Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 ~ Another Great Year for Reading!

My annual books post is truly one of my favorite things!  My goal for 2015 was simply to read at least as many books as 2014 (34 books to be exact).  Well, I barely made it.  Sometime around early November, I realized I was WAY BEHIND.  So what did I do?  I started reading like a crazy woman. Luckily, I had a ton of good books lined up and it all worked out.  I finished my 34th book on December 30th.  Woot Woot!  Just ask Alain how excited I was!!!   My rundown is below and my favorites all include a cover photo.  Also, I keep Pinterest boards of all my books read each year!

1. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han  ~ I LOVED this book.  So adorable.  Made me miss high school so much.:

I LOVED high school and this book made me miss it enough to taste it.  I hope to read the follow-up in 2016.

2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ~ DAZZLING! Just read it.:

Just jump on the bandwagon and read it.  Dazzling is how I described it on my Pinterest board.

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell  ~ WOW, what a fantastic way to start the new year of reading.  I loved, loved, loved this book!  Made it onto my all-time favorites list.  Way to go, Rainbow!:

I really loved this book.  It's the reason I read so many Rainbow Rowell books this year. But this one is my favorite of the Rainbow bunch!

4. Things A Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone

Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind by Biz Stone ~ I found this book to be very inspiring!:

I don't tweet or use Twitter but, for some reason, I borrowed this book from the library.  So glad I did because I found it endlessly inspiring!

5. Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
6. Wideacre by Phillipa Gregory
7. Love The Home You Have by Melissa Michaels
8. All The Money In The World by Laura Vanderkam
9. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
10. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

* This was not one of my favorites.  I keep trying to like Rubin's books because EVERYONE else does but they just don't work for me.  I will probably just skip the next one.

11. The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner

12. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande:

Definitely the most important book I read this year.  If you haven't already read this book, get thee to a library or bookstore PRONTO.  You can thank me later.

13. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
14. Dodging Extinction by Anthony Barnosky

15. How To Raise A Wild Child by Scott Sampson

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature: Scott D. Sampson. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.  Want my own copy.:

I have the most nature-loving kids I know.  By far.  It's everyone else who should be reading this book.  Still, I was so inspired and definitely want to get my own copy for home.

16. The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
17. Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
18. Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos

19. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns): Mindy Kaling.  SO HYSTERICAL....I'm so glad I read this!:

Is there anyone who DOESN'T like Mindy Kaling?  I can't imagine.  I'm so glad I read this book.  It was truly hysterical and had me crying with laughter.

20. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story: Dan Harris.  My favorite book so far this year!:

I still can't figure out why I loved this book so much.  It's definitely at the top of my favorites list for the year though.

21. Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
22. A Curious Mind by Brain Grazer

23. All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

All Four Stars: Tara Dairman --> Such a wonderful, light-hearted book.  I adored it!:

Oh my goodness, this book is so precious.  If you know of a young girl who likes to read, PLEASE buy her this book.  I read the follow-up just a few months after finishing this book.  You go, Tara!

24. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Girl Waits with Gun: Amy Stewart:

I don't think I'd include this on my favorites list but it did win my vote for "BEST COVER"!

25. Walkable City by Jeff Speck
26. One Year Off by David Elliot Cohen
27. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

28. The Stars of Summer by Tara Dairman

The Stars of Summer: An All Four Stars Book by Tara Dairman ~ I ADORE this series!:

29. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell ~ I can't get enough of Rainbow!!!:

Rainbow, I loved this one too!  You rock!  I want to BE YOU.  :-)

30. Watch Me: A Memoir by Anjelica Houston
31. My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road: Gloria Steinem.  I LOVE her and I loved reading this book.  One of my favorites from this year!:

Gloria.  Steinem.  Enough said.

32. Sick In The Head by Judd Apatow

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy: Judd Apatow.  Judd is my crush and I adored reading his book!:

So Judd Apatow is one of my celebrity crushes.  This does not mean I like his movies.  They really don't appeal to me much.  But Judd, the person.  Crushin' hard.  I loved reading this book just to learn more about him.

33. The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian: Andy Weir ~ amazing story!:

I can't say this is the best writing I've encountered but, with a story like this one, it's hard not to keep someone totally on the edge of their seat.  At the end of the book, my adrenaline was off the charts. Still undecided if I'll see the movie.  Tell me what you thought!

34. Green Metropolis by David Owen

All in all, I enjoyed the books I read this year.  I'd love to hear what you were reading in 2015.  I love to start off the new year with a list of books recommended by friends & family.  What was your favorite book you read this year?  Did you read any of these?



  1. All The Light We Cannot See...that is the only one that I thought I might be able to read. (You know I don't read fiction at all but that sounded very good.)

    1. Kay, I do prefer nonfiction....did you read any good ones this year?

  2. I loved reading about your books for 2015, Audrey! I've been keeping track of mine on my blog this year. 26 ~ Yikes! It doesn't matter that many of them were long and that I didn't include my non-fiction research books, I was still shocked at the small number. I read "The Martian" in 2014 I think. I loved it; and I traced his path on the surface of Mars through a Martian site at the University of Arizona planetary science department. It was very accurate and tied into the actual topography. I loved the movie too, although the movie cut a few things. I would say go see the movie! I saw a number of titles in your list I'd like to try. Thanks for sharing, and happy reading in 2016!


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