BOOKS I READ IN 2015, A SAMPLING

2015 was the year I just didn't get what all the fuss was about re: The Girl On The Train
  1. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
    This was so depressing. I despised all the characters, with the exception of one little boy who seemed awfully sweet. This book is about a miserable married woman who has a lot of affairs. By the end, I didn't care what the hell happened to her. Did I mention it's depressing?
  2. I Want My MTV by Craig Marks
    Oh, this book was fun. Pull up the videos on YouTube as you're reading this book for extra credit. There is a whole chapter on Billy Squire's "Rock Me Tonite"!
  3. The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    Apparently this is a classic, loved by billions, but it didn't do much for me. It was way too long, and the Clare character was annoying. I had a hard time suspending reality to enjoy this one. How did none of Henry's coworkers think it was weird that he kept showing up naked? How did he hold down a job??
  4. The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig
    This book was fascinating. I loved the mix of drama, scandal, and science. It is written like a fiction novel, but tells the true story of how the birth control pill was discovered, financed, brought to the market, and all the obstacles along the way.
  5. When It Happens To You by Molly Ringwald
    Who knew she could write? This collection of stories is very well-written and touching. I really enjoyed this one.
  6. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
    This is closest to "the next Gone Girl". A twist at the end that literally made my mouth hang open and say "wha....?!?!?!?"
  7. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
    I still don't get what was so great about this. I felt ho-hum about it. Again, a bunch of characters with no redeeming qualities. Emily Blunt is going to be in the movie though, so I may have to check it out.
  8. The Martian by Andy Weir
    Really sharp writing and a witty, fun main character. A very interesting story and being a scientist by schooling, I could not put this down. The movie was very good also and followed the book pretty closely.
  9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    All the feels! Loved these characters and their blossoming relationship. Beautiful writing. I heard the sequel is not nearly as good, which makes me sad.
  10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    I have not read SK since high school. This was very engrossing, although not sure it needed to be 5000 pages. I really enjoyed this book. Loved how he tied up the ending.