MY FAVORITE READS IN 2015
In the order they were read (not all books published in 2015).
- •All the Bright Places - Jennifer NivenA YA love story between a girl coping with her sister's death and a bipolar boy. Heartbreaking.
- •The Rosie Project - Graeme SimsionThere's a reason this is an international bestseller. Don Tillman is looking for a wife and, as with everything he does, he goes about it in a professional and scientific way. Until he meets Rosie. Silly, lovely, touching.
- •Big Little Lies - Liane MoriartyThis cheeky mystery has everything. Well-written, impossible to put down, and just so, so good.
- •The Girl on the Train - Paula HawkinsAn awesome thriller debut about an alcoholic woman who gets wrapped up in the sudden disappearance of a woman with a seemingly charmed life. Fast-paced. You won't want to put it down.
- •The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy NelsonNelson's more recent book, I'll Give You the Sun, has received a lot of attention (and it IS great) but this one really sang to me. Nelson's writing is vivid and she touches on love, loss, and teen life in a realistic way.
- •Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica KnollA debut novel about TifAni FaNelli, a nasty 28 YO about to be married and leave her past behind. Whatever you think happened to her is just the beginning. Shocking. It sticks wth you. A breathtaking read.
- •Ugly Love - Colleen HooverColleen Hoover became a favorite author this year. This book was the beginning of it all. If you're looking for something easy to read and SO SUPER SEXY, you need this. (I loved all of her books, so this one represents the ones I read!)
- •The Martian - Andy WeirListened to the audiobook. The captivating, frightening, and delightfully funny story of a man left behind on Mars. ANY AND EVERYONE will love this book. (And it's so much better than the movie, which is also good.)
- •Shatter Me (series) - Tahereh MafiI forgot what it was like to care about characters for several books. Juliette can't touch people or they will die. Is she the only one like this? Will she ever know love? Will she ever accept her badassness? Loved these books. They kept me up at night in the BEST way and Mafi is an awesome writer.
- •Why Not Me? - Mindy KalingIt's Mindy. It's hysterical. That's all.
- •Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky AlbertalliThe LGBT cutesy contemporary we need in the world. The most adorable romcom with the BEST characters.
- •Carry On - Rainbow RowellI'm not one for magic but Rowell makes everything amazing. So good. Try not to love Baz. (you're going to fail).
- •Night Owls (The Anatomical Shape of a Heart) -Jenn BennettGreat YA contemporary about art and young love. Heart swells while reading this one, which I always take as a good sign.
- •Speak - Laurie Halse AndersonThis book is a modern classic and I'm ashamed it took so long. An important book about Melinda, a girl who has been ostracized by her classmates for calling the cops on an end-of-summer party. Unfortunately, no one knows the real reason behind her phone call and no one, including her parents, care to ask.
- •The Storied Life of AJ Fikry - Gabrielle ZevinA book about a bookstore owner who loves books. A delight, a slice of life and love, and an ode to reading.
- •Falling Into Place - Amy ZhangLiz Emerson crashed her car...on purpose. Why? A gorgeous, keep-tissues-handy story.
- •An Age of License - Lucy KnisleyKnisley's graphic travelogues and memoirs will leave you hungry for food and travel. They are also great examinations of life in your 20s. So good.
- •The Deal - Elle KennedyThanks to Colleen Hoover, I started to get into "New Adult" romance. These books are typically pretty sexy. The Deal is a classic romcom story, one that's definitely been done before, but it was SO FUNNY and such a delight to read. I had so much fun that I gave it the ol' 5 star treatment. (Also a good reminder to not judge a book by its cover haha)