Best of 2015: Books

Goodreads has the following ratings: 1 star = did not like it, 2 stars = it was okay, 3 stars = liked it, 4 stars = really liked it, 5 stars = it was amazing. This year I read 77 books and only gave four of them 5 stars. Those four were:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova: This was a heartbreaking story about a woman who gets early onset Alzheimer. She is a brilliant Harvard professor and it is really hard to read about her experience as she struggles to deal with day to day life and to come to terms with her disease. I could not put the book down even though I really did not want to get to the end.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park: A true story about two different children in the Sudan. One is a girl who has to walk all day every day to go and get water and bring it back to her home. The other is a boy who gets separated from his family by war and ends up in s a surprising place in the end.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: I am a sucker for a book about WWII and this one was no exception! This was a story about a blind French girl and a German radio operator who we follow along each of their own paths in the war until they finally meet in the French village of Saint Malo. The writer does a great job of keeping you entertained while giving us a bit of WWII history at the same time.

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah: Yet another WWII book, this one is also set in German occupied France and it gives us a bit of insight into the role that women had in the war and as part of the Resistance.

There were also several which I gave 4 stars to. Of those, these were my favorites:

The Martian by Andy Weir: A story about a man accidentally stranded on Mars and his attempt at survival and his hope for rescue.

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett: A bunch of short stories about writing, life, love and friendship. She has a quick wit and a way of writing that I really enjoyed.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: Another WWII book! This one is about an English girl who gets captured by the Germans and the story takes place while she is being interrogated by them. She gives them as little information as possible, but in the end, she does give them information.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio: The story of a kid born with a facial abnormality and his struggles to fit into "real life". You can't help but love him and you want to protect him from the outside world.

11/22/63 by Stephen King: The story of a man who goes back in time in order to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy. However, no action is without consequence. The only complaint I had about this book is that it was very long! It was almost 900 pages. Otherwise it was a hit.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: The story of an autistic man and his quest for a girlfriend. Being a man of lists, he creates one to guide him on his quest.

What were your favorite books in 2015? 


  1. We are blog twins today. :) I have read all but one of the books you gave 5 stars to - I'll add the one I didn't read to my list! Still Alice goes down as one of my all-time favorite books. I have only read 1/2 of the books that made your 4 star favorites list so I will have to check the other ones out, although I am not sure if I can read 11/22/63 as I don't do well with SUPER LONG books!

  2. I loved Still Alice as well. And The Nightingale, which I did read this year. I was so so on code name verity. I really want to read All the Light We Cannot See as I have heard very good things about it!

  3. I like reading these lists because I'm always on the hunt for a good book! I (like most people) really enjoyed The Girl on the Train, and I also liked What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

  4. A Long Walk to Water sounds really good! I should add that one to my to read list. You are right I didn't really like All the Light We Cannot See, I just found it to be very slow moving! This is the story of a happy marriage also sounds really interesting, I will add it to my to read list as well!

  5. Reading booking during travel and visit is my favorite hobby. Hope your list of books will be great to read.

  6. Everyone is recommending All the Light We Cannot See, and I can't wait to read it. Unfortunately, I'm still number 19 or 20 on the waiting list for it at the library.... I think my favorites of the year were 1Q84 (older but I hadn't read it until this year), Americanah, Tell the Wolves I'm Home, and A Head Full of Ghosts.


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