Monday, December 7, 2015

Best Books of 2015

According to Goodreads, I've gotten through 61 books this year.  Which is a little insane, but I did read two yesterday, soooo.  Trying to narrow down my favorites was nearly impossible, so I focused more on books that were a little more under the radar - don't worry, All the Light We Cannot See and The Girl on the Train and all of them were great.

Oregon Trail // Admittedly, this is a book only some people will love.  I appreciate that an exhaustive retelling of two dudes time on the Oregon Trail is appealing to a smaller subset. But guys, it's so good. It's informative and engaging and smart and not boring. I read it at a music festival and ignored several food opportunities to keep reading.

It Was Me All Along // I've been reading Andie Mitchell's blog on and off for many years and adore her writing.  Reading her book felt like I was sitting at her kitchen table, eating pound cake and drinking tea and hearing stories.  She's a talented writer who makes her journey-to-health informative without being preachy and inspiring without the inclusion of any obnoxious idioms.

All the Old Knives // This book took me by surprise - I'm not even sure how it ended up in my Overdrive queue, but I'm glad it did.  It's a very quick read, but fully immersive. The book basically tells the story of a single dinner, but not really.  I loved it and couldn't put it down.

Furiously Happy // The Bloggess aka Jenny Lawson, is a blog I've loved for a long time.  She's a hilarious writer who's honesty keeps me coming back again and again. Just like her first book, Furiously Happy is funny and quick and easy to read and funny and funny and funny.  I love that this one also focuses on mental health. She makes it relatable and, though I don't struggle with most of what she has, I felt empathetic and understanding.  Also, it's wicked flipping funny.

Ember in the Ashes // TBH, I read this book yesterday.  But in my defense, I started it on a plane and was so engrossed I read it walking through the airport, waiting to board, walking down the jetway and on the next flight too.  And then it ended and I had no idea where I was or what year it was.  It might be a YA book, but it's phenomenal. Perfect for anyone who loves Hunger Games/Harry Potter/Percy Jackson etc.

The Painter // The whole premise of this book is kind of weird - a dude saves a horse from an abusive owner and then all of a sudden all of this murder/hiding/craziness happens. It escalates real quickly. It's also almost painfully well written, like I needed to take breaks to process how good it was.  The characters are perfect, the plot is quick and exciting. And the writing, oh the writing.


  1. I have not read one of these books. Thank you for reading them all for me. Maybe The Painter as a book group choice?

    1. LIBRARIAN FAIL! The Painter is a little racy for the suburban white girls, but you'd certainly have a lot to talk about.

  2. I have not read one of these books. Thank you for reading them all for me. Maybe The Painter as a book group choice?