I’m going to kick off my “Favorite Reads of 2015” series with the oldest book to make the list. One of my favorite reads of 2015 in the “earlier books I first read in 2015” category was We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.
For some reason, I thought I had read this before… maybe because I’ve seen so many people talk about it. After a few pages, I was wonderfully pleased to discover this was actually unknown territory, and I was in for a first reading of a book that I ended up loving like mad. Shirley Jackson is just so, so damn good! The slow reveal of past events that led up to the family’s situation at the beginning of the novel is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever read.
Much as I also love The Haunting of Hill House, I could see myself revisiting We Have Always Lived in the Castle even more frequently. This is one of the best and most memorable books I’ve encountered in the past five years.
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