about Kate Middleton, but details schmetails.
9. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
This wasn't an easy read for me because I like to live in my bubble and ignore things like this. I almost didn't want to read this book, but I got over myself and read it. I really, really loved it. It was so unbelievably heartbreaking and depressing. But I loved it. Which makes no sense, I know.
10. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
This might be my favourite book this year, tied with The Martian. Perhaps because with both of them, I went into it thinking 'well everyone else loved this but I doubt I will'. I also had no idea what The Sea of Tranquility was about before I started, but I absolutely loved it.
Linking up with The Broke and The Bookish.
Don't forget Training for Tuesday is tomorrow!
What's the best book you've read this year?