BOOKS I READ IN 2015

  1. Yes Please, Amy Poehler
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Go buy and read this this instant. I'm not even a little bit kidding.
  2. Bossypants, Tina Fey
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Read it. She's great, end of story.
  3. Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Was pleasantly surprised by how much of the first season came from her actual experiences.
  4. The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday
    ⭐️⭐️Honestly, meh. I personally didn't find anything groundbreaking in his words, just a lot of recycled stuff I've heard dozens of times elsewhere.
  5. Love Does, Bob Goff
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Extraordinary stories from a man who has lived an extraordinary life centered on love.
  6. One More Thing, @bjnovak
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Blew me away. Easily the best new fiction in the past few years. This is a must-read, must-own.
  7. Girl Walks Into a Bar..., Rachel Dratch
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Funny, honest, poignant. I loved Dratch before, I adore her now.
  8. Prey, Michael Crichton
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Phenomenally creepy and smart.
  9. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Definitely couldn't put it down, read without having seen the film.
  10. Longitudes and Attitudes, Thomas L. Friedman
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Brilliant work. Incredible in its own right, stunning to read 14 years later. An important collection and a Pullitzer Prize well-deserved.
  11. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This story lives up to its name so well that I actually hesitate to recommend it to friends, simply because it will knock you down and keep you there days after the final pages. But I couldn't put it down.
  12. Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down, Rosecrans Baldwin
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Witty tellings of an American's 18 months in the city of love, a city near to my heart. Anyone who has lived in France will relate to this; anyone who hasn't will want to move there.
  13. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️Couldn't put it down because I wanted to know the whole story, but I also wanted to punch every single character in the face every single page, to the point where I almost decided I didn't actually care all that much about what happened. Almost.
  14. Rising Sun, Michael Crichton
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️Still good storytelling, not the most thrilling tale told.
  15. Dark Summit, Nick Heil
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Excellent recounting of the events on Everest's Tibetan side in 2006; explains enough that those with no mountaineering knowledge can gain full understanding of the mountain and the climb, but is just brief enough that even seasoned mountaineers will stay engaged.
  16. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, Kristin Newman
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Fantastic stories, important advice, hilarious all around. Warning: you will want to move to Argentina immediately upon completion of this book.
  17. Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️Important history that has been conveniently skipped-over in American schools since it took place. Took me two tries to get through it, though.
  18. Climbing High, Lene Gammelgaard
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️Wasn't quite what I expected, but still worth a read to better understand what happened in 1996 on Everest.
  19. The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Fascinating look at happiness across the globe, and sometimes the lackthereof. Fueled the wanderlust and my interest in positive psychology.
  20. Airframe, Michael Crichton
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️Shows his usual level of in-depth understanding of all things mechanical and scientific, but the overall story left me wanting.
  21. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Really important, fascinating data and studies on the plight of romance in the twenty-first century, but it reads like Aziz is just sitting there telling you all this crazy stuff he found out. Which is how all academic books should read (can we get someone on that?).
  22. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Worth reading. Flynn is again skilled at the not-so-cookie-cutter family dynamics.
  23. Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I listened to the audiobook which I absolutely highly recommend. Nick reads it himself so it's basically like he's your favorite uncle who decided to pass down all of his wisdom and anecdotes to you and you alone. Plus his laugh is absolutely infectious.
  24. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Riveting. Seriously. Accidentally stayed up until 3am reading this one night when I most definitely had to be at work at 8am. Just do yourself a favor and read this ASAP.
  25. Le Petit Prince, Saint Antoine-Exupery
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Just beautiful. A classic for a reason. Only French book I read this year, but definitely the right one. Everyone should read this, annually.
  26. Disclosure, Michael Crichton
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Very different from his usual topics, but well-done in every aspect.
  27. I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️An incredible girl, from an incredible family, with an incredibly story. I admire her to no end. Her story is far from over.
  28. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️France, the Occupation, strong female leads who do so much more than woo the men. Aka everything I want in a novel. Highest of recommendations.
  29. Why Not Me?, @mindy
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Mindy is exactly who we need in Hollywood right now, because she's a badass woman who actually loves McDonald's and is seriously funny. Her book represents all of this and more.
  30. The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Obviously a book with an agenda, but surprisingly one that delivers. Part of my re-exploration of faith and spirituality that emerged in 2015. Worth a read regardless of your personal convictions.
  31. Rising Strong, Brené Brown
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Life changing doesn't cover it. This book came into my life at a time I needed it most and I could not be more grateful. If everyone read her books and took them to heart the world would be an astonishingly better place.
  32. The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️Lots of little-known info on the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, less info on the serial killer. History buffs will love it, sad souls like me who want more blood and intrigue in their reads may find it to be a bit lacking.
  33. High Crimes, Michael Kodas
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Kodas weaves together several stories from the Top of the World so seamlessly that he draws you right in. The things he uncovers about what it's truly like up there are disturbing and ultimately depressing, but incredibly important.
  34. The Virgin Way, Richard Branson
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Everything I want in a business leader, and in myself as an employee and colleague. Fascinating and funny.
  35. The Inferno, translated by Anthony Esolen
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The only English translation of the Divine Comedy worth your time. Exquisitely written and perfectly modern; this is not the book you remember hating in high school. Esolen is a true artist.