Books I Read and Loved This Year

Inspired by all of the 2015 book lists. They are wonderful and I'm saving all of them. Thank you! Here are the ones I loved this year in no particular order. There are a lot of "also rans" this year that I might list about at another time.
  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    The theme for this list could also be: I read everything after people have stopped talking about it. I really liked the book. I've read some of the criticism and understand it. In the end, I really liked the story.
  2. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Recommended by a friend. I know this is a good book because it's been 8 months since and I still think about it at random moments. Also, I stupidly did not put the author's last name and The Mindy Project together until months later when I read it in an article. 😳
  3. Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
    I liked it better than Wolf Hall and not just because it was shorter. I just felt the story stayed moving and kept my interest better.
  4. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
    I purchased this a couple of years ago and for some reason (the daunting number of pages?) I never read it. This is a fantastic book. Add baseball as a background and St Louis Cardinals references and I'm in love. 😍
  5. Empty Mansions by Paul Clark Newell, Bill Debman
    A fascinating story of a woman growing up during the Guilded Age with all of the related privilege and how she became reclusive.
  6. The Girl on the Train
    I'm not sure I actually "loved" this book. I read it on the beach so that may be giving me a rose colored filter. I was engaged throughout the story and had strong feelings about the main character which I enjoy (bad or good). Also if I ever see anyone drink a Gin and Tonic from a can I won't be able to keep quiet because of this book.
  7. The Royal We by @fuggirls
    I've recommended this a couple of times on here. A really fun read I couldn't put down.
  8. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    The only book that I've ever had to google to see if other people were as confused by the ending as I was. Still very fun read and keeps you on your toes. I have the companion to read for 2016.
  9. Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling
    A fun quick read with an unexpected number of empowering messages. Relistening to her first book also got my sister and I through an overnight drive this year.
  10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    It's as good as everyone says. It's fascinating, heartbreaking, and uplifting.
  11. The Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen
    I usually listen to this series. The narrator is fantastic. They are fun quick mysteries set in England during the depression. Wallis Simpson makes a few cameos that are fantastic.
  12. Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
    I'd enjoyed Maine and The Engagements so I went back to her debut novel. Maine is still my favorite but I love the characters in this book.
  13. The Astronauts Wives Club
    I like history so I enjoyed this aspect of the book the most. I even tried to watch the tv show 😬
  14. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
    This was a delightful book set in coastal Rhode Island in the late 30s. It was a good vacation read with a little more gravitas than my usual beach book.
  15. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    I'm actually finishing this tonight (so just under the wire). It is beautiful and haunting. I'm not sure I can see the movie, though.