Best Books of 2015

I can’t believe the chapter in my story titled “2015” is quickly coming to a close. Another year is in the bag and, with it, another year of reading. I love seeing my Goodreads “Year In Books” report  and reviewing all of the books that I’ve read over the past year. It’s so fun and gives me such a weird sense of accomplishment. These books are apart of me now. In their own unique ways, they have given me something or shaped a new idea in my mind.

Generally, I find something interesting or redeeming about almost every book I read. Still, as I review the books from the past year, some books do shine brighter than others. There are some books that I’m really glad I read and hope others will read, too, because I think they are important. They tell important stories. That’s why I bother to make a list of my favorites.

Plus, I like knowing what others thought were the “best of the best” because I rely heavily on recommendations and the opinions of my fellow readers when I decide on which books I’m going to read next. (I have to filter down my reading list somehow! There are only so many hours in a day!)

By the way, this is a list of books that I read in 2015, they weren’t necessarily published in 2015. As always, I’ll tell you only a brief description, if at all, because I think it’s better to know less, rather than more, when going into a book.

Drumroll, please. Here are *my* Best Books of 2015:

Best Fiction

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – I read this book all the way back in January and still remember vividly how I felt reading this book. It’s a haunting story of love, heartbreak and misunderstanding between two life-long friends.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – I could not stop reading this book. The glitz, the glamour, the deceit! Hands down, the most entertaining book that I read all year.

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Surely you’ve heard of this book by now? So I won’t tell you much about it. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely add it to your 2016 must-read list.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – I sincerely regret that I didn’t read this classic sooner. Grit, heartbreak, determination and love are words I’ll throw out to describe this book. I can’t really go beyond that and do the story any justice. This book was added to my all-time favorite books list.

Best Nonfiction

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – This story allowed me to experience the Appalachian Trail without any of the legwork! If you’re thinking a book about hiking sounds boring, think again. Bill Bryson is a master storyteller and I adore his wit and humor. I laughed through out the entire book.

A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorhead – This book tells the real-life stories of several French women that were sent to concentration camps because of their involvement with the French Resistance. This book left me with a new respect for what humans can endure and the power of hope and friendship in the darkest times.

Family Read Aloud

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Little Britches by Ralph Moody – This book is like the Little House on the Prairie series, but for boys, with characters and stories that are just as lovable. The book is filled with hard life-lessons and wisdom. I think this is an important story that most children should read and one that most parents will truly appreciate.

The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson – This book follows the travels of an adventurous young man as he leaves his home in Ireland and, ultimately, finds himself in Chicago working with the crew that built the first Ferris Wheel. Everyone will enjoy the grit and determination it took the crew to battle time, physics and skeptics to get the wheel built. There is also a sweet love story woven between the action and suspense.

 

Your turn: What were your favorite books of 2015?

 

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6 thoughts on “Best Books of 2015

  1. I adore Bill Bryson! I’d highly recommend his other travel books as well, especially In a Sunburned Country (Australia), Notes from a Small Island (England), and the Lost Continent (America). Enjoy!

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  3. My mom & I listened to A Walk in the Woods when we drove from IL to WA for our first base. We used the Cracker Barrel audiobook program where you can buy at one location & return at another location (less a small fee) for that book and a couple others that trip.

    Are Maude and Yellow Crocus on your to-read lists? I loved both of those this year (Yellow Crocus may have been last year…I forget now). I just finished listening to The Color of Secrets and I think it ranks as one of my top books this year. I also enjoyed The Girl from Krakow & While We’re Far Apart but those aren’t in my Top 5 of the year.

    We start Little Britches in February, I believe.

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  4. The Martian was probably the best book I read this year. Really fun with great dialogue and enough science to make it seem real without being overbearing. Looking forward to watching the movie.

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