Today I’ll be detailing the books that came eighth and seventh in my top ten list of books I read in 2015.
First up, at number eight is Size Doesn’t Matter by Meg Cabot.
(Author’s Note: In some countries, this book is titled Big Boned)
Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with “rebound beau,” vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately in “Death Dorm,” the aptly nicknamed student residence that Heather assistant-directs. Of course every silver lining ultimately has some black cloud attached. And when the latest murdered corpse to clutter up her jurisdiction turns out to be her exceedingly unlovable boss, Heather finds herself on the shortlist of prime suspects. – from Goodreads.com
I read the first two books in the Heather Wells mysteries in 2010 whilst I was travelling on my gap year, and only read the third, fourth and fifth books in the series recently. What originally drew me to Size 12 is Not Fat, the first book in the series, was it’s body positive attitude, and also the murder mystery style themes of the narrative. This set of books is a prime example of the mantra ‘never judge a book by it’s cover‘, as the installments seem to be represented as romance novels, rather than of the crime genre. Although there is romance a-plenty in this quintet, what really sold the book to me was Heather Wells’ character and ammeter sleuthing, something that all crime fans probably aspire to. I gave this book four out of five stars.
(Honourable mention goes to Size 12 and Ready to Rock and The Bride Wore Size 12, both of which I read on Kindle and do not have physical copies of just yet.)
Next, we have Lorali by Laura Dockrill at number seven.
Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical – this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted. Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn’t exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from. – from Goodreads.com
What I loved about Lorali was the fact it was set in Hastings, which is the town over from where I live in Bexhill. Hastings is a town full of history, rich with depth and mystique, perfect, in fact, for a fantasy novel. Couple this with some vivid poetic description and lyrical narration, and you’ve got yourself a winner in my eyes. This charming book was a joy to read, and presented story-telling at it’s finest. I gave this book five stars.
Tomorrow I’ll have a look at numbers six and five of my top ten list, and we’ll see which books narrowly missed out on top five status.