BOOKS I HAVE READ SO FAR IN 2015

Inspired by @bjnovak - my goal is to hit 20, we're not doing so well thus far.
  1. The Madman's Daughter
    Inspired by The Island of Dr. Moreau, this is a quick and compelling read. Compelling enough for the rest of the series? Meh.
  2. Yes Please
    It's hard for me to say no to something of Amy Poehler's, and this one did not disappoint. I am a sucker for anything that can be considered a memoir, so this was a no brainer.
  3. The Secret History
    Holy. Shit. This is no quickie but is 100% worth it. Belongs on the top of everyone's to-read list.
  4. The Girl on the Train
    An excellent suspenseful little thriller. I was comparing it to Gone Girl the whole time, which drew me in quicker and to which I give a solid 9/10. This one came in at a 7/10, definitely nothing to sneeze at.
  5. Brewster
    A great read if you're like me and enjoy reading books about small towns and the shit that goes on there and the havoc that they wreak on the minds of those who come and go.
  6. This Is Where I Leave You
    Dark and judgmental. A quick read again, but one of those hard-to-like-the-characters situations that makes the at-times forced humor tough to stomach.
  7. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
    File under crazy people disappearing without a trace, as if the title didn't really give that away. An epistolary quick read, this gets a soft recommendation from me.
  8. The Mysterious Benedict Society
    A children's book that tries to be Harry Potter at times, but cute and fun for those who love a good puzzle.
  9. Tinkers
    I read this because of its accolades. It was a struggle to get through in terms of plot, despite its short length. Is the writing good? Extremely. Was I ever hooked? No.
  10. The Year We Left Home
    Back to small town struggles, in a way. This book started off so strong for me, but fizzled out unfortunately quickly.
  11. The Virgin Suicides
    A dark title and a movie I had already seen. This wasn't my favorite, but was a quick read nonetheless. The narration wasn't great, and it's one of those books without characters to root for, but if you like the movie, why not?
  12. Not That Kind of Girl
    I am by no means the number one fan of @lenadunham. Or Girls. But I finished this in one sitting. Wonderfully written, a great voice to this memoir kept me hooked from he start. Well done.
  13. The Longings of Wayward Girls
    Creepy undertones drew me to his, but it turned out to be maybe 1/3 as creepy as anticipated. Not terrible, not my first recommendation, either.
  14. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Yes. That's all.
  15. Orange Is the New Black
    As a fan of the Netflix series, I was ready for the book that inspired this sensation. I'll be honest: I prefer the show. But I enjoyed reading Piper's story in the less romanticized Hollywood version all the same.
  16. Me Talk Pretty One Day
    I am a huge fan of David Sedaris. This book, a classic of his, does not disappoint by any means. I would read anything of his, so maybe I'm not the best reviewer for this, but I loved every second of this one.
  17. Food: A Love Story
    Lord knows why I ever decided upon this one. But I found myself laughing out loud at Gaffigan's humor here. No complaints.
  18. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology
    I love reading memoirs and I love cults, so this seemed perfect. It was a bit slow. No, it was very slow. But I enjoyed the knowledge I gained about Scientology as a whole regardless.
  19. Station Eleven
    Page turner. Post apocalyptic setting. I'm in.
  20. The Fall
    I love Poe stories so much, and this reimagining of The Fall of the House of Usher did not disappoint. A quick YA novel, I'd recommend this to all YA-accepting fans of the original work.
  21. Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone
    Creepy title? Check. Creepy story? Yeah. I also enjoy stories told from multiple lenses, so this was a slam dunk for me.
  22. I Am Malala
    I love Malala. A true inspiration to young women everywhere, this is a moving story about her life in Pakistan and the ultimate fate she met there. Not the best writing, but great to hear it in her voice. Definitely recommended.
  23. One More Thing
    @bjnovak , I had to end the year on a positive note with your short stories. I found myself laughing out loud at an embarrassing volume while reading at the gate waiting for my flight to New York in the first 3 pages alone. Many thanks, this was one of my favorites that I read in 2015.