Book List 2015

As I have mentioned in the past, I keep a log of the books that I read throughout the year in a Google spreadsheet that I share with some wonderful friends. We share book recommendations and comment on what each other is reading throughout the year. Some years we read more, and some we read less, but we are a no-commitment book club filled with people who love to read and whose opinions we respect. 

In 2015, I set my goal for the year at 75 books - a little bit higher than last year's goal of 65 - and I managed to not only reach it, but to exceed it! Here are the books that I read in 2015, in the order that I read them. My favorites are shown in hot pink and any book that I listened to on Audible has an (A) next to it to indicate that I did so. 

1. One Plus One / Jojo Moyes
2. The Museum of Extraordinary Things / Alice Hoffman
3. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society / Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
4. Us / David Nicholls
5. And the Dark Sacred Night / Julia Glass
6. The Patron Saint of Liars / Ann Patchett
7. Walking Dead, Compendium 1 / Robert Kirkman
8. The House Girl / Tara Conklin
9. In the Heart of the Sea / Nathaniel Philbrick
10. The Tao of Martha / Jen Lancaster
11. Murder on the Orient Express / Agatha Christie
12. The Year of Pleasures / Elizabeth Berg
13. To All the Boys I've Loved Before / Jenny Han
14. Before I Go To Sleep / S.J. Watson
15. Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 / Stephen Puleo
16. Attachments / Rainbow Rowell
17. Flash Boys / Michael Lewis
18. Astonish Me / Maggie Shipstead
19. The Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins (A)
20. Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel
21. Landline / Rainbow Rowell
22. Bringing Up Bebe / Pamela Druckerman
23. Yes, Please / Amy Poehler (A) 
24. Love Life / Rob Lowe (A)
25. The Paying Guests / Sarah Waters
26. Leaving Time / Jodi Picoult
27. Three Wishes / Liane Moriarty
28. The Orphans of Race Point / Patry Francis
29. The Cuckoo's Calling / Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
30. Love Letters to the Dead / Ava Dellaira
31. The Summer I Turned Pretty / Jenny Han
32. It's Not Summer Without You / Jenny Han
33. We'll Always Have Summer / Jenny Han
34. PS I Still Love You / Jenny Han
35. Everything I Never Told You / Celeste Ng
36. I Am Malala / Malala Yousefzai (A)
37. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena / Anthony Marra
38. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / Lisa See
39. Someday, Someday Maybe / Lauren Graham
40. The Good Girl / Mary Kubica (A)
41. Modern Romance / Aziz Ansari (A)
42. The Martian / Andy Weir
43. Taft / Ann Patchett
44. Me, Earl & the Dying Girl / Jesse Andrews
45. The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction / Robert McMahon
46. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness / Susannah Cahalan (A)
47. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands / Chris Bohjalian
48. The Language of Flowers / Vanessa Diffenbaugh
49. Perfect Little Ladies / Abby Drake
50. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion / Frannie Flagg
51. The Cold War: A New History / John Lewis Gaddis
52. Medium Raw / Anthony Bourdain
53. The Winter People / Jennifer McMahon
54. Elizabeth is Missing / Emma Healey
55. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee (A)
56. Happiness for Beginners / Katherine Center
57. Go Set a Watchman / Harper Lee
58. The Sea of Tranquility / Katja Millay
59. Food: A Love Story / Jim Gaffigan (A)
60. Why Not Me? / Mindy Kaling (A)
61. All the Bright Places / Jennifer Niven
62. Fangirl / Rainbow Rowell
63. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children / Ransom Riggs
64. I Kill the Mockingbird / Paul Acampora
65. Down the Rabbit Hole / Holly Madison (A)
66. Going Off Script / Guiliana Rancic (A)
67. The Country of Ice Cream Star / Sandra Newman
68. The Royal We / Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
69. The Pearl that Broke its Shell / Nadia Hashimi
70. Simon and the Homo Sapien's Agenda / Becky Albertalli
71. Truth and Beauty / Ann Patchett
72. Emmy & Oliver / Robin Benway
73. How to Start a Fire / Lisa Lutz
74. Unbecoming / Rebecca Sherm
75. Carol (or The Price of Salt) / Patricia Highsmith
76. The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap / Wendy Welch

Keeping track of statistics? This year I read 14 memoirs, listened to 12 books on Audible, enjoyed 14 YA novels, made my way through 5 non-fiction works (excluding memoirs), disliked 7 books and either really liked or absolutely loved 20 of the 78 books that I read (the other 51 books I genuinely enjoyed, but neither hated nor loved).

And for some further breakdown, I read 8 books in January, 10 in February, 3 in March, 3 in April, 6 in May, 4 in June, 6 in July, 14 in August, 4 in September, 6 in October, 4 in November, and 8 in December. 

Of my 10 absolute favorites (hot pink above), I still get ALL THE FEELS thinking about To All the Boys I Loved Before, The Orphans of Race Point and The Sea of Tranquility. And the favorites that surprised me the most (meaning that I didn't think these would be favorites) were Before I Go to Sleep (SERIOUSLY. THIS BOOK. IT IS A MUST READ.) and How to Start a Fire

Overall, this was a wonderful year for reading, made possible in part by fitness challenges where I spent long hours on the treadmill, a record breaking snowy winter in Boston, listening to books on Audible, and genuinely finding and falling in love with some incredible characters.

Want to join along in my literary adventures? You can follow along with me on Goodreads! Did you meet your reading goals this year? What were your favorites of 2015? Please leave them in the comments - everyone loves a great recommendation!  



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