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
- •Hausfrau by Jill Alexander EssbaumThis 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?
- •I Want My MTV by Craig MarksOh, 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"!
- •The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerApparently 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??
- •The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan EigThis 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.
- •When It Happens To You by Molly RingwaldWho knew she could write? This collection of stories is very well-written and touching. I really enjoyed this one.
- •The Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonThis is closest to "the next Gone Girl". A twist at the end that literally made my mouth hang open and say "wha....?!?!?!?"
- •The Girl On The Train by Paula HawkinsI 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.
- •The Martian by Andy WeirReally 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.
- •Me Before You by Jojo MoyesAll the feels! Loved these characters and their blossoming relationship. Beautiful writing. I heard the sequel is not nearly as good, which makes me sad.
- •11/22/63 by Stephen KingI 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.